According to an unverified rumor from the Twitter KHL insider known only as “Patrick C”, veteran NHLer Mike Cammalleri’s time in the NHL may be over. Patrick C reports that Cammalleri, a veteran of over 900 career NHL games, is expected to sign an agreement with the KHL’s Avangard team, joining Bob Hartley his former coach with the Calgary Flames.
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F Mike Cammalleri is reportedly considering signing for Avangard Omsk, if no NHL offers are forthcoming. Cammalleri knows Avangard coach Bob Hartley from their time in Calgary.
The 36 year old veteran split his season last year between the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers, scoring just seven goals and 22 points in 66 games. That’s a far cry from his career high of 39 goals and 82 points from a decade ago with the Flames.
If this is indeed the end of the road for Cammalleri in the NHL, he finishes his stellar career with 294 goals and 642 points in 906 games. Additionally, he has 17 goals and 32 points in 32 playoff games. Cammalleri’s most impactful postseason came during the 2009-10 season, his first with the Montreal Canadiens. During that run Cammalleri put up 13 goals and 19 points in 19 playoff games. Unfortunately for Cammalleri… he hasn’t made the best decision regarding free agent signings the past while. He’s failed to play any postseason games since the 2010-11 season, again with the Canadiens.
There were rumors that Cammalleri might attend the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp on a professional tryout (PTO) agreement, but given the latest development with Avangard, that option may be off the table. You have to imagine though that if Cammalleri acquits himself well enough in a training camp and can put some points up during the preseason, that at least one NHL team would take a chance on him. Again… evidently that won’t be the case, however.
Again, if this is indeed the end of Cammalleri in the NHL, he leaves the game as one of the most underrated players of his generation. He crested 20 goals in a season six times throughout his career and came close to hitting 40 goals twice in his career, scoring 39 and 34 goals on two separate occasions.