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Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:55 am
Edited on: January 12, 2012 12:12 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The season is getting away from the Montreal Canadiens so much now that it's not just their never-shy fans calling them losers. One of the Habs fans' biggest targets for their derisive boos, Mike Cammalleri, isn't shy to say it.

"I can't accept that we will display a losing attitude as we're doing this year. We prepare for our games like losers. We play like losers. So it's no wonder why we lose," Cammalleri told Francois Gagnon of RDS and La Presse (by way of TSN).

"When you display a losing attitude like we do now, you lose more often than you win and you stay in the same place. When you show a winning attitude, you are not stifled by mistakes and you respond to a mistake with 15 good plays at the other end, you win and you get out of misery. This is not what we are doing here now."

There's always a fine line to toe in these instances. Some cases this is seen as an honest assessment and much-needed wakeup call for the team. It can just as easily come across as a malcontent who just became a "locker room cancer" That's what you can get for speaking your mind.

I don't think he's in much danger of falling into the latter category in this case, it's more saying the team needs to start expecting to win. I don't see him calling his teammates losers, just that right now they are playing with that kind of mentality. They are defeated team at the moment.

As for the booing? Well, Cammalleri can live with that.

"You've got to be sensitive to the fact that Canadiens fans live and die by their team," Cammalleri said. "So if anything, you can identify with how they feel. They're unhappy, and they let you know it. So I wasn't disappointed; I think more so I probably expected it."

As the whole team probably does. They obviously know full well what playing poorly in Montreal can bring.

Moreover, Cammalleri is a little frustrated by his ice time, or lack thereof. It's been down from what he's used to playing and like any player, he'd like to get more action.

"I'm not playing as much, so I need to get a little work here in practice to stay in shape," Cammalleri told NHL.com. "I'm used to playing 20 minutes a night."

He hasn't been getting that much under interim coach Randy Cunneyworth.

So the Habs have lost seven of their last 10 and are 12th in the East with a player underperforming and seemingly becoming a malcontent. You all know where this is heading, right? It's likely that if nothing else, you'll hear Cammalleri's name floated around in the trade discussions as the deadline approaches in February.

H/t to Pro Hockey Talk

Photo: Getty Images

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Comments

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:42 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

WTG Montreal... U lose a great young player in Cammalleri and pick up Bourque, a mediocre hack. Good luck attracting anyone else to play on your francophone team dumbasses. At least he'll speak french though.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:02 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

Mike Cammalleri to the Calgary Flames for Rene Bourque



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

This is awesome....Want out of town and get traded? Bash the most respected hockey franschise, your teammates and it's fans. Good Stuff!



Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:31 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

I just heard he got traded,,,,mission acomplished....who would want to play with these losers....Go Bruins
 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:25 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

well someone didn't like it Camalleri shown the door.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

romell: you should have stuck in there and finished high school.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 7:00 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

This isn't Toronto after all, where the coach gets a new contract just as his team begins its post-Christmas slide.
Nope. This is Montreal, where fans and media have caniptions if the coach doesn't speak French. Seriously though, I wish the Habs were doing better, never wish ill will upon an original 6. (Well, maybe the Red Wings!!)



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:47 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

toronto is doing better than montreal u idiot....



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

It's a positive that Cammalleri is saying this in public, and it's been done many times in the past by much better Habs players. He's only speaking the truth. And you can bet this situation will not be allowed to continue, changes will be made in Montreal. This isn't Toronto after all, where the coach gets a new contract just as his team begins its post-Christmas slide.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Habs' Mike Cammalleri: We play like losers

 What decent free agent or high end coach would want to go to Montreal? Their fanbase are annoying french Canadian malcontents who turn on you in a heartbeat. Look at what they did to Cunneyworth. Good luck putting a winning team on the ice in the near future Habs. You can stock it full of shity french Canadian players and coaches. 


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