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Habs trade Michael Cammalleri to Calgary

Jan 12, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT


The Montreal Canadiens’ strange season keeps getting more bizarre. In a rare event, the team pulled Cammalleri out of tonight’s contest against the Boston Bruins in the middle of the game as rumors swirled that he’d been traded.

It turns out that he did get moved as the Habs sent Cammalleri and a package of one pick and a prospect to the Calgary Flames for Rene Bourque, a pick and a prospect. (Click here for a detailed breakdown of the trade.)

Cammalleri’s last night as a member of the Habs certainly ranks as bizarre. He played through two periods of action before Montreal kept him in the locker room during the final frame. He was then sent back to the team’s hotel in a cab, eventually informing him of the move.

That’s about as odd as a departure gets, although maybe we should steal a line from Peter Laviolette by calling it “Montreal typical.”

Read up on Cammalleri’s criticisms in which he may or may not have called his teammates “losers,” which undoubtedly escalated this process.

  1. drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    This is truly hilarious. Guy calls out his POS team…and instead of rising up to the slight, the team trades him.

    This team must WANT to suck.

    Oh, and I can’t wait for Habs fans to defend the Subban hit from tonight’s game.

    • odj810 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      something had to have happened in the lockerroom inbetween periods. at least i hope otherwise this is really pathetic

    • pens919209 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      This is strangely reminiscent of Patrick Roy’s departure from Montreal. The sad part – Cammalleri didn’t get to do a mock celebration in response to mock cheers from Canadiens’ fans.

    • mornelithe - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Not only is the hit indefensible, but his turtle act immediately following said hit was pretty shameful also. Talk about guts, nail a guy in the head w/ an elbow and then drop to the ground and pray the refs will save you. What a classy piece of work that Subban.

      • dolanster - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM

        That was an insult to turtles. What a wuss.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      The same way B’s fans defended Marchand and hit in ‘self-defense.’

      • drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:03 PM

        At least Marchand fights.

      • mornelithe - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM

        Isn’t that kind of a dangerous attitude? So you’re saying that because Marchand did something once upon a time, now it’s ok for another person to do it? What is this, playground rules? Seriously? Grow up. Hits like these can end a career, and shouldn’t be tolerated on EITHER side of the puck.

        All this will do is increase the chances that someone’s going to get seriously hurt, next time these teams play, because rather than wait for a chance to fight, they’ll simply turn Subban into a smear on the ice. Fights are certainly entertaining, but they also provide a necessary outlet for pent-up frustration/anger etc… that is absolutely vital in preventing serious injuries.

  2. phillyphever - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Disfunction, ty name is Montreal.

  3. canucks18 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    He’s going to Calgary… It’s done

  4. kmcgin - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:51 PM


  5. crmgoodness - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    This just in, Camelleri traded to Calgary for used French to English dictionary. Au revoir Mike.

  6. kmcgin - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    for Rene Borque

    • drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      Twitter’s saying that. Isn’t Bourque a much better player?

      • danphipps01 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        Not really. He COULD be, but he’s a lot like Semin – talented, lazy and possessed of poor temper control. He’s a very frustrating player, because if he plays to his talent level, he’d be a consistent thirty-something-goal power forward. He just never fucking does.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Go figure, a Francophone. Does he suck? Yes. Is Cammy better? Yes. Does it matter? Come now, this is Montreal. Not in the least.

  7. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Old picture

  8. drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I bet they think they got Ray Bourque.

    • 8man - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:57 AM

      That was funny.

  9. yettyskills - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Montreal traded Cammalleri, as well as goaltender Karri Ramo and fifth round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft to the Calgary Flames for forwards Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

  10. yettyskills - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    and a*

  11. uscthom78 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    wake me up when they trade all their anglo players and replace them with an all Quebecer roster. You know thats what the majority of the fanbase wants.

    • 8man - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM

      Well Guy Lafluer ain’t walkin’ through their doors anytime soon. It might be a long wait until they have a competitive team.

      “Sacre Bleu! Zey are looozairs!”

      “Oui. But zey are our looozairs!”

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        Sacre Bleu!! Best comment ^^^

  12. drewzducks - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    If he had known this was going to happen this fast he would have called out those bunch of losers months ago.

  13. zabala81 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    The flames love making useless trades

    • danphipps01 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Funny thing is, they got the upper hand in this deal. Cammy’s got a much higher upside than Bourque’s ever had, and on a line with Iggy and Jokinen he might even look good.

      Still not going to save them from their own utter mediocrity, but Montreal managed to come out looking even worse than they already did. That’s truly astounding.

  14. drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Where’s habsman to talk about how Krejci had it coming?

    • habsman - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      Subban got his elbow up, Ferance rushes in and sucker punches him. Surprised?

      Also who was doing the flopping tonight? You couldn’t brush a Bruin and he pulls a Louganis.

      And the Greggie Campbell effect came into play again. Six power plays for B’s, Three for Habs.

      • crmgoodness - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        Ha…this is good stuff…a dangerous elbow targeting the head of the best player on the ice and you think what Ferrence did was a sucker punch? It’s called standing up for a teammate and if you throw that sort of unacceptable hit you better be prepared to account for yourself. And he sure was prepared…he turtled faster than you can say Ulf

        Complaining about flopping…a Habs fan…ba ha..ha ha ha ha ha

        Thanks, I needed a laugh

      • drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        Aaand there it is. Troll much?

      • habsman - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM

        Spin and spin some more.

        It was a sucker punch from a cheap shot, sucker punching team. And thats the reputation they are richly earning.

