Cammalleri back in the lineup

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Pat Hickey reports from morning skate in Pittsburgh that Mike Cammalleri will play tonight against the Penguins.
Aaron Palushaj is a healthy scratch.

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137 Comments

  1. immortalhab says:

    I know a guy that’s just over five feet tall and really bad with the puck. We could send Gill, Moen and Cole to the minors and pay him $10 million!

  2. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Phantom call

  3. SPATS says:

    I agree with most here about Gomer. We must ignore the 800 lb gorilla in the room that is his caphit. I’d take him off the PP, put him on the 4th line with Moen and Darche and let him play Pleky’s minutes on the PK. He’ll stay somewhat fresh, it’ll take pressure off his offensive performance and who knows, maybe he’ll even find some room out there with the 2 hungry bruisers on his wings at 5 on 5. At worst, they will be a formidable 4th line and tough to play against. I’d have put Enqvist in the pressbox, and tried Gio over with Cammy and Pleks (I know small… but fearless and fast!) Then I’d try Palushaj with Eller and Cole, leave DD with Patches and AK.

    Bottom line, Gomer will stay fresher and hungrier, he’ll be less of a distraction and it allows us to see what the youngsters can do on the top 3 lines. We can then try to deal him or send him down to help raise the rest of the kidz.

    Turn that lemon into lemonade

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

    • Stephen York says:

      I think JM should bench Gomer for a couple of games. In fact, this is something he should have done last year.

      Plekanec was benched for three or four games two (three?) seasons ago. He came back refreshed, and immediately produced.

      Gomer needs to eat a bit of humble pie while taking in some games in the press box.

      _______________________________
      Bench Gomer. It’ll (re)build character.

  4. Thundermonkey says:

    I think Gomez has shown something better this year than last year,

    Don’t forget the Gomez has always been a set up guy and Gionta has had a poor start to the year. He has missed a number of open nets and/or high probabaility scoring chances. If he buries a couple of those and gomez has no goals but 3-4 assists I don’t thing this discussion is going on today.

    • Ehabs9 says:

      I agree and disagree, I’ll admit Gionta hasn’t been that sharp to start the year, but if you watch Gomez for the most part, all last season and a good 50% of this season so far, he just doesn’t make smart decisions with the puck. The number of times he turns the puck over trying to force a pass, or passes to someone who is clearly covered and can’t do anything with it, also ending up in a turnover, is ridiculous! Not to mention his attempted rushes that he gets turned back on. There’s not being able to produce, and then there’s having a negative impact, and the majority of the time Gomez falls under both categories.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      if he was paid to look better we would be doing ok. He is paid big bucks to produce offense which he isn’t doing sadly. If we got paid for effort Tommy Pyatt would be making a killing.

      He has to start producing and quickly or I think the management will finally have to pull the plug on him.

      The last game I saw him doing his blind passes on the powerplay again which made me puke in my mouth a little

  5. sCOTT1243 says:

    Still have no idea why Gomez is still with Gionta….He played very well in pre-season, why not move him to another line? Don’t get it, those 2 on the same line has not worked since day one, time to change it up.

    Just a few more comments….Eller, AK46, Patches – playing very well, Subban will wake up, Youngsters looking good, Gionta step it up. In respect to Dmen, are we missing Hamerlik? 50/50 on that, I think Mara should be brought back, tough, never made too many mistakes and would be a great replacement for Spacek, who I find useless.

    Price, not too worried about him. But man, I wish they wouldn’t let opposing teams push him around. Take the 2 minutes and clock someone who pulls that.

    Martin…well buh bye

    • mongoose says:

      Send Gomez to Hamilton
      Cammalleri-plekanec-Cole
      Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gionta
      Moen-Eller-AK46
      Darche-Engqvist-Palushaj(White will take his spot in 3 weeks)
      This gives a good top 9 with a big body or 2 on each line ,White coming back will be great,We need to assemble a fourth line that is difficult to play against ,Blair Betts in place of Engqvist would be great!

      Toronto Maple leaf fans and ignorance walk hand in hand in the land of stupidity

  6. OakvilleHabsFan says:

    Time to make a decision on Gomez. If he does not start producing in the next 25 games he should be shopped. I realize noone will bite but that will be the pretext to sending him down to the Hammer. With the emergance of Eller and DD the Habs do not have any room for him. I do not believe he will do a good job on the fourth line either. It’s time for Molson to step up and do something for the good of the team, he sells enough overpriced beer, eat the $$ and send Gomez down. This will free up enough money to go after two decent free agents next year, or pickup someone at the trade deadline this year. It’s all about team building in the salary cap era, everyone understands this and will not hamper our ability to bring in free agents.

