Cammalleri will exchange this jersey for a Flames one... again

So according to everyone in hockey with a twitter account, Mike Cammalleri has been traded from the Habs to some sort of mystery team for a mystery return. Eyebrows rose when Cammalleri did not reappear on the Montreal bench during the third period and was not on the ice. After what was, no doubt, some creative snooping, it was determined that Cammalleri was not injured and had been told by team officials that he had been dealt. From the rink, they called Cammalleri a cab and told him to “await further instructions” when he got to the team hotel.

Obviously things have been a little heated in Montreal with Cammalleri playing the role of lightning rod for the team’s struggles and displeasure. It’s still shocking to see him traded so quickly and without very much of a whiff of talk that he was on his way out leading up to this week. Equally odd is the fact that this is January in the NHL and not the MLB trade deadline. In the NHL you generally wait until the end of a game to tell someone you’ve shipped them out. According to CapGeek, Cammalleri has a limited No Trade Clause which (obviously) means there are only so many places he could go. It has been reported that there are seven teams on his “I will not go there” list.

I also can’t tell if this is Gauthier making a move to try and save his job or if this is Gauthier making a move with a key piece because he has the full backing of upper management.

More as it develops…

UPDATE: Apparently Calgary is the new destination for Cammalleri.


The official pieces switching hands are Mike Cammalleri, Karri Ramo and a fifth rounder from Montreal heading to Calgary for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a second rounder in 2013.

Initial reaction: What an utterly useless trade. Calgary continues to botch what should be a rebuilding effort by adding a top six forward with a $6 million cap hit while Montreal adds a guy who is a third liner on a good team who is signed through 2016 and a seventh round draft pick who projects to be a bottom six, two way forward. All in all, the type of trade you would expect these two franchises to make.

A twitter quote from Mr. Justin Bourne who apparently feels more or less the same way I do about this deal:

Also, for those who would like to run with the “Gauthier wants to appease the French language nationalists” I have some bad news: Bourque is a Westerner (granted, with some Metis heritage) and not Francophone or Quebecois in any way. Proof, you say?

Some stats for your consideration:
Cammalleri has 22 points (9 goals) in 37 games this season.
Bourque has 16 points (13 goals) in 38 games this season. He has two games left on a five game suspension. Karri Ramo currently plays for Avangard Omsk of the KHL – good luck getting accurate KHL stats.
Patrick Holland (6-feet, 175) was a seventh round pick of the Flames in 2010. He currently has 57 points in 40 games with the Tri-City Americans of the Western League.

For those of you wondering how on earth Calgary can fit Cammalleri in under their cap, I give you the Long Term Injured Reserve clause, which the Flames have used liberally this season. Case in point…



Comments (12)

  1. Confirmed to Calgary for Rene Bourque and a 2nd round pick in 2013

  2. #FireGauthier

  3. Well at least now he can understand the language……

  4. Sad to c Cammi leave. Montreal will miss him. I vote to fire Gauthier’s ass

  5. crazy trade makes no sense to me. #FireGautier

  6. hahahaahahahhahahahahahahah what a bad move on both teams parts montreal gives up all they have on offence and takes back a fringe player at best why did you not just ask for matt stajan

  7. Apparently news has it that other teams’
    GMs had no idea Cammi was available. This proves that Gauthier should be fired cuz if Cammi was to b traded we could have gotten a lot better. Even though Bourque is not French his name is. First drain with Habs, Benoit Brunet commentator for RDS French broadcast for Habs used to call him calamari. Proof that he’s a bad sports commentator as he was a bad hockey player too. Won’t have problems with bourque’s

  8. i wonder what his no go teams were. . .

  9. Harold Ballard is back from the grave and running the Habs! All they got was Rene Bourque? They couldn’t wait until after the game to see if they could make a better deal? This is clearly vindictive. This is how they chased Patrick Roy out of town. The Habs are sinking fast and Gauthier’s filling the boat with more water. This dude’s crazy. I’m not a Habs fan but if I was I’d be furious. I almost (almost) feel sorry for them.

  10. I don’t know what you guys are fucking whining about. Rene Bourque is a steal for Montreal for Cammalleri. MC has a terrible attitude, is playing like garbage, and has a bad contract. Bourque has heart, is a potential 30 goal guy and comes at a much better price. I am seriously blown away by the complaining, but then again Habs fans would complain about anything.

  11. Hey Mike get lost!!!

    I’m a Habs fan, french speaking to top it all.

    And I think it’a good trade for MTL. We are going nowhere this year, it’s time to take off those pink glasses, we wont make the play off. So we sell. Cammalleri waa the 1st one to go, more will follow.

    We lose a prima donna, a star player, yes, but an egocentric one. If his stats are going ok, he’ll be happy, even if the team do no good. He’s more interested in looking himself in the glass rather then work on the ice. He still has great potential, he might reborn in Calgary, but we know he is defintely not a team player.

    Flames fans, hope you all discover what a player he really his. Look on how many defense he let pass in fron of him, just to avoid being hit. It’s ridiculous.

    In return, we get what we long needed. SIZE. If you take stats, they are quite similar even when you compare GPG.

    You say Bourque doesnt show up all the time, I guess you didnt watch Cammalleri to well in the past 2 years. Except for that streak in the playoffs, he never came close to earnong his salary. Your’s to discover.

    But not only we got what we needed in adding size, we also get a young prospect. He might not be a sure shot. But it’s a good prospect nontheless.

    But the 2 most important factor are that they got a 2nd rounder in 2013 ( i’m guessing a pick somwhere between 35th and 45th overall as I dont see the Flames improving that much. That a big plus.

    And we also are relieve of 3 million dollars on the cap wich can be use to sign Subban,Price or Kostitsyn or even get a real 3rd line big guy.

    IMO we added what was needed knowing we wont make it in the playoffs this year.


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