Michael Cammalleri Traded To Calgary During Boston Game

Who says big contracts are unmoveable?   Michael Cammalleri has two years left on a contract that includes a cap hit of six million dollars.  Calgary will actually be paying him seven million in each of the two years.  For the Canadiens he’s played horribly this year.  .  The Calgary Flames still took him back, along with the rights to KHL goaltender Kari Ramo in return for 6’2″ Alberta-born forward Rene Bourque, junior-aged Patrick Hall and a fifth round draft pick in 2013.  The way things are going, the door is not going to stop revolving as Cammalleri exits.  The team is undoubtedly still a ‘brick shy of a load’.

In the game, the Bruins scored a fluke goal in the first period and that’s all they really needed.  The Bruins don’t blow leads and the Canadiens generally don’t come back.  It was 1-0 until early in the third period when Milan Lucic put the game effectively out of reach against a team that is not constructed for comebacks.

Adding It Up –

Going, Going, Gone –  Cammalleri didn’t say anything to the media on Wednesday that anyone with half a wit couldn’t see for themselves.  The thing is, if you’re going to say the words, then back it up with action.  Cammalleri was again a no-show in this game and now he’s gone to Calgary in a trade that was apparently completed between the second and third period of the game.   Cammalleri’s totals for the night through the two periods in which he participated  – 0 shots on goal; none even attempted; no hits  Zeros across the board.  Clearly he’ll be happier in another place.  Cammalleri’s last shift as a Canadien game in the final minute of the second period.   One can only ask, “what happened to the player who was so important in the Canadiens 2010 playoff run?”  (Trade Announcement from Canadiens Publicity Below)

17-Rene Bourque – Traded to Canadiens

…….About Bourque –  He’s big at 6’2″- 213lbs..  Although from Northern Alberta, he’s Metis of origin.  Bourque is currently serving a five game suspension for what Brendan Shanahan called a “reckless elbow” to the head of Washington Capitals forward Niklas Backstrom Tuesday night.  He won’t come off the suspension until Sunday when the Canadiens play the Rangers.  Bourque is classified as a repeat offender under the league’s CBA and forfeited  US$203,252.05 in salary.   This season he has 13 goals and 3 assists in 38 Calgary games.

……The Opener – In the game’s secoond minute, a harmless clearing shot by Johnny Boychuk had Carey Price looking to hold the puck behind the net.  The puck hit a gap in the glass and bounced in front for Caron to tap in for a 1-0 lead that lasted until the third period when Milan Lucic effectively put it out of reach.

…..Facing Facts – The Bruins weren’t particularly good in this game, which generally means they were ripe to be picked off.  They won the game anyway, which again points up the way the Canadiens are playing the game in the 2011-1012 season.

……Shot in the Foot – The Canadiens got back into the game, at least on the scoreboard on a power play goal with 7:14 remaining.  They then erased any chance of tieing the game when, first Petteri Nokelainen and then Tomas Plekanec picked up penalties for holding the stick.  The Canadiens played 3:12 of the last 5:13 shorthanded including the last 1:12 of the game when they might have tried for a 6-on-5 finish.

Using His Size – Michael Blunden was given a chance to play major minutes and did what he was asked to do.  Before Cammalleri was removed from the game he played on the Plekanec line.  In the third period he was back with Nokelainen and Darche.  His night included 2 hots on goal and five hits.  The 6’4″ Blunden continues to make a pretty good case for remaining with the team.

Worth Mentioning –  Lars Eller may have gone back to being the checking forward he was before the four goal night, but it doesn’t mean he’isn’t doing his job.  Tomas Plekanec won 76% of his faceoffs including 6 for 6 against the very-difficult Patrice Bergeron.  I thought P.K. Subban was a little more in-control of his game that he has been recently.  He took only two shots and oddly enough, that might be a good sign.  Josh Gorges was…….well Josh Gorges.  Six blocked shots.  Minus-2, but could nothing about either of the Boston goals.  Pacioretty and Cole took a combined 13 shots, 11 of them on goal.  With Desharnais, they made up the Canadiens best line.

From the ScoresheetShots on Goal – Pacioretty (6); Cole (5); Kostitsyn (4);    Hits – Blunden, Subban (5);  Blocked Shots – Gorges (6); Faceoffs Won/Lost – Plekanec 16/5

(From Canadiens Publicity Department)

MONTREAL (January 12, 2012) –Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced tonight the acquisition of forwards Rene Bourque and Patrick Holland as well as a second round draft pick in 2013 from the Calgary Flames in returnfor forward Michael Cammalleri, goaltender Karri Ramo and a 5th round draft pick in 2012. 

Rene Bourque, 30, first joined the Calgary Flames prior to the 2008-2009 season.  In 38 games this season, the 6’2″  , 211 lbs forward recorded 13 goals and added 3 assists and was assessed 41 penalty minutes. He scored three powerplay goals.

Bourque also played with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2005-2008 after spending four seasons with the University of Wisconsin (WCHA). A native of Lac La Biche, Alberta,  Bourque was traded from Chicago to Calgary on July first, 2008 in return for the Flames’ second round pick in 2010. He totalled 239 points (121 goals, 118 assists) and 377 penalty minutes in 432 career regular season games in the NHL.

Patrick Holland, 20, is a member of the Tri-City Americans of the WHL where he played for three seasons.  A 7th round selection, 193rd overall in 2010, Holland scored 17 goals and added 40 assists for 57 points in 40 games thus far this season. A 6’1’’ and 175 lbs forward, Holland hails from Lethbridge, Alberta.

 Michael Cammalleri registered 9 goals and 13 assists in 38 games with the Canadiens this seasons.  He was in his third season with the Club. He was signed by the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1st, 2009.

 Karri Ramo is currently tending goal with the Russian team Avangard Omsk in the KHL.  He played in 34 games (13-14-7). He had been acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning on August 16, 2010 in return for goaltender Cédric Desjardins.