    • mongoose says:

      Great thoughts on Gomez,Enough is enough for me We should bit the bullet like the rangers did with Redden,Send him to the minors,He brings nothing to the table and DD is better and Eller is suited for center,Everytime i watch Ryan McDonaugh play for the rangers i want to punch Bob Gainey in the head.

      Toronto Maple leaf fans and ignorance walk hand in hand in the land of stupidity

  7. HABSsince92 says:

    So last time the Habs won a game Cammy played so hopefully that streak continues tonight.

    The Scott Gomez line………..where wingers go to die.

  8. Vladdy Mondavi says:

    A small side-track: Grantland writer Katie Baker offers a column with a different insight into the NHL. It’s not at Friedman’s level, but an interesting read nonetheless.
    I especially liked the part on Craig Rivet.
    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7126984/the-endless-battle-hockey-fights

  9. Feraco says:

    For arguement sake:

    Cammelleri – Desharnais – Cole
    Darche – Engquist – Eller
    Gionta – Gomez – kostitsyn
    Moen – Plekanec – Pacioretty

    (alphabetical order)

    Molson Ex mon ami

  10. NightRyder says:

    Again, called shot: Gomez bumps the slump tonight.

    I understand that in the fine tradition of helping a friend break out of a funk, Habinburlington took it upon himself to hook up with a large lass, so Gomez is a lock tonight.

    Let the Scoregasms and “I told you so” comments from the Gomophiles flow freely.

  11. Mattyleg says:

    What about these lines:

    “For I have known them all already, known them all:
    Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
    I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
    I know the voices dying with a dying fall
    Beneath the music from a farther room.
    So how should I presume?”

    Comments?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  12. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Lars Eller: 6″2 and about 205 pounds, gritty (remember boston series) good vision and what looks like as good a shot as any of other centers.

    We’ve been hoping for a big talented, 1st/2nd line center for many years, and now he’s playing wing?

    • Ehabs9 says:

      The whole thing seems to be a bit of a mess right now, between injuries and inconsistent efforts from players it’s a bit of a scramble line wise. Can’t say I’m too optimistic about the whole thing, if tonight goes poorly than I think it’s time to start worrying. START, not panic, but at least acknowledge that something might need changing.

    • RetroMikey says:

      We’ve been hoping for a lot of things for this club of ours for over 18 years.
      The song remains the same for 18 years.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  13. caladin says:

    @g-man
    You bench AK?

    Here’s my lines for tonight
    Max-DD-AK46
    Eller-Pleks-Cole
    Cammi-Gomez-Gionta
    Moen-Enqvist-Darche.

    Also I have a question…
    Does anyone know how long GB’s contract is in Tampa? After another good year or two he might be ripe for poaching, the way Detroit got Babcock.

    Montreal should never have a rookie coach IMHO.

  14. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Leafs/Bruins tonight — who the hell do you pull for in that one?

  15. The Cat says:

    I dont see things looking up, the D is just awful and its this way because of some bizarre infatuation with a russian defenseman who has yet to deliver his worth after x years. Seriously, Philly has the balls to unload players like Mike Richards and Carter while Montreal latches onto damaged goods like its %$%&*^% Bobby Orr.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      You probably felt Koivu was damaged goods too and good riddance.

      Markov had to be AllStar material not to get critiqued.

      And the reoccurring injury was as much a lapse of judgement from our medical staff as his fault. ie rushed

      • Ehabs9 says:

        I’m all for getting attached to player’s and liking them beyond the product they bring to the ice. But I find a lot of people forget that this is a JOB for players coaches and management. I find people in all 3 of those categories are given far to much lenience, if you aren’t performing the job that’s expected of you, you get fired thats the way the world works. However the sports world, and I find it even more truthful to the Habs in particular, doesn’t seem to operate the same way. Just my 2 cents, but that’s what always frustrates me the most.

