The Kings and Oilers have swapped veteran forwards. Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet Hockey Night reports (via Twitter) that the Oilers have acquired Mike Cammalleri for Jussi Jokinen. As NHL Network’s Chris Johnston points out (on Twitter), the two players hold a similar cap hit ($1MM for Cammalleri, $1.1MM for Jokinen), indicating that the two teams may have simply been looking to change things up.
Cammalleri, 35, joined the Kings on a one-year contract this past offseason. It was a reunion of sorts for the veteran, as Cammalleri had spent the first five seasons of his NHL career in Los Angeles. While the forward was a consistent 20-goal threat during his first stint with the organization, Cammalleri has shown signs of wear in 2017. In 15 games this season, the veteran has compiled only three goals and four assists. As Roster Resource shows, Cammalleri was skating on the Kings’ fourth line alongside Brooks Laich and Michael Amadio. Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED tweets that this isn’t the first time the organization attempted to acquire Cammalleri, as they had made a play for the veteran back in 2008.
Jokinen joined the Oilers this past summer after being bought out by the Panthers. While he had collected at least 20 points in each of his first 12 NHL seasons, the 34-year-old had only compiled a single assist in 14 games this season. Roster Resource had the veteran skating on Edmonton’s third line with Ryan Strome and Iiro Pakarinen. Helene Elliott of the LA Times believes the Kings are looking to “stir the offense.”