The Los Angeles Kings worked quickly to add players to their roster as soon as the 2017 free agency window opened. General manager Rob Blake worked to create minor short-term deals and announced agreements with defenseman Christian Folin and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.
Additionally, the Kings will be bringing back a familiar face who began his career in Los Angeles. Michael Cammalleri hit free agency after the New Jersey Devils bought him out with the 35-year-old deciding to come back to the team on a one-year deal, according to Kings:
The LA Kings have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Michael Cammalleri on a one-year contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. The AAV for the contract is $1 million (plus bonuses).
Cammalleri originally became a King during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut during the 2002-03 season. He spent five years in Los Angeles before being dealt to the Calgary Flames in 2008. The forward also spent time with the Montreal Canadiens before joining the Devils.
Over his 14 years in the NHL, Cammalleri appeared in 840 regular season games and registered 613 points and 287 goals. His past season with the Devils was rough, only recording 31 points and 10 goals.
The Kings will be hoping for a bounce-back year from Cammalleri. If nothing else, the team was able to add veteran depth to their forward lines at a relatively cheap price. Reworking the offense remains a focal point for the Kings as they enter the 2017-18 NHL regular season.