OTTAWA -- The Calgary Flames have once again made a big splash at the NHL Entry Draft.
Cammalleri scored 60 goals in the NHL in two seasons from 2005 to 2007. He had 19 goals last season in 67 games.
Mike Cammalleri Bio
Lives in Toronto in the summer…nickname is Cammy…favorite movie is Raging Bull…favorite
actress is Eva Mendes…favorite actor is Robert De Niro…favorite action hero is Batman…favorite recording
artist is Van Morrison…favorite book is Bringing Down the
House…favorite sport to watch and play other than hockey is golf…favorite professional athlete is Scott
Thornton…favorite road arena is the Air Canada Centre in Toronto…favorite vacation spot is Italy…favorite TV
show is Entourage…favorite restaurant is Capo…favorite type of food is Italian…childhood idol was Wayne
Gretzky…favorite cereal is Honey Bunches of Oats…superstition is that he has to tie his left skate first…supports
Children’s Wish charity…wants to golf after his playing career is over.
Flames general manager Darryl Sutter made two big deals on the draft floor in Ottawa, trading Alex Tanguay to the Montreal Canadiens for the 25th pick overall and acquiring forward Mike Cammelleri from the Los Angeles Kings for their 17th pick overall in the first round.
The deal for Cammalleri was a three-way deal with the Anaheim Ducks.
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Calgary sent their first round selection (17th overall) to the Kings who then shippped that pick and the 28th overall selection to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for the Ducks' 12th overall draft pick.
The 26-year old Cammalleri endured an injury plagued season last year that still saw him score 19 goals and pick up 28 assists in 67 games.
In 283 career games all with the Kings, the Richmond Hill, Ontario native has 93 goals and 112 assists.
"I'm really excited. I've always kind of wanted to come back and play in Canada so this is a great opportunity. It's great to be able to compete for the Cup. I love the team that we have," said Cammalleri.
The Flames sent forward Alex Tanguay and their fifth round pick (138th overall) to the Montreal Canadiens for 25th overall pick and a second round pick at next year's draft.
A Ste-Justine, Quebec native, Tanguay is coming off a disappointing season that saw him score only 18 goals and pick up 40 assists in 81 games while hearing his name mentioned almost constantly in trade rumours.
Tanguay was acquired by the Flames on draft day in 2006 from the Colorado Avalanche for defenceman Jordan Leopold in one of the Flames other draft day plays. Last year at the draft the Flames made a swap with Chicago to acquire Adrian Aucoin.
Tanguay enjoyed his first year in Calgary, where he scored 81 points in 81 games. In 609 career games, Tanguay has 177 goals and 362 assists. He helped capture the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in the 2000-01 season.
Tanguay has one year left on his current contract at $5.25 million.
Cammalleri has one year left on his contract at an estimated $3.6 million.
The move certainly shores up the Flames centre ice position -- Cammalleri is considered a No. 1 or No. 2 centre. The Flames, who are expected to re-sign Daymond Langkow in the coming days, now have two legitimate top centres who can play in the top six forward group.
But there is also some flexibility as Cammalleri can also play on the wing.
"I'm comfortable at both positions so it doesn't matter to me," said Cammalleri, in New York working with a trainer in the off-season.
In 2006-07 Cammalleri Set career highs in goals (34), power play goals (16), game-winning goals (5), assists (46), points (80), power play points (37), plus/minus (plus-5), shots (299), games played (81) and time-on-ice average.
That will be the player the Flames are expecting when the 2008-09 season starts -- a player that can provide plenty of offence. While it is early, it is expected that Cammalleri will become Jarome Iginla's centre next season.
"It's a great option to have," said Cammalleri. "He's one of the elite players in the league. It will be nice to pull on the same jersey as him instead of having to play against him."
Cammalleri has always had the offensive touch -- he finished second in scoring in the American Hockey League in 2004-05 while leading Manchester with 109 points.
Binghamton’s Jason Spezza led the league with 117 points.
"I've always been a guy who likes to produce offensively. I've always enjoyed that responsibility," said Cammalleri.