Via Nick Kypreos, Michael Cammalleri has agreed on a one-year contract to join the Kings:
Hearing Mike Cammalleri is signing with @LAKings 1 yr deal.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) July 1, 2017
A Kings source says it’s still a bit too early to confirm or share any AAV, for what it’s worth. This will be updated as more information is learned. (UPDATE: Via Helene Elliott, his contract has a $1-million base salary, plus bonuses.)
Cammalleri, 35, signed a five-year, $25-million contract with New Jersey on July 1, 2014. Earlier this week, the Devils bought out the final two years of his contract. The 840-game NHL veteran was originally selected by Los Angeles in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft and appeared in 283 games over five seasons with the club, totaling 205 points (93-112=205).
The Kings were expected to explore a number of avenues to boost an offense that ranked tied for 24th in the league last season with an average of 2.43 goals per game, and one focus was to find a scoring winger who could play alongside Anze Kopitar. New Jersey was a low-scoring team in 2016-17, but Cammalleri averaged 1.42 5×5 points/60, which would place him between Dustin Brown’s 1.58 Pts/60 and Anze Kopitar’s 1.38 Pts/60. Cammalleri’s 48.9% raw Corsi-for percentage on a New Jersey team that did not drive play well produced a +1.0 CF%Rel.