Kings forward Michael Cammalleri got a raise but it wasn't nearly the one he had been seeking as an NHL arbitrator awarded a two-year, $6.7-million contract in a ruling made public Monday.
The announcement came four days after Cammalleri's five-hour arbitration hearing in Toronto and it marked a victory of sorts for the club following difficult negotiations between Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and Cammalleri's agent, Mike Gillis.
Cammalleri, the team's leading scorer last season with 34 goals and 80 points, is believed to have asked for a $6-million annual salary after making $1.7 million in 2006-07. The Kings are believed to have offered $2.6 million a year.
The two sides now must put what can be an acrimonious process behind them.
"We got there the hard way," Lombardi said. "Nobody wins at these things. I think it is safe to say it came out closer to our end. But these situations aren't for winning and losing."