Audio: Cammy, MAB on hold; Mara surgery

• AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta | Michael Cammalleri | Roman Hamrlik

Michael Cammalleri returned to practice with his teammates today but will not play tomorrow in Toronto. Nor will rehabbing Marc-André Bergeron play tomorrow.

But coach Jacques Martin targets the return of both for the next week, the Habs embarking on an eight-day stretch that will see them play five games. Martin said he thought Bergeron could play Monday at home vs. Ottawa, with Cammalleri being evaluated daily.

Defenceman Paul Mara leaves Montreal this weekend for
Boston and will undergo shoulder surgery next Tuesday, which pretty much spells the end of his season.

Mara has
officially been listed as “did not dress” the past eight games and was
listed as injured for 11 games before that. He is signed with the
Canadiens only through the end of the season.

No words on Saturday’s starting netminder. That should come during morning skate at the Air Canada Centre.


  1. smiler2729 says:

    If Kesler gets 6 years and $30 million… my kid’s gonna grow up to play in the NHL.

  2. smiler2729 says:

    I’d take Kesler over Plekanec in a second… everyone knows I’m not much of a Plekanec fan, nor am I a Markov guy either… I prefer the Stones to the Beatles too…

  3. CHsam says:

    lol ah St Patrick… ripping his charges a new behind

  4. nickster13 says:

    hey pleks had a bad year, it happens sometimes. I still like Pleks over Kesler in the long run

  5. joeybarrie says:

    You know, MAYBE if Kesler didn’t score 20 more points than Pleks last season your argument might hold water. ut as it stands it leaks like an old Zamboni…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  6. Les Habitants says:

    man that is funny, that judge look like a crook…

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  7. crabvader says:

    The only edge Kesler holds over Pleks is hitting.

    Pleks is a MUCH better passer and defensive aspect is pretty much on par. 

    I only give Kesler two things that he does better than Pleks and that’s skate and hit. He’s a little faster.

  8. nickster13 says:

    you make it sound like youre right and everyone else is wrong on a side note.

    Ill take Pleks on my team instead of Kesler who is having an off good year offensively, he will return to his old point totals in his non contract years, the only thing i give him is that he hits harder and plays a little meaner.

  9. andrewberkshire says:

    I like Hamrlik too, but Spacek is untradeable because his contract was signed after he turned 35, so Hammer is the odd man out.

  10. andrewberkshire says:

    Kesler is better, but head and shoulders better? No. Plekanec is better offensively, Kesler is better defensively.

  11. jbroderi says:

    i like hammer, but i say he and a goalie will be gone.


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  12. jbroderi says:

    his plus/minus is about the same, and pleks(7) is one of the mainstays on the pk, and that is doing well for the canadiens.   Kesler(3) is a more well rounded player, and more physical, yes, but i still think pleks has the potential to get more points.  How many games did he play with a solid line this year??

    who would I take if I had a choice??  I won’t say, but you know who it is, I just think they might be a little closer than you suggest.

    vancouver is a plus 50 or so in goals while montreal is a -1, so with that said, you can’t really ignore plus minus


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  13. andrewberkshire says:

    Unless Hamrlik is traded, one of the goalies is gone at the draft.

  14. jbroderi says:



    agreed, it just worries me that maybe one or both of our goalies will get a few offer sheets thrown at them.

    Hopefully we can trade one before that happens.  (oh, and sign the other one, of course!!)

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  15. TomNickle says:

    Memo to minority of HIO posters:

    Ryan Kesler is head and shoulders better than Tomas Plekanec.  Offensive games are right on par with each other and Kesler’s defensive game is miles better than Pleks’.  That’s not a knock on Pleks, that’s praise for Kesler.  Pleks leads the league in faceoffs lost by the way.

  16. jbroderi says:

    I’m not so sure he is going to play MAB, especially against the leafs.  Was he taking any practice on the fourth line??  I never heard.  If he wasn’t, good old JM will see how he looks in practice and then make the call.  We never want to give martin a lot of credit, and maybe he doesn’t deserve a lot, but he had to do a lot of scambling with lines with all the injuries, and it seems we are finally playing like a martin team.  Simple plays to get the puck out, and quick transition.  With our speed, we can be very dangerous in transition if we pick our battles.  I think before, we were worried about the breakout and not taking the puck with us.

    How many times before christmas did we see and easy “up and out of the zone”  turn into a cough up and hard pressure?  not lately


    go martin go!!


    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  17. andrewberkshire says:

    The Kesler signing is excellent for us. RFA or UFA no longer matters in the NHL. After Lowe started handing out offer sheets other GM’s stopped being shy about it. Kesler would have gotten a bigger offer if he went past July 1st without a contract. With Kesler’s physical play and his nomination last year for the Selke, and likely this year as well, it basically caps Plekanec to 5 million a year.

  18. jimmy shaker says:

    What JM is going to do if he really wants everyone to gel quick and get the best out of everyone is the following. 

    He’s got MAB practicing today with the D pairings…….so with him more suited for defense and where he would prefer to play anyways……he’s going to use 7 D and rotate MAB with Hammer, Spacek and Gill.  Taking some minutes from those guys will help those 3 guys I mentioned and MAB as well.  He’ll be eased back in, give hammer/spacek and Gill some more jump (if gill even has any) because of the less minutes they have to log  and be more effective on the PP, while getting more minutes (on the D)  than if he was being used as a token 4th liner…..Now if JM is using 7 D-men, that means only 11 forwards are dressing……SO you have on the 4th line Darche/Metro and either gio, poully AK46 and Cammy double shifting and getting more ice time which is better for  Darche and Metro to play with a more offensive player and allows JM to role 4 lines and gives Cammy and AK46 more ice to get their legs and timing back.  SO that is the lineup going forward that will help the habs achieve ultimate performance and success.  Hopefully JM sees it that way, because this is a true formula for success.  And at the expense of winning, Laps will have to be dropped and watch from the press box, until sergei turns sergei and starts to suck again.


  19. Exit716 says:

    Yeah it’s not like #23 only offered a one year deal last summer or anything, or failed to give him a decent contract at the same time that Andrei Kostitsyn got his.

    Hey. Why quibble with details?

    Andrei Kostitsyn translated one average season into nearly $10 million.

    Plekanec had an off year last season so Gainey decided to low ball him and had zero faith in him, so now Gauthier has to deal with the mess.

    Good thing #23 “opted” to leave.



  20. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    depends on the individual’s perspective.
    for a guy who was really good last, his effort falls short of anything impressive this year
    just be happy i didn’t provide a linke to barbi girl

  21. hotspur says:

    Would it be possible to dress 11 forwards and 8 defenders? Several players would have to double shift by playing on the fourth line, but the advantage would be that we wouldn’t have to use MAB much on even strength, but could still have him available on the PP. 

    Audere est Facere- To Dare Is To Do

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