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Flames lose Cammalleri to free agency

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According to TSN, the Calgary Flames lost veteran forward Michael Cammalleri to free agency on Tuesday. Cammalleri, who led the Flames with 26 goals, eight game winning goals and 191 shots on goal last season, signed a five year deal worth $25 million with the New Jersey Devils.

Cammalleri returns to the Eastern Conference after spending two and a half seasons with the Montreal Canadiens from 2009-2012. A left winger from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Cammalleri struggled with his defensive zone coverage with the Flames last season as he was a -13 in 63 regular season games.

An offensive force, Cammalleri has 502 career points in 669 career games since entering the National Hockey League with the Los Angeles Kings in 2002-03. His finest season came in 2008-09 with the Flames, when he had a career high 39 goals and 82 points. However that season Cammalleri was a minus player as well at -2.

Cammalleri was one of four players the Flames lost to free agency on Tuesday. The others were center Blair Jones to the Philadelphia Flyers, goaltender Joey MacDonald to the Montreal Canadiens and center Ben Street to the Colorado Avalanche.

Jones, a native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, had two goals in 14 games last season for Calgary. One of his goals was shorthanded however in a 2-1 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on November 30.

Jones has 128 career NHL games with the Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning from 2007-2014. He has seven goals and ten assists for 17 points in his career.

MacDonald, a native of Pictou, Nova Scotia, posted a record of 5-4-1 in 11 games with the Flames last season. He had a goals against average of 2.90 and a save percentage of .890. The Canadiens will be MacDonald's sixth NHL team as he has previously played with the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. His career record is 44-61-15 with a 3.00 goals against average, .902 save percentage and two shutouts.

Finally Street, a native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, who will earn $650,000 with the Avalanche next season, had one assist in 13 games for the Flames last season. Street has played in 19 career games with the Flames over two seasons and joins former Flames captain Jarome Iginla next season in Colorado.


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