You Bet I Like This Swap
Now that’s hockey!!! A trade in mid-game to make people wake up and agree, disagree, love, and hate. A trade to spark our interest and mask the fact that the Habs lost again, with the Senators, Rangers, Caps, Penguins, and Red Wings coming up next.
I happen to love the trade. I think we did fine on this one. But then again, I would’ve traded one of our underachieving dwarfs for a keg of beer.
Mike Cammalleri only had nine lousy goals for the Habs. This from a guy who was supposed to be a big gun, a threat on a nightly basis, a power play force, a go-to guy. But he wasn’t any of these. He was a six-million dollar player who went through most of his shifts without causing a stir, who showed no real passion or fire, and who whined about his ice time. Like Randy Cunneyworth said, do something and the ice time will grow.
The talk now is that new guy, Rene Bourque, is inconsistent. And Cammalleri wasn’t? So I suppose the bottom line is, we traded a guy who was incredibly inconsistent for a guy who might be inconsistent, we don’t know yet, and is also bigger, meaner, and half the price. To me this is good business, but then again, I owned a pub that didn’t do well and had to sell it, so what do I know?
And take away numbers and past and present performances, I’ll just come clean here. I never liked Cammalleri’s game from the beginning, even when he was producing. All I could see out there was a guy with talent who also played a soft game, who roamed the edges looking to be set up, who didn’t like to get his nose dirty, and whose shoulder pads were too big for his body.
We’re at the point now that shy of a miracle, we’re about to sink, and it’s completely unacceptable to Habs fans. Changes need to be made, the look of the team has to be different from now on, and we had, and still have, too many small guys that don’t scare anybody.
I like the trade. You bet. Now we need more.