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from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Mike Cammalleri was one of 100 or so NHL players on a conference call with the players association earlier this week, consensus largely shared amongst the participants.
"What can I tell you, guys unanimously feel the same way about it and the feeling guys are saying is they've offered us nothing," said the Flames winger, following an hour-long workout with a group of peers at a midtown Toronto rink. "It just really feels like a shakedown for the players. That's kind of the feeling across the board."...
"It's disappointing that the approach for Gary [Bettman] and the ownership group has been to make these hard dates and final offers and not budging and on and on," said Cammalleri. "There's no real answer to why except 'We think we can lock you out and your careers are short and we can shake you down'. Not a good feeling."
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Told #Canadiens Cammalleri has been pulled off ice for 3rd period by team. Also told he is not hurt. A trade could possibly be in the works
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Reports are that MTL has pulled Cammalleri out of the game, put him in cab to team hotel to await further instructions. Trade is possibility
added 9:30pm, another tweet from McKenzie,
Mike Cammalleri has been told he’s been traded. Doesn’t know where yet.
added 9:45pm, via Lyle Richardson tweet,
Cammalleri traded back to Calgary Flames
added 9:51pm, McKenzie again,
A Montreal player says Cammalleri has been traded to CGY for Rene Bourque. Wait to see what else is involved.
CALGARY, AB—The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired former Flame centre Michael Cammalleri, goaltender Karri Ramo and a 5th round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a 2nd pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
“Mike Cammalleri is a dynamic player who enjoyed great success playing in Calgary,” stated Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We believe Cammalleri will help our offensive production, solidify a second scoring line, bolster our power play, and bring another strong veteran voice to our room. We are confident that a return to Calgary will be good for Mike and good for our continued pursuit of a playoff berth.”
Also changed the headline to reflect the trade.
After a day where a lot was said, the Habs speak up about their star sniper speaking out.
Following the Habs’ Wednesday morning practice in Brossard, Michael Cammalleri expressed his frustration to a few members of the Montreal media regarding the team’s performance in 2011-12. By the time Wednesday evening rolled around, Cammalleri’s words had become the focus of a city equally frustrated by a hockey season plagued with injuries, coaching controversies and a lack of production. The Canadiens took the opportunity Thursday in Boston to clear the air and set the record straight.
“Yesterday was a little bit crazy,” began Cammalleri, addressing the throng of media surrounding his stall in the visitor’s dressing room in Boston. “I’m obviously not happy. It’s an emotional game and we’re sitting in 12th spot. It’s not fun to lose, you always want to win and you always want to do more.
“I made some comments after my interview yesterday,” continued Cammalleri, who for his part has registered an uncharacteristically low total of nine goals after 37 games this season. “I thought they were pretty PC comments regarding the competitive advantage a winning team has in their mentality, and the lack thereof of a losing team. I didn’t think it was ground-breaking news.”
From Bill Beacon of the CP via the Globe & Mail:
Montreal Canadiens sniper Michael Cammalleri says having superstar Sidney Crosby speak out about headshots will help other NHL players voice opinions on what used to be a taboo subject.
“What the immediate effect is for me is that it allows other players now to come out and say ‘OK, it’s not uncool to say what I really believe, and that I’m not a soft player because I don’t think we should have headshots. I’m not a player a general manager won’t want on his team. I’m now going to voice that opinion,“’ Cammalleri said Wednesday as the Canadiens gathered for their annual charity golf tournament.
“I think it’s very good of Sid to be able to do that. He’s under a big microscope, the biggest in our game, and I commend him for doing that. I think that it’s important that we don’t be ignorant to what’s going on in our game.”
“I try to stay hydrated and use different things that kind of give you the minerals and vitamins you need. I’ve never been in that situation myself, but a few guys do it. It doesn’t look too pleasant.
“I’m no MD, so I’m not going to be like Mark Recchi and diagnose the other team.”
-Mike Cammalleri of the Montreal Canadiens when asked if he has experienced dehydration. More from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog.
With Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges out for the season, the Montreal Canadiens must now get used to life without Jeff Halpern, for at least a few days, and Mike Cammalleri, for probably a month. A few reinforcements are on the way, in the form of Andreas Engqvist and Ryan White, but winning teams generally aren’t made of reinforcements.
The infirmary is buzzing. The Bulldogs are coming. Can the Habs weather the storm? A few observations.
That was a gutsy Buffalo win last night (2-1 in overtime) over division rival Montreal. There was a whole lot of hitting, yapping, pushing and shoving going on. Why we don’t see more of this nasty attitude from the Sabres is the subject of another conversation.
