Cammalleri decision comes down
Rich Hammond is reporting at Inside the Kings that Mike Cammalleri has been awarded a two-year, $6.7-million contract in arbitration.
Those are some surprisingly low figures for a player who had an 80-point season last year, and the Kings will definitely match if they are accurate.
UPDATE The Kings are confirming they've come to terms with Cammalleri. No figures there.
UPDATE Hammond confirms the numbers and notes that GM Dean Lombardi said there wouldn't be a trade. It's curious just how tight against the cap Los Angeles is, even after this extremely favourable decision.
And with Steve Montador receiving an $800,000 decision in Florida, that's all she wrote for arbitration this summer. Monday was the final deadline for rulings.
UPDATE Hammond has a transcript of an interview with Lombardi regarding the aftermath of all this:
"I think part of this was a theoretical discussion about how the market is evolving under this new system, with free agency at such a young age, and its impact on young players getting a lot more money than they did in the past. So I think in a lot of respects, for the union and the league there was a bigger issue here than just Michael. Michael and the Kings couldn't get caught up in that."If that's the argument he used in the arbitration, and Lombardi seemingly is suggesting it is, then he comes across looking like a genius here. "A theoretical discussion?" That's certainly changing the nature of these hearings (and no wonder it took so long).
Maybe the Kings' argument was that young players who give up a year or two of unrestricted free agency are getting the big dollars? Or maybe they're arguing that Cammalleri's decision shouldn't reflect "how the market is evolving" and the arbiter bought it?
I don't have a heckuva lot of time to get into this tonight, but I'm sure some of the other big bloggers are going to chew on this. If not, I'll weigh in again later this week because this is a decision that could change the way arbitration is approached for years to come.
P.S. Here's a final thought: How can Mike York be awarded a $2.85-million contract by an arbitrator after a 13-goal season in 2006, and a guy who has averaged 30 goals over the past two years (Cammalleri) get a shade more ($3.35-million per season) a year later?
There's a problem with arbitration and that problem is consistency.