Whats your take on Cammalleri?
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10-26-2011, 03:55 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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137 regular season games played
47 goals (28 goals/82 games)
52 assists (31a/82 games)
99 points (59pts/ 82 games)
this is why people are complaining about his production. If anything, his fantastic play during both playoffs has greatly sheltered him from the otherwise deserving criticism/scrutiny he could/should be facing for the very disappointing regular season contributions he's made.
Let's not forget that he is paid as an elite goal scorer, and he arrived in Montreal coming off of a 39-goal, 82pt season, which is why he received a 6M$/year long term deal.
Quite simply, a 28-goal/59-pt player should be crucified for lack of production when being paid 6M$/season, in his prime. Perhaps if he was a valuable contributor in other facets of the game, like a Plekanec, then his performance would be less concerning...
but for a one-dimensional scorer, putting up solid, but unspectacular regular season production...
if anything Cammy has gotten off easy (due largely to the playoff production, but also due to his injury-woes).
I'd also cut him a bit of slack because of the coach/system he plays in, but truly elite guys like Hossa/Alfredsson, and even, *gulp* O.Jokinen, managed to produce despite playing for JM.
coaching, injuries, linemates... at some point, the excuses need to go and we need to see Cammalleri deliver on the promise Gainey & co. saw in him when making him one of the top paid wingers in the game.
Given how well he's produced in the playoffs its fair to say his actually level of performance in Montreal is slightly higher, averaging about 32 goals and 64 points per 82 games. The sort of production that will put you in the top 50 every year if you play almost every game. Any guy that averages that kind of production is going to make at least 5.5-6 million on the open UFA market these days in a 64 million cap world, unless they sign for obscenely long term. Remember that guys that score 50 in a good year are making 4.5 on the open market these days. The fairness of the contract is based on comparison with Cammalleri's peers UFA forwards that left their team.
The wisdom of building a team around UFA's is a separate debate but Cammaleri isn't particularly overpaid in comparison to comparable players. I guy like Carter is a better deal but in order to sign him to that better deal you have to already have a Carter in your system. Luring talent away with money is more expensive than retaining what you already have and that's built into Cammaleri's sticker price. Especially for players of Cammalleri's ability which there are typically only 1 or 2 per offseason. This is a factor which is completely ignored if you just look at salary without context.
The take away is that if Cammalleri is only costing you money and cap-space his deal isn't outrageous. Those assets were what you gave up to get him, which is fine if you have an excess of them, which Montreal pretty much does.
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