      • avatar_58 says:

        Not really, Koivu was healthy and still got the boot

        • nunacanadien says:

          When you look at what is available out there and who decides to come to Montreal, I mean look at how Gomez managed to attract the injured players so far: Campoli, and who else? You have a good point that we are wasting our time waiting for Markov, but then he is worth the wait after he has had a healthy year and a chance to become part of the team. The other choices are not as great for Montreal’s style of hockey, which demands players be under 6 feet 1 inch and weigh less than 200 pounds so they can skate fast. So far this Gainey theory of having “Crazy Bob’s Hockey Emporium for washed up veterans and injured has beens and for rookies who are too small team” and his experiment to see whether a group of tiny hockey players can fill a hockey arena, seems to be panning out for the Molsons like the habs were still a seat seller for Gilette. Why should the new owners care if the habs win or lose?

    • Ghosts of the Forum says:

      Thought the D played well against Buffalo, with the exception of a rare lapse by Gorges.

      As for Markov…let’s renew that discussion when he’s back in November :)

      • AK_PK_Usay says:

        The buffalo game showed us dominating, in OT we had something like 80% puck possession, Miller had a hot game, happens.

        If Hasek can rob a powerhouse Canada team, it can happen for Miller to steal a few games.

        • HabsPEI31 says:

          What game were you watching?! OT???

          And Miller’s been stealing games for Buffalo since 2008.

          “Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through.” – Jacques Plante

  16. punkster says:

    Personally I don’t think they should dress Cammy tonight. I’d like to see if they can get the win without one of their scorers. Good practice for future injury call ups and such.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      Yeah, he does feel rushed, and we’re playing a depleted Penguin team.
      It would show more confidence to not rush him back…

      • sane hockey fan says:

        They did say 10 to 14 days…its been 11. It’s just a cut, I’m sure hes fine.

        • nunacanadien says:

          And Markov just had minor knee injury and look at how we’ve suffered as a result. Cammy has a good point, we need to invest in outer hockey stockings to protect our washed up veterans. It’s kind of like watching the Buffalo Air of hockey teams, where you have old aging veterans falling apart while a bunch of young rookies learn how to work with this aging infrastructure of a team, the habs where old washed up veterans, and spare parts for them are hard to find, so we build a medical clinic to support the team….Bob Gainey, the Joe McBryan of GM’s……hey Bob, there is a world war 2 era hockey vet in the KHL who is just itching to be signed by you, he is less than 6 feet tall and weighs less than 200 pounds!

  17. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Who comes up with the Poll questions? Seriously, how about being supportive and NOT trolling the team 5 games in.

  18. Lafrich says:

    AK46 – DD – MaxPac
    Cammy – Pleks – Eller
    Gionta – Gomez – Cole
    Moen – Palushaj/Enqvist – Darche

    Otherwise JM is insane.

  19. What about these lines?

    AK46 – Deharnais – Pacioretty
    Subban – Gorges

    Eller – Plekanec – Cammalleri
    Gill – Weber

    Cole – Gomez – Gionta
    Diaz – Yemelin

    Moen – Engqvist – Darche
    Price

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      Eller was the best player on the 1st line, i say he deserves a shot at centering, Max Pac and AK, then we can put an end to Eller vs DD, and my money is on eller, all in, double down, car keys on the line.

      • Lafrich says:

        If he was the best player on the 1st line, and he played the wing, why does he have to be a centerman? DD is VERY good too. No need to choose.

      • Pacioretty and Deharnais did very well playing together in Hamilton last season. That’s when Pacioretty started to fill the net. Andre Kostitsyn gives that line another big winger who can thread a neddle on a dime when passing the puck. They showed that skill the other night and Buffalo had a very hard time to match their speed. Cole could be the answer for Gomez and Gionta and call it the USA line. Anything is worth a try and maybe all lines could make Marc Andre Fleury look sick. Habs will come out flying again tonight. Going to miss the game as a result of work. Go Habs Go!!!!

  20. cameronwalker89 says:

    My Lines FWI

    Cole – Pleks – Cammi
    AK46 – Gio – Gomer
    MaxPac – Eller – DD
    Moen – Engqvist – Darche

    Subban – Gill
    Gorges – Yemelin
    Rapha – Weber
    “The day you hear someone call me captain will be the day I buy a boat.”
    -The Flower

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      I would not joggle AK when he’s on a point streak, just common sense, last time they tried to use him to jumpstart Gomer it did jack shit for everyone involved.

      Perhaps you didn’t notice the sweet passes he gave to max…

      Unfortuntely both Gomez and Gionta are in a slump and they need to get out THEMSELVS.

      We dont ruin 2 good lines to try to have 3 soso lines.

