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Flames acquire Mike Cammalleri from Kings, send Alex Tanguay to Habs

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Flames acquire Mike Cammalleri from Kings, send Alex Tanguay to Habs

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OTTAWA - The Calgary Flames were busy at the NHL Entry Draft, acquiring talented centre Mike Cammalleri in a three-way deal and shipping forward Alex Tanguay to the Montreal Canadiens.

The Flames sent their first round pick, 17th overall, to the Los Angeles Kings for Cammalleri. The Kings then sent the 17th and 28th overall picks to Anaheim for the Ducks' 12th overall selection.

The rebuilding Kings also had the second overall pick, which they used to select talented blue-liner Drew Doughty from the OHL's Guelph Storm.

Cammalleri, who turned 26 last week, will likely play with Flames superstar winger Jarome Iginla next season. He's in the final year of a deal that will pay him US$3.6 million.

Cammalleri, from Richmond Hill, Ont., had 19 goals and 28 assists in 63 games last season. His best season was 2006-07, when he had 31 goals and 46 assists in 81 games.

"I am thrilled to becoming to Calgary," Cammalleri said. "I have always wanted to play in Canada. Now I get to live it.

"I look forward to playing in the Saddledome (in front of) the Flames fans. I know some of the players on the Flames and look forward to working with them to bring the Cup to Calgary."

The Flames dealt Tanguay to the Canadiens, along with their fifth-round pick in this year's draft, for Montreal's first-round selection, 25th overall, and a second-round pick in the 2009 draft.

Tanguay, 28, had an off-season for the Flames in 2007-08, with 18 goals and 40 assists in 78 games. The Ste-Justine, Que., native has 177 goals and 362 assists in 609 career games with Colorado and Calgary.

He'll make $5.375 million in 2008-09, the final year of his deal.

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Flames acquire Mike Cammalleri from Kings, send Alex Tanguay to Habs