Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/24/14
The focus of the hockey world is shifting from Sochi to speculation. With the 2014 Winter Olympics officially closed and the NHL’s roster freeze now lifted, you can expect to hear all sorts of rumours and rumblings before the March 5 trade deadline. One name that is certain to be mentioned repeatedly is that of Calgary Flames left-winger Michael Cammalleri, a soon-to-be unrestricted free agent with a knack for finding the back of the net. The 31-year-old Cammalleri has 13 goals and eight assists in 41 outings for the Flames so far this season. Here are five uniforms he could be wearing after the deadline ... ANAHEIM DUCKS The Ducks entered the Olympic break atop the NHL standings, the frontrunner for the President’s Trophy and top playoff seed in the Western Conference thanks to 41-14-5 record. With the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues hot on their heels, the Ducks will be tempted to add to their arsenal. What makes Cammalleri an appealing option? The Ducks have plenty of talent up front, but the left side is their weakest link. Wouldn’t Cammalleri look good on a line with the gold-medal tandem of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry? LOS ANGELES KINGS Forget what you heard about the offensive exploits of Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty at the Sochi Olympics, the Kings are starved for scoring. In fact, Darryl Sutter’s squad is the NHL’s second-lowest scoring outfit, averaging just 2.25 goals per game. Cammalleri has a history in L.A. — he was drafted by the Kings and spent five seasons with the team — and also has a history with Sutter, who was GM during his first stint in Calgary. It would be a stunner if the Kings don’t add a marksman on or before March 5, and Cammalleri is an obvious candidate. NEW JERSEY DEVILS Despite their scoring struggles, the Devils currently sit three points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is rumoured to have interest in Cammalleri, but there is also talk he might make ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr available at the trade deadline, so the next few games could be the determining factor in whether this squad is buying or selling. The Devils don’t have a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and need to re-stock their farm system, so they’ll have to decide if they’re willing to surrender any assets for a playoff push.
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