      Cammy superPlexxx Cole’train (anyone play gears of war?)
      MaxPac Eller AK

      The rest JM can figure out.

      I really wish diaz and webber would put on 20 pounds of muscle so they wouldnt get pushed around. Otherwise theyre doing great.

  21. avatar_58 says:

    Ok guys I’m coming clean. I haven’t yet put on any of my jerseys. I’m the reason the team stinks.

    So maybe I’ll wear my cammy jersey and see what happens tonight.

    • Rainrocket16 says:

      No, It’s because I traded for Price to be on my Fantasy team.

      • AK_PK_Usay says:

        Habs have 6 new guys in lineup, thats 30%, so you can’t expect them to gel instantly.

        And yet they already gave us two amazing games, so im satisfied. And JM actually said something that made sense, we played well, we have nothing to feel bad for. Good for him.

        PS as many will remember this is a guy i dislike, so at this point i like pretty much everyone on the team!

      • jwhogeveen says:

        I thought it was because I used my last fantasy pick on Gomez believing all that was written and said about a bounce back season. It’s my own pure stupidity ha!
        Cheers

      • HabsPEI31 says:

        I have six Habs on my fantasy team… and would you believe, I dumped Corvo for MAB!

        Can’t find takers for Phaneuf tho…

        I’ll admit, I could have Kessel right now on my F team, and still I’d trade him.

        “Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through.” – Jacques Plante

  22. Rainrocket16 says:

    With Cammy we will win. Isn’t this always the case. Everytime we lose Cammy we start slumping, Our PP suffers. Expect a different outcome tonight!

  23. J Dub says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that, despite not having scored, Gomez has been playing much better this year?

    • Sportfan says:

      Lol i swear you are not i feel the same way yes he hasn’t been getting points but he seems to beplaying better it’s too early in the season to hate on him and the stats. We need to focus on who is playing well and evem if its not on the score sheets as points Gomez is doing well.

      I also want to add yes he is making way to much money but so iis every other freaking hockey player they are making so much money when they shouldnt be

    • sims says:

      i think hes playing decent but have been too scared to say anything on this site. he is finally shooting!!!! no one tried to check gomez last year cause they knew he was never going to shoot

    • avatar_58 says:

      The effort is there, the talent however is not. I actually like Gomez the person I just hate that we’re paying a 3rd liner top 6 money.

      • Bripro says:

        I wouldn’t say as much talent as size.
        He’s definitely skating and shooting more, but I find he’s easily bumped off the puck this year.
        Maybe I didn’t notice it as much last year because he was so invisible.
        If he was earning $3 – 3.5 Million this year, everybody would be happy.

        • avatar_58 says:

          No I firmly believe he’s just not that good. Unfortunately due to his contract he NEEDS to be the #2 center. If he were on the third permanently we wouldn’t have any complaints.

          His money could have been used to fill out the top 6 some more

    • The Cat says:

      But at the end of the day though, first line people got to produce. And I like Gomez too.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • Sakukoivumc11 says:

      WOW, we must be watching different games as I find he stinks and I am scraed everytime he steps on the ice as I know he is going to have brain cramps and screw up !! Other than driving to the net and having a D-man slightly trip him, he is still hanging on the outside, skates by the net instead of stopping and digging for the rebound and finally he still has that stupid stutter step to get going almost hopping like a rabbit !!

      Regardless, we are stuck with him, for now, and let’s hope for the best !

      On a better note, Pacioretty has been a beast so far this year!

      paolo merenda

    • jwhogeveen says:

      Sometimes I think he has it figured out and he’s coming around but then he takes the puck the full length of the ice going 100km/h and then either dumps its to no one in the corner or he skates into the corner and loses it on his own.

      Cheers

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      Gomez has been a lot better than last year (which isnt too hard) but Gionta has been invisible.

  24. habfanacrossthed says:

    my lines if it mattered.
    eller – pleks – cammy
    cole – gomez – gionta
    patches – dd – ak
    moen – engqvist – darche
    pp lines
    patches – pleks – cole
    subban – cammy
    eller – gomez/dd – gionta
    diaz – ak

    GHOD – Go Habs Or Die

  25. G-Man says:

    Let the line switching begin.
    My lines (not that it matters)
    Pleks- Cole- Cammy
    Gio-Gom- Eller
    AK-DD-Pac
    Engqvist- Darche- Moen

  26. Mattyleg says:

    So, Habsolutely declined to help a fellow Hab fan in need, so I’ll put the question out for everyone else.
    Does anyone know how to post a hyperlink on here? As in, text is red, but clickable to a link, rather than posting the link? Used to be soooo easy on the old site.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  27. Sportfan says:

    It’s fantastic news Cammy is one of my favorite players i am glad to have him back :)
    I really hope Plek Cammy and Cole become a dominant line i like Cole a lot and i sure hope he’ll do well this season

  28. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Good news. Even better with a victory. Go Habs!