Having a threat like Mike Cammalleri off the ice for most of the game certainly made the task less formidable, but beggars can’t be choosers. And let’s not forget that Buffalo was missing its most potent point getter (Derek Roy, 35 points in 35 games) and goal scorer (Drew Stafford, 15 goals in 30 games). Stafford suffered a groin injury early, and it looks like he’s going to miss some time.
Great move by coach Lindy Ruff breaking up the Tyler Myers-Andrej Sekera pairing on the blue line. The 20-year old Calder Trophy winner seems better off with a stay at home veteran as his defense partner. Ruff felt that way during training camp when he originally played Shaone Morrisonn with Myers, but a poor start by the free agent acquisition put a damper in those plans. Let’s see if it sticks this time.
Big sigh of relief that Max Pacioretty is going to be OK after a scary moment when he took a slap shot to the chest. Forgive me if my heart rate shooting up from being terrified upon first seeing it was an overreaction, but it’s partly the fault of having a selective memory. Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik can attest to the fact that Buffalo can be a pretty risky place to play sometimes.
Things probably won’t be much more pleasant for the Sabres on Thursday when they play in Boston. Whatever they put in their pasta yesterday should be bottled up and brought with them on the trip.
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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Herald,
Now fully healthy, Cammalleri had a great meal with a couple of old friends Sunday night.
He got together with Flames Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy and gossiped as much as the Montreal media.
“I got the full Hotstove. I got all the scoops. I can tell you guys everything that’s going on,” he said with a smile.
He didn’t reveal any specifics, of course, but said the meeting of the minds was just like old times. The three of them are similar when it comes to passion for the game, but that’s where similarities end.
“Those are my two dinner buddies, so it was right back into the old mix. The first five minutes there are kind of like pleasantries because you haven’t seen each other for a little while. After that, it’s a lot of opinionated banter back and forth and not much agreeing with each other,” Cammalleri said.
The discussion topic?
“Hockey,” he said. “All three of us are GMs, owners, players, coaches and media all at once.
“It was just like old times.”
Mid-game against the Bruins, an entertaining affair that has Boston up 2-0, and now we learn Mike Cammalleri is gone for the night with an injury. Not good. Cammalleri. Josh Gorges. Andrei Markov. A hobbling Roman Hamrlik. How much more of this can the Habs take before they’re sunk? They seem be have turned things around the last week, after a fairly porous seven game stretch. But can they really continue at their current level missing so many important bodies?
The best news so far tonight is that Benoit Pouliot and David Desharnais really do look as if they’re developing some chemistry. But that’s not going to be enough to offset the losses of people like Markov, Cammalleri and Gorges.
Hamrlik, well, ok, they can probably absorb that. Although he is back and playing through the pain tonight. Good for him.
10:25 PM: Elliotte Friedman has reported via Twitter that Cammalleri, according to Jacques Martin, left the game because he was ill. If true, this is good news for Habs fans. Oh, and what an end to that hockey game!
Interesting day on the farm in Habsland. Max Pacioretty, in a radio interview with Tony Marinaro of the Team 990, expanded on an RDS article that noted he’d rather stay in the AHL for the season than be called up to Montreal. Many interpret his comments as a slight against Jacques Martin, as he noted that former coach Guy Carbonneau gave him lots of confidence by reassuring him and working with him, yet under Martin every time he made a mistake he ended up on the fourth line.
Pacioretty commented that it is better for his development to play second line in Hamilton, even if he stays for the full year, than it is to play fourth line in Montreal. And you know what? That’s refreshing. Too often guys think they deserve to be in the NHL from the start, but as we know most need seasoning. For the record, Pacioretty and former college roommate Aaron Palushaj are tearing up Hamilton in the early going, with 12 points in ten games and nine points in five games respectively.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
There are two reasons why nobody should be surprised that Michael Cammalleri has drawn a suspension for delivering a high stick to the face of New York Islanders player Nino Niederreiter, followed by a two-hander to the back of the rookie’s leg.
The first: NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell judged Cammalleri’s irrational meltdown sufficiently dangerous to get him on the telephone to explain his side of it.
The second: Whenever Campbell has a one-on-one with a player, it’s not a matter of “if” -but for how long.
Know something? Yesterday was Cammalleri’s lucky day. When Campbell gets you on the telephone, the suspension is almost always anywhere from three to five games.
Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri has been suspended for one game for an incident involving New York Islanders player Nino Niederreiter in NHL pre-season game #92 on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Cammalleri will forfeit $32,258.06. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The Montreal Canadiens will be without Mike Cammalleri on Thursday night when they open the season against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cammalleri was suspended for an incident that took place in the Canadiens’ final pre-season game Saturday night against the New York Islanders. More from the NHL.com release:
via the CP at TSN,
Montreal Canadiens winger Michael Cammalleri was ejected from a pre-season game Saturday night for a nasty slash to the ankle of New York Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter.
Cammalleri, one of Montreal’s top scoring forwards, was handed a slashing major and a game misconduct at 16:52 of the second period at the Pepsi Colisee and may face further discipline.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In the midst of the mayhem that is playoff hockey, Mike Cammalleri is an island of order.
Look at his sticks and they are neatly numbered. He’s up to 85 on the season now.
Look at his skates and they, too, are numbered. He’s on pair No. 7 now.
Not superstitious, just ordered.
“Now I know these are No. 7s, so I don’t mix up this right one with a left one that’s not, you know what I mean? It’s that simple,” he said. “I’ll score a goal with a stick, and if the other one feels better the next period, I’ll use it. It’s all feel.”
If you went to his condominium, there would be order there, too.
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
His team has failed to score and is 0-for-8 on the power play, but he swears his confidence is not wavering as the series shifts to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Cammalleri spoke with the media after his team’s latest loss.
Q: Do you feel you guys are generating enough chances?
Cammalleri: “We probably generated more than them tonight. That’s sports, man. That’s how it goes. Sometimes they don’t go in like you’d like them to. But we live to fight another day.”
Q: You guys clearly outplayed in the first period and were outshooting them 2-to-1. Are you creating enough traffic in front of Leighton?
Cammalleri: “He’s played well for them and they’ve done some things well. I’m not going to say they haven’t. Tonight, I thought we did a lot better job. I thought we were pretty good. We created some good chances and had some Grade-A type scoring chances where we’d like to finish. I don’t know really what else to say about that. We just keep going here and get ‘em at home.”
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Watch Mike Cammalleri the next time he scores a goal.
It won’t be a one-man celebration. He’ll skate straight to his teammates first or wait for them to join him so they can celebrate as a team. It’s what he learned from his parents growing up in Richmond Hill, playing hockey for the AAA Toronto Red Wings and going to The Country Day School in King City.
“That was our philosophy,” says Craig Clarke, Cammalleri’s coach for five years from minor atom on in the Red Wings organization. “We had a reputation of being an ultimate team. And Mike focused on what had to be done, not on what had just been done.”
Cammalleri talked about there being a “Toronto” way to play hockey when his Montreal Canadiens, with fellow GTA natives P.K. Subban (Rexdale), Glen Metropolit (Regent Park) and Dominic Moore (Thornhill) all contributing significantly to the Habs’ playoff victory over Pittsburgh.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Michael Cammalleri (he told reporters in Montreal on Monday he prefers it to Mike, but really doesn’t care) has been on fire with eight postseason goals, one off the league lead as of Monday morning. He has scored in six of nine postseason games, including two goals in the Habs’ big 3-1 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday that tied the series at 1.
It’s a stark change from a year ago, when Cammalleri had one goal in six games for Calgary in a first-round loss to Chicago….
The 5-foot-9 forward said he doesn’t really understand the idea that the size of the Habs’ small forwards, often referred to as “Smurfs,” would be a factor in the playoffs.
“It’s hockey,” Cammalleri said. “The puck’s on the ice. Sometimes I don’t understand that notion. It’s not basketball where the net’s 10 feet in the air, but what can I tell you?”
Mike Cammaller will have an MRI on his leg and resuls won’t be known until Monday, but it sure doesn’t look good for him.
Let the video play, you’ll see multiple angles at the end.
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News has a nice chat with Mike, who discusses what it will be like playing for Montreal.
According to Sportsnet’s trade tracker, Mike Cammalleri has been signed by the Montreal Canadiens for 5 years, $6 million per year.
Update 8:07 pm ET: From the Canadiens—
The Habs weren’t the only NHL team trying to woo the shifty winger, who is coming off a career year with the Flames that saw him notch a career-high 39 goals and 82 points this past season.
“There were about four or five teams interested, but Bob Gainey showed interest right away,” admitted Cammalleri. “I’ve got a ton of respect for Bob Gainey and Jacques Martin. The Canadiens wanted me and showed me the commitment I was looking for.”
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Dropped into a slippery series hole, frustrated by otherworldly netminding, playoff light growing ever dimmer, Michael Cammalleri insisted he isn’t depressed.
