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Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:44 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 11:03 pm
CammalleriBy: Adam Gretz

Just when you start to think the Montreal Canadiens have hit rock bottom on the season, it just finds a way to keep getting crazier. And crazier. And crazier.

The latest development: Forward Mike Cammalleri being traded to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night after he was pulled during the third period of the team's 2-1 loss in Boston.

The deal involves Cammalleri, goaltender Karri Ramo and a fifth-round draft pick going to Calgary in exchange for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a 2013 second-round draft pick. This, of course, will be Cammalleri's second stop with the Flames after having spent 2008-09 season in Calgary, producing what was the best season of his career with 39 goals and 82 points in 79 games. He signed with Montreal after that season, inking a five-year, $30 million contract.

Said Flames general manager Jay Feaster in a team released statement on Thursday, “Mike Cammalleri is a dynamic player who enjoyed great success playing in Calgary. We believe Cammalleri will help our offensive production, solidify a second scoring line, bolster our power play, and bring another strong veteran voice to our room. We are confident that a return to Calgary will be good for Mike and good for our continued pursuit of a playoff berth.”

The "strong veteran voice" comment is certainly interesting, seeing as how his "voice" has to be one of the reasons he was even on the market in the first place. Cammalleri's name was in the news earlier on Thursday for some controversial remarks about his team and the way they prepare for games. Less than 24 hours later? He's gone.

Following Thursday's loss in Boston, the Canadiens are now 16-20-7 on the season and seven points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. The team has already fired two coaches this season, dumping assistant coach Perry Pearn in the first month of the season, and then replacing head coach Jacques Martin last month. The latter was a move that has resulted in the entire organization facing criticism from a vocal minority of fans that are unhappy Martin's replacement, Randy Cunneyworth, doesn't speak french.
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Add in the Cammalleri storyline, both his comments and the ensuing trade, and it's been total chaos.

At the halfway point of the season Cammalleri had been struggling this season and had scored just nine goals in 37 games.

Bourque is obviously the key part of the trade for Montreal, and his name had been coming up in trade rumors for what seems like two years now. And while he's a solid player having scored 27 goals in each of the past two seasons, and on pace for nearly the same number this season, it's hard to argue that the Canadiens are a better team after this move (even though Montreal general manager Pierre Gauthier tried to do just that when announcing the move).

Really, the only benefit Montreal gets is that it dealt a player that made some comments the team didn't like, and saves a few million in salary cap space over the next couple of seasons. Cammalleri's contract still has two years remaining on it with an average salary cap hit of $6 million per season. Bourque is signed through the 2015-16 season and has an average salary of $3.3 million, giving Montreal a savings of about $2.7 million per year.

The Flames entered their game on Thursday night against Anaheim four points out of the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Bourque is currently suspended for his elbow to the head of Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom. It should be noted that the Canadiens, Bourque's new team, play the Capitals on Wednesday, and he will be eligible to play that night.

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Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:42 am

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Thing about this trade that impresses/suprises me is that Gauthier made a smart move. Cammy wasn't clicking here anymore and was costing big bucks on the cap. They save much needed cap space and get a guy with basically the same scoring numbers over the last 3yrs. And when Bourque feels like them a tougher edge.

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:08 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Most retarded thing I've EVER read on these boards.
Hey ALFI! I'm not SENSing a whole lot of sympathy for your posts these days. Maybe just cut your losses and retire the keyboard. You don't have the wit to compete on these boards.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:08 pm

Last Canadian team to win the Cup??? da HABS

All you haters nothing better to do than hate... just don't forget the last canadian team to win a cup was the Canadiens. They do not have anything to prove but the Leafs, canucks, Senators you haven't won anything (leafs should be the next canadian team to win a cup cuz there due). canada stop hating on your canadian teams and back them up. I'm a habs fan but I would want to see the cup in T.O. that would be great for hockey and for Ontario and all of canada. Go Habs Go.... maybe a little tebow action might help some:)

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:55 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

2-1 score and no match for the bruins??? please get a life and grow up win 5 to1 and then you can talk! flucky 1st goal for the bruins and if it wasn't for thomas (remeber the goalie that could never win "all the bruin fans were non-believers" until he did) you would have lost the game.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:44 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Cammy comes back with instant chemistry that he never found in Montreal. Having both Cammy and Tanguay will help spread out the offence. I wonder how long the Feaster-Sutter team will last seeing that they don't see eye to eye on many levels.
Rene Bourque was an exercise in frustration, and he just never made the next step up.
He's not a dirty player, sometimes things just happen....

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:14 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

I cannot wait til the Habs play the Caps next week and Matt Hendricks gets a piece of Rene Nourque. Within seconds of bein on ice together, DOWN GOES BOURQUE! This chaepshot P.O.S. should ahve gotten a 30 game suspansion. I hope Hendricks puts him in the hospital.

Hey, did you catch the elbow from P.K. (TURTLE) Subban last night? What a joke that guy is. Ference goes after him and he drops to the ice and covers up his face so Ference cannot get a shot at him. What a disgrace as is the entire Habs organization. What a bunch of total losers runing the show there.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:46 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

the Habs are no match for the Bruins.  theyre soft, defensivley weak, lack any kind of transition in the neutral zone that they had last year with all that speed and there is no toughness in the feensive zone.  Lucic was complete untouched in the slot on the goal in the 3rd last night. 

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:38 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

One thing the Hab will miss is that Cammalleri did show up in the playoffs. On paper, the Habs are no match for the Bruins yet were within a goal of taking them out in the playoffs last year and probably, to all rights, should have. Cammalleri always stepped it up in the playoffs and was always a threat to shoot if not score, something the Habs desperately need.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:25 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

I disagree with the article on one point: I think the Candiens DID win this trade. I know it's a minor move involving good but not great players and it won't change Montreal's or Calgary's season much, but the Habs did ok here. Cammy was critical and is a bit more expensive. They are the same age and play the same position. And for that vocal minority that want French speaking coaches and players, Bourque is of French-Metis heritage and speaks French, even though he is from Alberta. Saving $2.7 million a year over the next three years is nothing to sneeze at either.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:16 am

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Solid trade for both sides IMO. Cammalleri is the more dynamic player, but he hasn't lived up to his contract since signing with the Canadiens. And the Canadiens save some money and get a little size and grit up front, something they needed.

As a Penguin fan, I can't say I'm sorry to see Cammalleri go to the West. He has killed the Penguins.

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