Thursday, August 02, 2007

Cammalleri hearing concluded

Rich Hammond has some nice reporting from the Mike Cammalleri arbitration hearing tonight, including a whole whack of quotes from Kings GM Dean Lombardi that give you an idea of just how little fun the whole process can be.

As with Sean Avery's on Monday, it was another long hearing (near five hours). Hammond says Cammalleri will receive a two-year deal at the team's request, and my guess is given the big numbers he put up last season, he's probably looking at a contract in the $10-million range.

My second guess is that his side would have used Marian Gaborik's three-year, $19-million contract from last summer when the Wild sniper narrowly avoided arbitration, while Los Angeles probably wants something in the Nathan Horton/Derek Roy ballpark ($4-million per season).

Cammalleri's 80 points made him one of last season's biggest breakout players and, more importantly, helped me win a couple of my hockey pools. His size has always made him an incredibly underrated player, both in his draft year, as a prospect and so far as an NHLer, but I'll always remember the inspiring turn he put in with Team Canada at the world junior tournament in 2002.

He's no one-year wonder.

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3 Comments:

At 12:21 AM, August 03, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

If Cammalleri gets $5 million a year the Kings will have cap problems.

Right now - according to NHLnumbers.com - the Kings sit at $42.7 million for 19 players. Adding Cammalleri ($5.0 m) O'Sullivan ($0.85 m) and Jack Johnson ($2.15 m)the Kings will come in at $50.7 million for a 22 man roster

Jack Johnson might start out in the AHL but from watching him play against Vancouver in the last few games of last season he is definitely NHL ready. He made some rookie mistakes, but he was a major presence whenever he was on the ice. This guy is going to become a great NHL defenceman.

Dean Lombardi has done a great job with the Kings and if Cloutier can give them decent goaltending they are going to surprise a lot of people this coming year.

The problem with Cammalleri forcing them over the cap is that they now have little room to address their goaltending if Cloutier falters again.

 
At 1:35 AM, August 03, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

if Cloutier can give them decent goaltending

Ho ho, that's rich. If the kings did well, it would certainly surprise me.

 
At 12:26 PM, August 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary Bettman has been wrong so many times that nowadays you don't even expect anything coming "right" from his mouth but remember him saying this: Salary cap tends to become a magnet!
Now you have totally crappy team like Los Angeles having cap issues. And they're not alone.
For once Gary Bettman was right.

 

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