Canadiens sign sniper Cammalleri for five years

TSN.ca Staff
7/1/2009 9:15:26 PM
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After a one year stint with the Calgary Flames that saw him score a career-high 39 goals, forward Mike Cammalleri is moving on.

The Richmond Hill, Ontario native has signed a five-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens, worth $30-million.

"I'm extremely excited.  It was a crazy day, but to end up in Montreal, I couldn't be happier," Cammalleri told the media on a conference call.  "You think of a place where a hockey player would like to play and Montreal is it right there."

In Cammalleri, the Canadiens get a two-time member of the 30-goal club, who has netted more than 80 points in two of the last three seasons.

The 27-year-old has posted 132 goals and 155 assists for 287 points in 364 career games.

He spent the first five seasons of his NHL career with the Kings, before being acquired by Calgary at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, as part of a three-way trade with the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks.

Cammalleri's signing was part of a busy day for the Canadiens.  The Habs added forward Brian Gionta to a five-year $25 million deal.

The club also inked a pair of blueliners, adding Jaroslav Spacek to a three year, $11.5 million contract and defenceman Hal Gill to a two-year, $4.5 million contract.

The team also added forward Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey told the media that all of Wednesday's additions would likely mean unrestricted free agents Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev and Alex Tanguay all would not return.

The Habs also gave qualifying offers to Tomas Plekanec, Guillaume Latendresse, Kyle Chipchura, Matt D'Agostini and Greg Stewart. The team will look to sign all five restricted free agents to round out the roster.

Mike Cammalleri (Photo: Brad Watson/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Brad Watson/NHLI via Getty Images)
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