The New Jersey Devils aren’t being particularly forthcoming about what, precisely, is the problem for Michael Cammalleri. GM Lou Lamoriello told the Bergen Record that he remains day-to-day and “just doesn’t feel right.”
“We’re not hiding anything,” Lamoriello said. “You can watch the video. He got hit in the jaw. He played the next night. He just doesn’t feel right. Whether it’s his head, his neck, his jaw, we’re just making sure he feels 100 percent.”
The check that leaves Cammalleri day-to-day (Lamoriello doesn’t think it’s a long-term issue) happened during an Oct. 24 shootout loss against the Dallas Stars.
It’s an especially big shame since Cammalleri, 32, seems like he’s been fitting in so well with the Devils so far. Even though he’s parked with a three-game pointless streak, Cammalleri has seven points in eight games with the Devils while firing a robust 29 shots on goal.
Don’t expect the Devils to get any sympathy from tonight’s opponent, though, as they face the banged-up Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.