Forward Michael Cammalleri's NHL career came full circle Saturday when he signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings, returning to where he played from his debut in 2002 through 2007-08.

Cammalleri, who has a $1 million salary plus bonuses, became an unrestricted free agent after the New Jersey Devils bought out the final two years of his contract Friday. He gives the Kings something they were seeking: a proven goal-scorer who has 613 points (287 goals, 326 assists) in 840 NHL games.

"It's exciting for a lot of different reasons," Cammalleri said Saturday. "There's something maybe romantic about going back to a place where you started your career. There's so much familiarity with the place, the team, the people that are involved in the team.

"The guys running the team now are guys that I played with as teammates. That opened the line of communication fairly easily and efficiently."

The Kings believe a healthy Cammalleri, 35, can help jump-start an offense that has struggled to score consistently the past few seasons. General manager Rob Blake was a teammate of Cammalleri's in Los Angeles in 2006-07 and said he thinks he still has a lot to contribute.