There's a lot of chatter about the 2014 NHL free-agent class being thin on talent. While there might not be any monstrous names hitting the market on July 1, there are still a handful of players who could be difference-makers for their new clubs.
Paul Stastny is arguably the best forward available, but there are a few guys who might have something to say about that. Thomas Vanek will draw a lot of interest, and don't be surprised to see Matt Moulson land a decent payday.
A name that hasn't popped in many discussions is Mike Cammalleri, but he could possibly be the most effective player who finds a new home this summer. The reason for that is simple. While Stastny will be looked on to be part of a core somewhere, Cammalleri will be asked to do one thing: score goals.
There's a number of good two-way players, strong checkers and excellent passers. The rarest ability in hockey is the ability to score goals. Cammalleri is never going to win a Selke, but he knows how to find the back of the net.
No real update... We’re continuing to talk to see if there’s a deal there and if there is, we’ll announce it and if there’s not, we won’t. Not a whole lot to report. We’re continuing to see if there’s a deal there that makes sense.
If the Flames can't come to terms with the 32-year-old, he'll be a nice consolation prize for a team that strikes out on Vanek. Where would Cammalleri fit in best, though?
The purpose of this list isn't necessarily to predict where he will end up. Instead, we're examining where he'd be most useful.