He feels…well . . . fortunate. Blessed even.
“Our mindset is—we better thank our lucky stars that we’re good enough to beat anybody, even down two-oh,” Cammalleri said Saturday after the Calgary Flames fell 3-2—again—to the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League’s first-round series. “We’re not a team that’s going to get buried. We’ve made it hard on ourselves. We would have liked for that not to have happened . . . but thank goodness this group is confident enough to beat anybody.
“We’ve got five games left—we have to get four wins.”
Mike Cammalleri delivers a right forearm/elbow to the head of Martin Havlat.
from George Johnson at ESPN,
“I like it here. I enjoy the city. This is a contending team and should be for quite a while. What’ll happen? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”
Cammalleri is being coy. But the Cammy Quandary is the hot topic in Calgary these days. It seems as if he has just arrived, yet already is preparing to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. On short notice, the University of Michigan product has become one of the most popular players in a town that reveres its hockey stars like Aztec gods.
But there is bad that goes with the good. He should by all rights turn in that 13 stitched on the back of his sweater for a “$$.” Every time Cammalleri scores another goal, the sound you hear in the distance is his personal cash register going ka-ching!.
That bittersweet sound must be driving GM Darryl Sutter slightly mad.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
When the Flames acquired Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings, they understood there was a chance they might only keep him for one year, at which point he could leave as an unrestricted free agent (and with the dollars tied up in Kiprusoff, Iginla and Dion Phaneuf, there may not be a lot left over for Cammalleri).
It doesn’t mean they’ll trade him either.
The reality is this: If you’re a good team, and this year, Calgary is a good team, you don’t trade an important puzzle piece just because your chances of re-signing him next year may be negligible.
more and numerous NHL topics discussed…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“We had guys, to be quite honest, after March 1 we didn’t know they were on our team any more — and they were pretty high-profile guys,” Sutter said bluntly. “From a personnel standpoint, I think we’ve lacked those tough-area guys the last couple of years, which nobody talks about. Everybody wants to talk about skill. We went to more skill after the lockout; and we had more skill, but maybe we didn’t have enough of a compete level at the top end of our team.
“I think we can work with these [new] guys. They want to play here. They’re good-sized kids who can skate and score dirty goals. I like that about them.”
Cammalleri saw the move to Calgary as an opportunity for a fresh start.
from Steven Noble of the Calgary Sun,
Mike Cammalleri has taken his Italian heritage and his family’s tomato sauce with him wherever he’s gone.
Now the new Flames sniper is looking forward to bringing it to Calgary—along with his goal-scoring touch.
“My dad has two brothers so those families and our family would all go to my grandparents’ house, we’d get 20 bushels of tomatoes and go in the garage from eight in the morning until six at night,” he says, recalling one of his favourite traditions.
from Inside the Kings,
Q: If you had to wager a guess; are you a member of the Los Angeles Kings next season?
Cammalleri: I would think so. My contract says that I am and I haven’t heard otherwise.
Q: Do you want to be back?
Cammalleri: I definitely want to be a King. It will be interesting to see what we do.
via the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have activated forward Michael Cammalleri from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Cammalleri, 25, has missed the last 17 Kings games due to a rib injury. He has played in 36 games this season and has 29 points (15-14=29). His 15 goals rank third on the team, 29 points rank fifth and nine power play goals rank second (tied with Anze Kopitar).
Derek Armstrong and Mike Cammalleri were on the Carson Daly show last night, (though it might have been a rerun? I’m not sure). Anyway, here’s their appearance, including an entertaining revelation about Armstrong at about the 5 minute mark that might keep you from inviting him over for dinner…
Thanks to a KK reader for sending the link…
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Quick, name the NHL’s leading goal-scorer heading into the weekend.
Rick Nash? Nope. Dany Heatley? Nope. Alexander Ovechkin? Nope.
Try Mike Cammalleri. The diminutive Los Angeles Kings forward has 10 goals in 11 games, but you’d be hard-pressed to find too many hockey fans who knew that. Despite leading the Kings in scoring last season with a career-high 80 points (34-46) in 81 games, Cammalleri doesn’t seem to get the notoriety he deserves around the league.
from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,
Who would’ve believed:
Mike Cammalleri of the LA Kings would be the league’s leading goal scorer? As of this writing he leads all scorers with ten goals. He’s an emerging talent and could be poised to become a big star. Right now, he’s outshining teammates Anze Kopitar and Alex Frolov, as well as more big name “snipers” like Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, and Alexander Ovechkin.
more would you have believed…