Back in July 2009, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Brian Burke showed some interest in the free agent from Richmond Hill, Michael Cammalleri.

Cammalleri didn’t leave much time to the Leafs as the Montreal Canadiens, enemy of the Toronto Maple Leafs, offered him a 30 millions$/5 years contract. Cammalleri told lfpress.com that he doesn’t regret his decision to pass on the Leafs as he had great moments in Montreal.

As Leafs fans, we can all be thankful Cammalleri picked the Habs as he has been injured often and his stats in the last 3 seasons are less than stellar. So far this season, he only scored 12 times and in his two previous seasons, he registered 26 and 19 goals, and never surpassed 50 points.

At 6 millions per season, I believe the Maple Leafs would have passed on the Flames’ forward, if they would have known those stats. Not only is he not productive, but he also doesn’t do much with and without the puck. He constantly takes bad decisions on the ice, and is a combined -3 in the plus-minus rating since signing his big contract.

Thanks you very much Michael Cammalleri for passing on the Maple Leafs in 2009!!


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