Updates from Tuesday, July 1
Mark Spector of Sportsnet has the latest on Cammalleri:
Calgary #Flames going all out to retain Mike Cammalleri, have made "several offers." Player's camp quiet this morning.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 1, 2014
Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that a deal is done for the talented winger:
Devils sign Cammalleri: 5 years, $25 million.— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) July 1, 2014
The Calgary Flames are still working to retain one of their assistant captains. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that the team and Mike Cammalleri remain at an impasse over the terms to a potential new deal:
CGY and pending UFA Mike Cammalleri still talking contract. Term, more than $, would appear to be the issue. #TSN— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 16, 2014
Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca also reported that term remains the sticking point. With the Flames clearly in rebuilding mode, Cammalleri wants to be protected:
Term is still the issue between CGY and Mike Cammalleri. If he's going to stay in on a rebuild, he'll want plenty of it.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) June 30, 2014
Some fans wondered if Calgary's selection of Sam Bennett paved the way for Cammalleri's departure. Spector argues the opposite:
Doesn't. CGY badly needs Cammo's 26 goals, 20:00/night. RT @JohnMo77: How does Bennett make Cammo expendable?— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) June 30, 2014
Bennett is the team's future up front, but he's not going to be helping the team in the immediate future. Cammalleri can help the franchise maintain a competitive product while it goes about the task of picking up the pieces and build a contender once again.
After the departure of Jarome Iginla, the 32-year-old has become an even more indispensable player for the Flames. As Spector tweeted out, they don't have too many other guys who can pour in 20-plus goals and also contribute with double digits in assists.
As one of the best left wings on the market, Cammalleri will have plenty of teams interested in his services, especially if he's still on the market when Thomas Vanek finds a home. That will only drive demand higher.
Cammalleri can be a streaky scorer, but compared to the other unrestricted free agents, his goal-scoring record speaks for itself. And with his age, he has more than a few good seasons left in the tank.
He's clearly in line for a nice payday. The only question is whether he'll have to leave Calgary to get it.