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Cammalleri bids adieu, Pardy getting started

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

Michael Cammalleri found 'greener' pastures yesterday, but Adam Pardy didn't even consider bolting the Flames for more dough.

On the first day of NHL free-agency, Cammalleri parlayed his 39-goal season into a five-year, US$30-million deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

"I did my homework and saw what the Canadiens were up to the past few days," Cammalleri told Canadiens.com. "Seeing a player like Scott Gomez come to the Habs is a big reason why Montreal looked so attractive to me. Scott's a highly skilled player and I assume that I'll be playing with him and it's all really exciting."

As for Pardy, he happily inked a two-year, US$1.4-million pact with the Flames.

"I've always known it would happen," Pardy said yesterday from his home in Newfoundland.

Pardy, 25, has only one NHL season under his belt -- he netted one goal and 10 points in 60 contests -- but could have been an unrestricted free agent because of his age and having played fewer than 80 games.

However, he said he didn't want to go that route once he knew the Flames wanted to keep him in the fold.

"You can think about the money and try to get as much as you can," Pardy said. "But being a young guy and early in my career -- I've played 60 games -- going to a new team means they don't know you and you've have to create a new identity and show what you can do."

The strapping defenceman -- he's 6-foot-4, 206-lbs. -- was drafted in the sixth round, 173rd overall, in 2004.

Late Flames additions on the first day of free agency included former Calgary Hitmen winger Fredrik Sjostrom for a reported two-year deal worth $750,000 a season, and minor-league defenceman Staffan Kronwall, who played with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, Hershey Bears.

Calgary also announced Rob Cookson will return as an assistant coach.


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