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Cunneyworth likes Bourque’s nasty streak

Jan 14, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

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There’s been plenty of debate surrounding Michael Cammalleri, Rene Bourque, and the trade that was designed to shake-up two organizations north of the border. The next step in the process is watching the two players attempt to fit in with their new teammates. While Cammalleri is set to appear with his new team against the Kings tonight in Calgary, Bourque practiced with his new team for the first time on Saturday morning.

Bourque is unavailable for the Habs tonight against the Senators as he serves the final game of his five-game suspension for delivering an elbow to Nicklas Backstrom’s head. He’ll be available to Randy Cunneyworth and the Canadiens starting tomorrow night against the Rangers.

Even though he’s sidelined from tonight’s actions for the dirty hit he made while with the Flames, Cunneyworth is excited to add that type of player into the mix.

“It’s an expensive mistake, but you’re playing hard, rugged, there’s a bit of reckless abandon,” Cunneyworth told The Hockey News. “But that’s OK as long as you’re going to those other areas and making sure they pay offensively.”

“It makes others wary a bit when you know that a guy has that reckless tendency and if other guys shy from that, that’s where you win those battles.”

When Bourque is at his best, he is a forward that can fill up the net while he’s playing with an edge. He’s shown in the past that he’s capable of playing the type of game that physically punishes the opposition on the ice, while adding more punishment on the scoreboard. That’s when he’s at his best.

When he’s at his worst, he’s a player that isn’t as engaged as his coach, teammates, or fans would like him to be. What makes it even worse is that he’ll show glimpses of his potential, and then frustrate people by floating though extended periods of a given game. Or worse yet, extended periods of multiple games.

If he can put it together and play with consistency, he should be a good fit for a team that could use a physical presence. That’s exactly what Mr. Gauthier and Mr. Cunneyworth are betting on.

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 14, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    So, tl;dr, Montreal wants more Subbans and less clean and respectable hockey players.

    I’m going to pretend I’m shocked.

  2. wethog66 - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    I like the fact Bourque was traded to a team the Caps will face 4 times instead of having to wait to avenge Backstrom when the Caps play the Flames next year. Bourque might have a nasty streak, but he better also have his head on a swivel starting Jan. 18th. It will be skull thumping time.

  3. jrocknstuff - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Exactly! It looked like we weren’t going to get a chance to avenge the hit, but now with this trade Hendricks gets to kick his sorry ass on Wednesday night

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