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Final thoughts on Cammalleri, Habs-Sens

The Habs face the Sens tonight. I said they had to win 2 of 3 on Thursday, and they lost to Boston, so this is it. Win today, win tomorrow, or I really think the playoff chase is out of gas. We won’t know for sure until, in my opinion, the end of January, but this team is running on fumes, and a win tonight would help move it forward at least a little bit.

As for Mike Cammalleri, here are my final thoughts:

Cammalleri made his comments. Whatever. They were honest, and a breath of fresh air in today’s predictable “110%” quote world of professional sports. Cammalleri is an intelligent guy - he’s got a degree, one of few in the NHL who has one - and I suspect his talent, combined with his intellect, rubs some of his teammates the wrong way. He was often the centre of attention - who hasn’t worked with someone smarter, and more successful, that they were at least somewhat jealous of? That’s where the comments after the trade have come from, and that, I suspect, is why he supposedly had trouble getting on with some teammates.

Remember, folks, a hockey team is just like an office: there are leaders, followers, nice people, jerks, and idiots the like. Sometimes people don’t get along. But most successful companies have selfish, self-absorbed successful people working for them.

Anyhow, that’s my take. I’m sure Rene Bourque will be a great team guy, and he may replace Cammalleri’s goals. But the way this trade down was ridiculous, from start to finish. It left a team desperate for wins playing 10 forwards against the NHL’s best team in a one goal game. Who plans that way?

I’ll tell you who: the Montreal Canadiens, circa 2012. This season was weird. It just got weirder, and comically.

Let’s see what tonight brings. On with the show!

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The Habs have no shot tonight. The season is over. The only thing we have to look forward to is watching the carnage of this organization self-destructing before our very eyes.

Posted by BlackXinu on 01/15/12 at 10:11 AM ET

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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