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Adieu, Michael Cammalleri

Initial thoughts? Terrible trade. Cammalleri was one of the few free agents in recent years to have a real desire to play in Montreal. He loved the pressure. He upped his game when it mattered. He also spoke his mind. Apparently, that got him traded.

I don’t believe Pierre Gauthier when he says these talks went on for a month. This happened quickly. It was a quick reaction. And it was a mistake.

Rene Bourque can’t skate anymore. He’s certainly not a sniper like Cammalleri. And he’s not an impact forward. This is a severe downgrade. Sure, Montreal saves some cap room - but they used that same cap room on Tomas Kaberle four weeks ago. This makes no sense.

To me, this reeks of desperation. It reeks of trying to placate a fan base upset with other issues. The French media made a mountain out of Cammalleri’s comments in the past 48 hours.

Cammalleri is a scapegoat. Plain and simple.

So, welcome to Montreal Rene Bourque. Hope you enjoy it. I have read that you speak un tres petit peu Francais. That’ll come in handy. I just hope that’s not the reason you were acquired.

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Da lil Guy's avatar

Yeah, they might have had discussions but it’s hard to accept that this was just the culmination of talk when the player is traded during a game.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 01/13/12 at 01:52 AM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

One thing this trade does do is give the Canadiens a bit of size.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 01/13/12 at 01:58 AM ET

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Gauthier is done.

Posted by BlackXinu on 01/13/12 at 08:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, they need someone with some brass balls running that team.  Gauthier is a friggin’ softie.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/13/12 at 09:00 PM 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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