        Its getting harder for Bruin fans to “spin” these incidents, too many cheap shots to defend. Even Greggie’s daddy Colie will have a hard time covering up. You do know you won the Campbell cup last year right? Keep laughing.

      • crmgoodness - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM

        You are a funny bitter little thing.

        This reputation you speak of…apparently your very own team disagrees with you

        I just dont get why

      • crmgoodness - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:03 AM

        Florida didn’t win all those Collie cups when Gregie played down there…weird

      • habsman - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        I guess the Panthers didn’t do enough sucher punching.

      • crmgoodness - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM

        Sucher punching? Tell me again about the American educational system…

      • habsman - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM

        That was a typo, you couldn’t figure it out huh?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM

        I didn’t know Habs fans were allowed to speak English.

      • crmgoodness - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:04 AM

        I don’t know habsman…I’m not sure I’m buying the typo excuse. I mean the “h” is two keys away from the “k”…you’d have to have some pretty fat fingers…and surely in the vastly superior French Canadian educational system they teach proofreading no? Relax, I’m just having some fun with you. Besides, winning the Campbell cup was much sweeter last year because it went through Montreal. I’m really hoping they can overcome this trade and Subban’s suspension, make the playoffs so we can do it again this year. Maybe even Tim Thomas can repeat and win the Shanny Smythe again.

  15. habsman - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Cancer removed.

    Good trade for the Habs. Bourque adds much need size and has actually scored 8 more goals in the past two years. Also saves 2 mil in salary and cap space. We will see…………

    • uscthom78 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Except Bourque;s anglo. I don’t except him, suppan, price, pacioretty….etc…back next yet.

  16. drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    If habsman and Subban challenged each other to a fight, would they both fall underground?

    The Habs should be just as ashamed to have you as a follower than they should be to have Subban around.

  17. habsman - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    “If habsman and Subban challenged each other to a fight, would they both fall underground?”

    Wow, you seem like a really smart guy Drew. Fall underground? Another shining example of the American education system. Nice try at being funny. Got anything else smarty pants?

    • drewsylvania - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      Give it a rest. We all know you’re a blind stupid troll.

      • habsman - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:14 AM

        Good night Drew, go to bed, you’ve got school tomorrow. Be sure to pay attention, especially in English class.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        I can’t believe you the worst thing about the play is that Ference “sucker punched” Subban. That’s called sticking up for your teammate. I guess you don’t see much of that from those bunch of losers you watch.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        you think*

      • drewsylvania - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:39 AM

        I have a master’s, asshole.

      • habsman - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM

        You have a masters asshole? I knew you were an asshole, didn’t know you were a master at it.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:00 AM

        Aaand we’re officially 12.

        Internet Tough Guys are amazing.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      Too dumb to get the joke, too.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      You’re a joke, but your team is a funnier one.

  18. danphipps01 - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Habsfan! Hey, Habsfan! Question!

    How come the Florida Panthers have never won a Stanley Cup? They had, what, four years of Campbell? More? They didn’t even make the playoffs in that span. By all means, do explain their lack of… what did you call it? “Campbell Cups?”

    • habsman - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      The Panthers obviously didn’t do enough cheap shots or sucker punching or slew footing or clipping to get the job done.

      The Bruins, who have always been sucker punching cowards, saw the benifit of having the son of the head of discipline on their team. The result was a blind eye turned to dozens of cheap shots and sucher punches over the past two years.

      But even daddy Colie is finding it hard lately to cover for Greggie and his felow goons. The spotlight is on them now. Good luck with getting away anything major going forward.

      • danphipps01 - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:05 AM

        Two things to point out: one, Campbell doesn’t even do that anymore. Shanahan does. It was pretty big news, actually. Surprised you haven’t heard, considering he’s up on the frontpage of like five thousand times a week explaining why some idiot should or shouldn’t be suspended.

        Two: … um, are you actually serious? You’re not, right? Please say you’re not. This is like the hockey equivalent of Young Earth creationism. It’s just terrifying to think anyone could believe it. D:

      • crmgoodness - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:09 AM

        Sucher punch? I don’t know habsman, that’s twice. Might be time for a little Mavis Beacon.

      • habsman - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:15 AM


        Yes I know Shanny does it now, but he reports to Colie.


        Its getting late, but sucKer punch is whats intended.

        BTW, did you guys know drewsylvania has a masters asshole?

      • crmgoodness - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:30 AM

        I think you mean “what’s intended” not “whats intended”

        I know what you meant. Again, I’m just having some fun with the one that criticized our educational system but can’t seem to string together a grammatically correct post. You have to appreciate the irony.

        With that I’m issuing myself a game misconduct and going to bed. Happy sucher posting!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:30 AM

        I know you’re a master asshole.

      • habsman - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:37 AM

        Yes crmgoodness, I see the irony, but can barely see the keyboard. Off to the sack as well. Too much fun.

      • 8man - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:38 AM

        Hmm. I’ve been called an asshole, but no one has ever made mention of my Masters Degree. How do you suppose that I too, can be referred to as a Master Asshole.

        Perhaps some of the posters here can help. I’ll start it out…..Go Bruins!

  19. govtminion - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    I feel empty from reading the comments section here… back and forth, back and forth, blah blah blah… some of you make me embarrassed to call myself a hockey fan.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Welcome to the Bruins/Leafs vs. Habs rivalry, which has the uncanny ability to turn hockey-loving adults into children fighting in the sandbox

  20. arsement - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Govtminion said it.

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