Whats your take on Cammalleri?
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10-25-2011, 12:35 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
he is what we thought he was....
one-dimensional, streaky scorer, who is at his best with linemates who can create a bit of space for him.
he does have a massive ego, but that actually helps him step-up in pressure situations (ie playoffs).
For our team, given the roster and the coaching, he isn't a 6M$ player, but put him on a team where he isn't paid like/expected to be the offensive catalyst, and he'd be much better suited imo.
as much as any scoring winger benefits from playing with a big-body, talented centre(or winger), Cammy strikes me as the type who would benefit immensely... Playing with Iginla brought out his best, and while not a centre, Iginla was the kind of ice presence that created the space a sniper like Cammalleri (pure shooter, not particularly strong puck skills/creativity, or at least not elite level) thrives with.
his playoff sniping is such a strong contrast from his regular season play with the habs, which begs some questions, but I think to a degree, part of what happens is that playoffs are "just-win" both for coaches & players.
Eller's play time last year, Subban's role in both past seasons, DD's ice time... all these guys got more opportunity (much more on par with their impact) and freedom than they did in the regular season... i think that reflects the subtle change in JM's head, where he's no longer as free to manipulate ice time/player limitations because winning is really all that matters (as opposed to making his point/"teaching").
i suspect this translates to all of the players in a greater sense of just doing what they need to do, even if it means straying a bit more from the "system"... for a vet like Cammy, if the results are what they were, then no one notices.
short of a coaching change, Cammy's best value to us will probably lie in trading him away, and even then, if we are out of the playoff picture by the deadline, and a team comes calling with a big offer, i think we have to jump on it
(with his salary, hard to see many playoff teams having interest due to their already tight cap situations, but there are a few bubble teams that certainly have the cap space, and perhaps if they are in the playoff hunt at that time and the ownership issues are resolved (dallas, Phx), or the owners figure the playoff ROI will be worth bumping up their salary scale (Colorado, Wpg, Ott, St.Louis), than we could see a 1st+quality prospect(s) type offer popping up... no brainer if that were to happen imo.
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