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Mike Cammalleri Q&A

Becoming a Devil 'something I've been keen on for a while'

Tuesday, 07.1.2014 / 3:34 PM ET / News
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Mike Cammalleri Q&A
Mike Cammalleri Q&A

Soon after the announcement that he had signed with the Devils as a free agent, forward Mike Cammalleri spoke to reporters about the decision.

Why New Jersey?
Mike Cammalleri: It’s something I’ve been keen on for a while. I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Lamoriello and spend some time with him this past weekend. I just feel like it’s a great opportunity for me to be a part of the New Jersey Devils for a lot of reasons. I have a lot of respect for the way things are done there and for the success that has been the track record there. I believe in that and believe in the method and the way. It was something I’ve been keen on and kind of watched for a while and something I wanted to be a part of.

Was the length of the contract length a key?
MC: I don’t know that it was a key. I appreciate being appreciated and somebody wanting you to be a part of the cause. I guess there’s a commitment level there that’s much appreciated on my behalf.

What are your thoughts on [the Devils missing the playoffs the last two seasons]?
MC: My analysis of that is, if you look at it, I think New Jersey was sixth in goals against last year and the top 12 teams in goals against made the playoffs last year other than New Jersey. I think the template for how to win and be a playoff team and then once you get into the playoffs, how to compete for the Stanley Cup, is there. I don’t know the exact reasons for why the success maybe hadn’t been there last year, but my feeling is there’s a definite chance of that this year.

What’s your success on the shootout?
MC:
I don’t know my exact numbers [2-for-6 last season]. I know that was something last year. My opinion on that is, it’s something that can be worked on and I know that’s something I’ll work on for sure is trying to become more efficient at that and help win games that way.

Why did the Devils bring you on board?
MC: I think that there’s a fit; I think there’s a good fit for the club and for myself, and I think that’s something that was identified. The skill set that I can bring and the teammate that I can be at this point in my career is probably something that fits in nicely to the chemistry of the group.

Have you been given any idea where you might fit in the lineup, and what are your initial thoughts on possibly playing with Jaromir Jagr?
MC: I can tell you that today Jarome Iginla called to congratulate me and said, ‘Pretty cool to play with Jagr.’ That was a little tidbit from Jarome. Yeah, it’s an opportunity to get a chance to play with him. He’s a legend of our game for sure. I don’t know whether that means playing alongside him or not, and to be quite honest with you, I’m not really concerned with any of that. I’ll leave all those decisions up to the coaches and I’ll just play as hard as I can, whatever position they put me in, whatever helps the team win.

What will you add to the Devils’ chances of getting back to the playoffs?
MC: That’s the whole goal. The whole goal is getting in, and once you get in, competing for the Cup. We saw the Rangers do it this year, and I think somebody said earlier, there’s definitely some parity in the East where if you put together the group you want and get the team play you want, you’re going to have a chance to do something special. I’m sure the Devils-Rangers rivalry will be a lot of fun. I’m sure there’s no love lost there.

Is there pressure on you to give the offense an instant boost?
MC: I don’t feel that way. I feel as if my job is just to come in and be the best player and best teammate I can be. Whether the goals go in or not, that’s not something I’m going to be thinking about. If we’re winning hockey games, everybody’s happy.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59