According to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, the Los Angeles Kings are about to bring Mike Cammalleri home on a one-year contract. Cammalleri was of course drafted by the Kings back in 2001 and played several outstanding seasons for them before spending the last decade elsewhere. Cammalleri will have a base salary of $1MM, but the contract includes some performance bonuses.
Cammalleri was bought out by the New Jersey Devils just yesterday, but still represents a dangerous scoring threat for the Kings. Even in a season limited by injury, the 35-year old put up 31 points in 61 games. In his long career, Cammalleri has put up 613 points in 840 games.
The Kings, desperate to get more scoring punch up front missed out on Joe Thornton, and will instead have to settle for a reclamation project of sorts in Cammalleri. Though he’s not the elite speedster they need, he does make their offensive group more dynamic and has the ability to improve their group both at even strength and on the powerplay.