He made a mistake.
He made a mistake.
Hindsight is always perfect.
But it's hard to move forward if your eyes are always in the back of your head.
really didn’t read all the posts and I am a fan of Cammi and believe he shouldn’t have been traded.
But I can pretty much assume the Cammi haters at LGK make excuses why his success is all somebody else’s doing, he’s a cancer and the like.
The Cammi lovers I can assume are crowing and why Lombardi should have paid him.
The bottom line is Cammi has once again proven he can score and score in big games. Regardless of where he is today the bottom line is he was not going to stay in LA for multiple reasons.
He was going to test the free agency market. He and both his agents all made this clear to the Kings and Calgary. It was his right and he exercised it. That alone does not make him greedy, a cancer, or a bad player. Regardless of others before him who may have taken less and why they did. The flip side can be that Lombardi didn’t treat the player with respect and who wants to play/work where you are not respected.
Lombardi/AEG was not going to max out a player who struggled after injury. Too many mistakes with others before Cammi left Lombardi with little room for error. The timing was not correct. The Kings already had 2 they had cashed out and were not willing to up take a 30+ million dollar risk on Cammi at that time.
Cammi’s size and his style of play did not fit into the type of play Lombardi wants to play. Though it appeared Frolov and Cammi clicked, the Kings staff wanted larger wingers who will go into the corners. Clearly not Cammi’s game. Cammi, Lombardi, Murray, team mates and everybody else knew this. This is why Lombardi received “Little” on the offer front for him. Cammi has great offensive upside, playing a solid 2-way game is not his strong suit.
And finally, arbitration. Once a player and team go down the path of arbitration both parties find it hard to patch up what is discussed and presented in these proceedings. Try calling your spouse a ton of names, then later that evening crawl into bed and see what doesn’t happen. GM’s also find it difficult, because much of their “case” is based on the negative. And, other players will hear of it and assume the GM thinks the same of them. Arbitration has split many a locker rooms. Not because the player is a cancer, but because other players take sides, assume they will get chumped changed and that ends up splitting the room not the player.
Should Cammi have been traded NO.
Would Cammi have been an asset YES.
But one must not look at 1 point, one must take in all that was going on at the time and make a clear decision as to what is best for the team. And, at that point in time, with that player, with the circumstances at that time.
Cammi needed to go for his sake and the Kings.
Cammalleri still isn't worth 6 million long term. No 1 dimensional winger is worth 6+.
Cammalleri wanted 2 things and everyone knew it.
1.) He wanted 6+ million a year.
2.) He wanted to play for a Canadian team.
One of these things Lombardi was unwilling to give him. The other, he couldn't. Cammalleri didn't have the tattoo so he was traded.
I still think it was good move by DL. If he kept Cammy then most likely he'd still be a hab this season.