  29. Neutral says:

    if Cammy is back this would be my lineup for tonights game

    Cammy – Pleks – Cole
    Moen – Eller – Gionta
    Max-Pac – DD – AK
    Darche – Gomez – EngQvist

    • coldness81 says:

      why is eller on your second line?

      • shiram says:

        I’m guessing to have Gomez on the fourth, and to not break up MAxPAc/AK/DD .

        If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

        • coldness81 says:

          well as far as i’m concerned eller is not a second line player. there seems to be a lot of love for the kid. he’s young and might develop into a solid player but i just don’t think he’s there yet at the nhl level. i think it would be really good for him to develop into a 1st 2nd line player in hamilton; however i know a bunch of people around here are going to say he’s too good for the ahl…

          • shiram says:

            That could help him out, but really with the lack of capable centers the Habs have, I don’t see him in the AHL at all, unless some major trades are made. He’ll just have to learn wherever JM fancies to put him.

            If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

          • Mattyleg says:

            Am I really the only one that doesn’t see any meaning in hierarchically numbering lines?
            If our “3rd line” plays more than our “1st line”, doesn’t that make it our new ’1st line’?
            And why do we HAVE to keep lines together, rather than mixing it up when the situation demands it?
            Isn’t flexibility the key to any kind of victory?
            Bend rather than break kind of thing?

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • shiram says:

            I guess it’s mostly a coaching thing, that got passed down to the fans.

            If you don’t grok it, drokk it!

          • Ozmodiar says:

            Agreed with Mattyleg. When the top 3 lines are balanced like this, you shouldn’t put too much weight in the line #.

            Kinda reminds me of Spinaltap.

            “These go to eleven.”

          • Ehabs9 says:

            Not sure I agree with the term balanced, that would entail that they’re all posing a scoring threat and being responsible defensively. I also don’t see the harm in playing Eller with Gionta and Moen, I’ll agree he probably doesn’t have what it takes to play “2nd line minutes” but that really only holds true on a team that has anyone capable, he’s better defensively than Gomez and at least puts in more effort, and god knows he can’t be any worse in the offensive zone.

          • savethepuck says:

            He was far from an AHL player in the Boston series last spring. He was given a lot of critical defensive assignments and performed them well above expectations.

            “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
            Carey Price

          • AK_PK_Usay says:

            Eller has already had many games where he was our best player, if you only look at G and A, that’s your problem.

    • nick says:

      If you think Gomez is going to be on the 4th line, your smoking better stuff than me.

    • Sportfan says:

      Its going to be Moen demoted to the 4th line not Gomez haha Eller will proably be put on the wing.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      I like! Might tweak a bit:
      Moen Darche
      Engqvist Palushaj

    • thrashhab says:

      youd put moen on the second line, and max on the third??

      all hail st.patrick

    • Danno says:

      I like the idea of Gomez being on the fourth line.

      I’d prefer seeing him on the fifth line up at Greyhound station boarding the Hamilton Express.

      ________________________________________

      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  30. PG_doesnt_stand_for_Pierre_Gauthier says:

    Really good news, It’s going to even things out. I’m happy as long as Moen isn’t one a scoring line anymore, JM could try Eller with Gomez and Gionta. I know, I know it sounds like a punishment :-(

  31. OneTimer says:

    awesome news! Go Cammy go, go Habs go!

  32. joshua94k says:

    Cammalleri is back! Let’s hope Martin puts together Cole, Cammalleri and Plekanec together. Cole will be on fire. This team is ready to take off!

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammalleri

  33. In Like Flynn, Gotta Win

    Shane Oliver
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    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    hockey@sholi2000.com
    Ph- 204 724 8418

  34. Bripro says:

    I’m old enough to remember him playing for Saint Louis.
    By then, he had slowed dramatically, but still managed to split the schedule.
    But imagine? 502 consecutive games? That record will never be touched. Good for him!


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