It was bound to happen after the comments he made yesterday. For all intents and purposes, Mike Cammalleri had punched his ticket out of Montreal. But no one thought it would happen this quickly, and definitely not this way.
On Thursday night, following the Habs’ 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, the team announced that it had traded their former star free agent acquisition to the Calgary Flames, in exchange for forward Rene Bourque. The deal also included goaltender Karri Ramo (currently playing in Europe) and a fifth round pick in 2012 heading to Calgary, with prospect Patrick Holland of the Tri-City Americans and a second round pick in 2013 coming back to Montreal...
The Montreal Canadiens managed once again to keep the focus away from the game being played, in what this time seems to be one of the more shocking and puzzling twists to a 2-1 loss against the Bruins in recent history.
Boston opened the scoring off a strange play, as a clearing attempt meant for the stanchion took an unexpected bounce and wound up in the Canadiens' net off the stick of Jordan Caron with just 1:23 having elapsed in the game. Caron had just been recalled from the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence earlier in the day.
Among all the controversies, all the language debates, all these trivial issues that seem to plague many people in and around the city of Montreal this hockey season (and that I’ve been categorically trying to ignore), there’s an overlying issue that tends to get swept under the rug more often than not with this team.
The Habs just suck.
Blame it on the Anglophone coach, blame it on the incompetent GM or the face-saving owner, but when push comes to shove, the onus of the win-loss record and performance of the Montreal Canadiens falls squarely on the shoulders of the players, and the players only.
The Montreal Canadiens will be in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday evening for another heated showdown with the rival Boston Bruins. These two teams are on complete opposite ends of the standings, with the Bruins, who have won ten of their last twelve games, sitting pretty at the top of the Northeastern Conference. The Canadiens have only won four of their last twelve games, are sitting dead last in the conference, and sixteen points behind the Bruins.
That being said, games between these two bitter rivals are always unpredictable. While logic would dicta...
In his return game to the Bell Centre in Montreal Jaroslav Halak recorded the 18th shutout of his career. It was a game where the bigger, speedy St. Louis Blues shut down the diminutive Habs. Clearly the better team showed up and took the game. Halak did not have to be spectacular just ready to play. The Habs did not go to the net or have any puck possession.
The line of Tomas Plekanec, Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta was on the ice for two of the three goals scored by the Blues and quite frankly appeared to be disinterested throughout the game. The first two goals were scored on the only two times in the game Michael Cammalleri went to the net and played observer wh...
Expectations have been sky high for Lars Eller ever since he came to Montreal along with Ian Schultz in return for netminder Jaroslav Halak. It's hard to say that those expectations are unreasonable, given the remarkable playoff performance of Halak during the 2010 NHL Playoffs, which saw the Canadiens go on an incredible run to the Eastern Conference Finals after knocking off the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. That being said, up until this point, Lars Eller has shown great strides in his development, and is quickly making people forget about the doubts they had when the trade was first announced.
There was a ceremonial face off in the Bell Centre featuring Yvan Cournoyer, Paul Henderson and Vladislav Tretiak. Very nice ovation for the two hall of famers and one that possibly should be in the hallowed halls. The scratches for this game were Yannick Weber and Peteri Nokelainen.
The The much anticipated follow up game to the Eller game started off slowly for the Habs. The Lightning scored the dreaded first goal by Vincent Lecavalier with assists by Eric Brewer and Dominic Moore. The Habs did not have any shots until approximately the six minute mark. After scoring the first goal, the Lightning went into their defensive shell.
It has been one of the weirdest weeks for the Montreal Canadiens. First, Pierre Gauthier apologizes for hiring an English-only speaking coach in his state of the union address. Geoff Molson would go on to agree with Gauthier's statements. Then, Randy Cunneyworth vows to learn French. P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec get into it at practice. Josh Gorges signs an extension.
Then the team goes out and scores seven goals for the first time in almost a year. Cunneyworth gets his first home win. I guess saying the past few days have been weird is an understatement, but maybe weir...
The Winnipeg Jets are in town tonight to face off against the Habs in Montreal's first game of the new year. While 2011 will forever be remembered by the Jets, the Habs are ready to forget it and move on. New year, new start, new hope. Let's take a look at the match up.
Finishing the year up with success, the Jets went 6-3-1 in their last ten games and are on a 3 game winning streak heading into tonight's game. Included in those wins was a a game against the Habs where the Jets shut out Montreal 4-0. Forwards Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane are paving the way for some of the youth to shine in Winnipeg, Wheeler and Kane combine for 57 points o...