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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: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:15 am

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Bourque is only French in name he is actually from Alberta, so Mtl didn't beef the french up, they did get some size up front and some cap space. IMO both players wore out there welcome on there respective teams and got traded for it, and some reports have it that Cammy was on the block for weeks is total BS, there would have been a better deal out there for Mtl. There GM paniced and took a deal that was fair myabe not good but fair for both sides, however Calgary has put themselves in cap trouble once again, maybe more moves in the future. As a Flames fan I was hoping for a bad season to get a top pick which Calgary ahs not had fro a few years thanks to the previous GM who mortgaged the future for Jokeinen, then the Phneuf trade which we got terrible players back then signed them to long term deals. Time for Calgary to unload some players and start the rebuild. Also would like to see Iggy get a chance at the cup and then come back to Calgary to retire, I know he will NOT win one in a Flames uniform anytime soon.

Hope there are more moves to come, start looking to the future Calgary instead of the past, Fleury, Otto, Vernon, Gilmour are not suiting up anytime soon!

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:22 am

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Only reason why the Habs traded Cammalleri was in order to beef up the french in the room

Interesting theory, but Bourque (despite his last name) doesn't speak any French.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:27 am

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Rene Bourque has scored 27 goals in each of the last 2 seasons and is on pace for that this season. Considering he is a better penalty killer than Cammalleri and they are saving about $3MM in cap space, I don't think this is a terrible trade for Montreal. Cammalleri was disgruntled and not performing up to his level and they were able to get a solid performer, cap space, and a 2nd round pick. Hardly the worst trade we'll see this year, I'm sure.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:11 am

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Interesting development, one has to wonder if it was Cammalleri's remarks that got him traded, but I'm guessing that with the only untouchable being Price, there were several possible trades being looked at, and his remarks simply made it easier to decide which player would go. It also sends a useful message to the rest of the team, unless of course, one wants to be traded and now thinks all he has to do is blabbermouth. I don't know much about Bourque, but Cammalleri won't be missed (and you could say that about half the team). Pretty good effort last night, but I always got the feeling Boston was taking a night off. Why play your hardest when you don't need to?

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:58 am

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Only reason why the Habs traded Cammalleri was in order to beef up the french in the room. Rene Bourque....not exactly Russian. Nice why to make up for hiring an Englush coach I guess. Some reasoning going on in Montreal huh?

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:07 am

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

the article says 82 points not assists

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:36 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Well, I can't say I blame Montreal.  Cammalleri was making way more money than a one dimensional player should be making.  Rene Bourque is a really good player and hopefully the change of scenery will help them both.

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:31 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

For only Rene Bourque?
Cammalleri is the only player teams game plan for.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:00 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary


It's been fixed. But thanks for your help. (Also, you used the wrong version of "it's" in your comment).

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:54 pm

Mike Cammalleri traded to Calgary

Complete one way player. Great offense, cant play D worth a poop....

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