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Mike Cammalleri: Should Flames keep or move him?

Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 7:24 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Mike Cammalleri: Should Flames keep or move him?
Mike Cammalleri has been good for at least 20 goals year in and year out, but with the Flames looking at a possible fourth straight season without the playoffs, he could end up as trade bait.

Mike Cammalleri has been a solid offensive performer for most of his career, scoring at least 20 goals six times in seven seasons prior to 2012-13 -- and in the season he was short, he had 19.

The best of those seasons came in 2008-09, when he had 39 goals in his first time with the Calgary Flames.

After returning to the franchise in January 2012, he's continued to provide solid offense. But will he continue supplying it for the Flames?

NHL.com examines the pros and cons to the Flames making Cammallieri available to move prior to the April 3, 2013 NHL Trade Deadline:

MIKE CAMMALLERI

Position: Center

Age: 30

Statistics: 24 games, 9 goals, 13 assists, 22 points

Salary status: After this season, Cammalleri has one season left on his contract, with a salary-cap hit of $6 million.

Keep him: The high-skilled forward is scoring at nearly a point-per-game rate, and on a team still clinging to hopes for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, how can trading Cammalleri even be a consideration? The Flames don't appear to be in any rush for a full-scale roster overhaul, and with Cammalleri not breaking the bank on his contract, the Flames can use him as a player to build around offensively heading into next season.

Move him: The Flames don't have the look of a team ready to break a four-season playoff drought, so the time likely has come to start breaking up the group, and that includes Cammalleri. Any team looking to upgrade its second or third line would do well to look at Cammalleri. He's a proven goal-scorer, can play either center or on the wing, and has done well in both conferences.

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