Bad news piles up

As the Canadiens prepare to face the Bruins in Boston, Brian Gionta is lost, likely for the season.
And Mike Cammalleri pops off about his teammates.

After most of the media had left the Canadiens’ room after Wednesday practice, Cammalleri had a chat with Arpon Basu of and François Gagnon of La Presse.

His remarks – exonerating Cammalleri’s own poor play, whining about his reduced ice time and calling out his teammates for their “losing mentality” – enraged the panel on L’Antichambre.

There were suggestions Randy Cunneyworth make Cammalleri a healthy scratch against the Bruins. But the Gionta injury and the Canadiens’ lack of depth make that unlikely.

The bigger question: Does Cammalleri want out of Montreal?

Gagnon thinks so.

P.K. won’t be fazed by boos in Boston

Good piece on Lars Eller

Will Bruins force other teams to toughen up?


  1. Mike11 says:

    I have been a Hab fan since 1960.
    The strength of the team has been at the upper level: ownership and GM’s – Selke, Pollock, Savard)
    I think Gainey was “tired” when he took over the Habs but he should have stuck with Julien as coach (but there was a goalie problem with Huet and Theodore – Julien wanted Huet and Gainey wanted Theodore who had just got a big contract).
    Gauthier seems to react instead of having a long term plan.
    I think Martin would be a better GM than coach
    Where are the leaders? Why is Gill not providing leadership? He won a cup with Pittsburgh and knows what it takes to be successful.
    I think there are a lot of problem in the dressing room that we do not hear about (which is the way it should be).
    Though I think PK is one of the best offensive D’s in the league, I however, believe he is a drawback to the team and a negative influence (Selfish). He’s gotta go to a western team.
    Defence is too young to compete at this level – expecting too much from them. Traded to many experience D’s from last year’s team.
    Yes, I think the coach is doing a good job under very strenous circumstances and people should be supporting him.


  2. Willy the bum says:

    Update TSN interview with Cammalleri at the Boston hotel after hearing the trade (see this before you make a comment!):

    Haven’t written anything here for the longest time, but seeing this during the game is a huge shock!

    Really like Cammalleri and been part of a great playoff year with Halak against those two best Eastern teams then.

    And so, its kinda sad to see Cammalleri go, but it is all business, and the team must need something to boost up. He won’t get a lot of goals this season but he will soon play with a lot of heart, that is when he’s on the better team.

    Very thanks and wish Cammalleri luck, but when we’ll welcome Bourque, we’ll hope he’s better efficient on the team than him.

  3. RC-51 says:

    Apparently Cammy is traded to Toronto for Komisarek and Grabovski

  4. --Habs-- says:

    Just an FYI – NESN the local channel for Boston Bruins Hockey is showing past Bruins Habs match-ups and guess what! The fights. You gotta laugh at the mentality here where I live! The fans and the media are like the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz when it comes to the game. No Brain! I think they let in way too many Irish at the turn of the century.

  5. Nobody says:

    Read a story last summer Cammalleri was among players who asked Gauthier to sign some toughness so the skilled players would get hurt so much. Clearly the team is not signing any toughness.

  6. AndyF says:

    I’m really having trouble understanding why people think that suggesting that the Habs rebuild is a negative thing. True health of the franchise will require that the team go through cycles of picking high in the draft, followed by a final assault of the summit using some veteran free agents.

    The Habs have been fighting this cycle for 20 years, because they’re lucky enough to be in a cash-cow market, and because getting a Cup every 6 years isn’t a lot more money than getting 5 extra games in the post-season every year.

    The best analogy is that if you prevent the forest fires every year you tend to get huge fires every 10 years, because you never have a healthy forest.

    The Habs have been preventing small forest fires for over 20 years, now. All that’s left is kindling wood in the Habs’ forest.

    • TommyHibbs says:

      That’s mainly true and you’ll see that cycle with most teams (notably the Penguins and Blackhawks), but not all of them.

      The Red Wings have been an elite team for a long time, and transitioned seamlessly from the Federov, Shanahan, Yzerman years to the Datsyuk, Zetterberk, Franzen years.

      Maybe we can plant trees without burning down the forest?

      • --Habs-- says:

        Kind of agree! But the RW’s are starting the kind of decline. Yes they’ve had a healthy run but I don’t think they can match up to the top 6 to 8 team anymore in the long season or playoff. I’m not saying they’re not good anymore but the Habs for a while were good as well. But in the end mediocre drafts and high profile signings like Gionta Cams and Gomez bite you. Now we’re seeing the true results. IF Mr Molson want to keep 21K fans in the stands he better start his disaster recovery whatever that may be.

      • AndyF says:

        Not this time.

        And, by the way, the Wings chose to suck for a lot longer than a “normal” cycle. The Demers years were brutal on that franchise. Don’t know if you remember it, but they were called “The Dead Things”. One of their draft picks happened to be good enough to propel the team into greatness for a very long time. The rest was just very good player development – a skill that the Habs never had to learn.

    • Clay says:

      It’s only negative if they fail – like the last rebuild.

      ☞ “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.” – Jean Beliveau. ☜

  7. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Let’s trade all our talented veterans, all of them! Then let’s bring up minor leaguers who shouldn’t be in the NHL. Yeah! Then let’s settle down to whine for five years about how we have no veteran scorers, and players who have slumps or play injured recover elsewhere and score thirty! Yeah! We should also dump that Roy fellow – he’d be good for at least three forwards. Yeah! Oh, sorry, wrong trading frenzy. They all look the same after a few.

  8. Habfan29 says:

    I have a really bad feeling about tonights game. I hope I am wrong but I think that Montreal is going to get blown out and then we will really see the whinning coming out of the dressing room.

    If I am Price or Subban I am telling my agent to get me out of here.

    • powdered toastmann says:

      As unlikely as it sounds, this is often when the Habs find another gear and surprise us all.

    • arcosenate says:

      Habs 46 – Bruins 0.

      Next morning they rehire Jacques Martin who benches all the scorers from the Bruins game, fortunately for Cammy he was held off the score sheet again and plays 46 minutes in a 6 – 0 loss to Ottawa on Saturday.

  9. Habsssssssswin says:

    Keep the skilled players …Cammy, Gionta, Pleks, Cole, Suban, A.K. etc. …Get rid of the dead weight … Guys who are big,but gutless. They know who they are. With some physical support our skilled players will thrive…. I know I’m echoing everybody else’s sentiment, but dammit until we can intimidate our opponents we will remain a laughing stock. I watched the St. Louis feed on tuesday, and Tony Twist was literally laughing at our team…..The Pr*ck .


    • powdered toastmann says:

      yes, it’s embarrassing

    • New says:

      When things are going bad they get worse. There is a reason some players were available through trade or FA. It isn’t that they don’t have talent. It is just that they can only play when things are going good. Every team loses games but not all teams fail to show up for many games. You hear it first from the media who extol the opposition goalie, criticize the refs, or bemoan the bounces. Sure it happens, but not 7 out of ten games. When they start yelling about how close the team came to having a shot on net…well you fill in the rest.

  10. --Habs-- says:

    This is what I call extortion of 60 million dollars for a C or D product and effort

  11. --Habs-- says:

    You would think with all the software and technology that when TSN plays the game tonight they would filter out the habs jerseys on the habs players and put leaf jerseys on them and everything would be back to normal

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