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Cammalleri trade haunts Habs

The Sports Xchange

--Former general manager Pierre Gauthier was criticized for his trades and his secretive manner. One of his trades which backfired was the deal which sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary for Rene Bourque, who failed to deliver in Montreal. The deal came two days after Cammalleri said there was a loser culture in the Canadiens dressing room.

Gauthier said he had been working on the deal for a month but the timing made it seem like it was a knee-jerk reaction to Cammalleri's comments. There were suggestions that Gauthier didn't let enough teams know Cammalleri was available and that he might have received more in return

Cammalleri was told that he was traded during a game in Boston. When he was sent back to the team hotel in Boston, he asked if he could keep his game jersey. He was told he would have to pay $200 if he wanted to keep it.

--With the Canadiens out of the playoffs, the focus for some players has turned to the world championships which start in May in Sweden and Finland.

Tomas Plekanec will represent the Czech Republic, P.K. Subban will play for Team Canada and Max Pacioretty should represent the U.S. There is another group of players whose status is clouded by injury concerns.

Andrei Markov is a regular for Russia but the Canadiens will encourage him to take a pass this time around because they want him to strengthen his surgically repaired right knee over the summer. Goaltender Carey Price has his sights set the 2014 Sochi Olympics and was anxious to represent Canada but a late-season concussion makes that unlikely. The diagnosis is a mild concussion and with a later than usual start to the worlds, Price may be cleared but the Canadiens will probably advise him to rest.

Erik Cole, who led the Canadiens with 34 goals, said he'll stay home to spend some time with his family.

"All I can do is wait and see if there's a role for me in this organization. It's out of my hands now." -- Canadiens interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth who is not expected to return in that role.

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