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Slumping Bourque admits ‘it’s been a tough year’ in Montreal

Jan 21, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

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The numbers leading up to Rene Bourque‘s healthy scratch versus Toronto on Saturday were pretty ugly — zero goals, zero points in 13 straight games.

On Monday, Bourque addressed his slump and overall effort to date.

“Not good, obviously,” he said, per the Canadian Press. “It’s been a tough year.”

If it wasn’t for the struggles of fellow Habs forward Daniel Briere, Bourque might be public enemy No. 1 in Montreal this season. (Heck,  might be anyway.) In the fourth of a six-year, $20 million deal, Bourque — a three-time 20-goal scorer — has just six tallies this season, none since scoring against New Jersey on Dec. 2.

Bourque missed seven games this year with an upper-body ailment, but Saturday’s absence was all about performance. Habs head coach Michel Therrien parked Bourque in favor of Finnish rookie Joonas Nattinen, who only played 1:45 in his NHL debut — and it appears Bourque received the message.

“Hopefully, it’s a wake-up call,” Bourque explained, “and I get back to playing my game and producing.”

It does look as though Bourque will return to the lineup on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. He took this morning’s line rushes with Briere and Brandon Prust on what appeared to be Montreal’s third unit.

  1. withseidelinn - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    This guy is irrelevant

  2. Wineshard - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Maybe they should trade him to Calgary? I hear Cammalleri is available.

  3. withseidelinn - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    28 points in 101 games with the Canadiens.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Two more years left on his contract. The Habs so called Miracle GM that can do no wrong has a buyout to do.

      • withseidelinn - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Good point. Prime candidate, would be very wise to use it on him.

  4. elrock7 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    irrelevant piece of an over rated team.

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