The Edmonton Oilers have acquired winger Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in a deal that will see Jussi Jokinen heading back in the other direction, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.
Cammalleri signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles back in July, appearing in 15 games with the team during the 2017-18 season. He has scored three goals (two of which have come on the power play) and added four assists. He’s averaging less than 13 minutes of ice time per game, which puts him on pace for a new career low.
He was returning to his roots by joining the Kings, after spending the first five seasons of his career in Los Angeles. The team made him a second-round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He has gone on to a 15-year NHL career, which has included four years with the Calgary Flames, three with the Montreal Canadiens, and three with the New Jersey Devils.
Jokinen similarly signed a one-year deal with a new club back in July when he joined the Oilers. Much in the same ilk as Cammalleri, he is on pace for a new career low in average ice time, having played just above 12 minutes per night in the 14 games he has suited up for this season.
After a 60-point campaign just two seasons ago as a member of the Florida Panthers, Jokinen has just a single assist this year.
The two teams find themselves at opposite ends of the current playoff spectrum, with the Kings having racked up 24 points in 17 games, good for second in the Western Conference. The Oilers have just 14, good for second-worst in the conference.