Cammalleri -- who has reunited with the Kings, a franchise that made him a 2001 second-round, 49th overall draft pick -- went plus-1 with four shots on goal Saturday in a 4-3 overtime exhibition home loss to the Canucks.
There's no question this Canadian is a talented offensive producer -- he's amassed 613 points (287 goals, 326 assists) in 840 career contests -- but conservative fantasy owners tend to look past him due to his checkered injury history. Last season, with the Devils, he was plagued by a shoulder injury and only appeared in 61 games before getting bought out of his contract. The 35-year-old will travel with the team to China, facing the Canucks in Shanghai on Thursday and Beijing next Saturday.
Cammalleri was placed on waivers by the Devils on Friday to buy out the remainder of his contract, which would have run through 2018-19. He will now play under a one-year deal with the Kings, coming off a 31-point season over 61 games with the Devils. He joins a group of forwards that failed to produce as expected last season, but it should still be an improvement from the New Jersey ranks Cammalleri played alongside.
Cammalleri was waived by New Jersey on Friday for the purpose of a buyout.
Despite recording a fifth straight season with 30-plus points, Cammalleri won't be suiting up for the Devils next year. Injuries concerns likely played a part in general manager Ray Shero's decision as the veteran has not played in 70 or more games since the 2008-09 season. Scheduled to cost $5 million a year through the 2018-19 campaign under his current contract, the center will likely clear waivers but shouldn't have too much trouble finding a landing spot once the dust settles.
Cammalleri recently turned 35 years old and has two years remaining on a contract valued at $5 million annually. Once that expires, he'll be an unrestricted free agent. We suspect the Golden Knights will court several veterans in the expansion draft in order to be taken seriously in the the club's first year. Cammalleri is a journeyman of sorts -- with his 14 years of NHL service time split between the Kings, Flames, Habs, and Devils -- and he seems like a good fit for Vegas based on his impressive totals with each of the aforementioned franchises. He's recorded 613 points (287 goals, 326 assists) in 840 career contests with a role on the man advantage every year of his illustrious career.
Cammalleri (shoulder) will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Islanders, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
The oft-injured winger has missed the Devils' last 13 contests while recovering from a shoulder ailment, but he'll get an opportunity to shake off some rust during the final six games of the season as long as he's able to stay healthy. Cammalleri should be considered a depth option in most fantasy formats at this late stage in his career.