So what's going on here? Is it that teams are fearful of what the awards might be and offer settlements to avoid getting burned, or are players looking around and not finding "comparables" inspiring enough to go after the big bucks? Or is it that both sides don't want to hurt each other's feelings, especially when the team has every intention of holding on to the player?
Perhaps Mike Cammalleri will still go through with the process and land the kind of contract that makes his team think twice, but according to NHLNumbers.com, the Kings have plenty of cap room available to absorb whatever salary he's likely to get.
Last summer, you had J.P. Dumont and Vitaly Vishnevski receive judgements that their teams walked away from (anyone else that I missed?), which added to the free agency crop and for Nashville at least, provided the opportunity to land a consistent scoring winger who is perhaps entering his NHL prime. It's too bad we couldn't have more fireworks at this time, so hockey could get some press for actual hockey-related news, rather than all the nonsense going on in the NFL, NBA, and MLB.