The Canadiens lose again, this time to the Boston Bruins by a score of 2-1, and added to all that’s gone on recently in this three-ring circus, Mike Cammalleri was sent packing to the Calgary Flames for tough and talented northern Albertan, Rene Bourque.
Cammalleri had done absolutely nothing in the first two periods, and he can try again in Calgary to sort things out. Imagine, after all that went on with the guy in the past 24 hours, you’d think he would come out flying. But it was just another soft night for the $6 million dollar man, another night when he didn’t help his struggling team. Maybe he knew the jig was up.
It didn’t take long for Pierre Gauthier to show his distaste for Cammalleri’s “we play like losers” comments, and this overpaid and underachieving forward was sent back to the hotel as his former teammates scraped and scrapped and gave it a fine shot as they carried on. He didn’t help tonight, or the other night, and on many nights before, and he’ll never get a chance to help again.
Close the chapter on Mike Cammalleri and open a new one on the guy coming in – Bourque, who was a major force in last season’s outdoor Heritage Classic, scoring the winning goal and looking dangerous throughout, and I remember thinking at that time that Bourque might look mighty fine in a Habs uniform.
Boston had taken the lead in the opening minute when the puck came out unexpectantly with Price out of position, and of course it had to be that way. That’s the way things have gone, so why be surprised by a weird puck carom? And why be surprised when another Bruins’ goal went off the stick of a Hab – Josh Gorges in this case.
But we certainly could be surprised that Montreal actually scored a power play goal. Yes, it’s true, by Yannick Weber, and the team had chances to tie it as they pressed while Cammalleri possibly raided the hotel mini-bar blocks away.
And as the soap opera continued, the boys weren’t able to get it done, another loss is on the books, and when I pull out my fabulous team-tracking page with the yellow lines, I count ’em up and see that Montreal has won 6 of their last 21 games.
The team just learned a good lesson. Call your teammates out, take a shot at the coach, act selfishly and play uneffectively, and your days are numbered in Montreal. The Cammy thing has been the only good piece of news we’ve had lately.
Bourque, a left winger, is 6’2, 213 pounds, which is a nice size. So we just got bigger, which is what I’ve been yearning for. He has 13 goals so far this year, but managed 27 in each of his last two seasons, which is very respectable.
Canadiens also sent along goalie Karri Ramo, now playing in the KHL, plus a 5th round pick, and received, along with Bourque, prospect Patrick Holland, a six foot right winger who spent the past three years with Carey Price’s old alma mater, the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. Montreal also landed a 2nd round draft pick in the deal.