In a season that has been defined by injury and turmoil – what would a match against the Bruins be without a little added injury and turmoil?
Brian Gionta has (most likely) been lost for the year as he has a torn bicep muscle that will require surgery. Gionta will finish his season having contributed just 15 points to the Canadiens in what should be considered by all as a complete disaster of a season for the diminutive player who will turn 33 in less than a week. Gionta has played 31 games this season – but he has been hampered by injury almost all season long – which has limited his effectiveness in the ice-time that he did see. I would expect that not only will Michael Blunden remain with the team for the foreseeable future, but Louis Leblanc will probably return to Montreal should any other injuries befall the Habs squad.
Michael Cammalleri spoke up after the Habs’ last loss to the St Louis Blues, saying essentially that the Canadiens’ losing attitude was at the heart of the team’s struggles this season. This quote was given to Francois Gagnon of La Presse and screams out as something that may have been misinterpreted or translated poorly before being seized upon by the national news media. Maybe.. Maybe not.
Ultimately I agree with Cammalleri. The Habs have been pretty terrible this season – and much of this is due to the fact that the teams most important players have been hurt – or lost their offensive mojo. The problem of course with his assertion, is that Cammalleri himself has struggled to find any kind of offensive or physical consistency this season. It has been noted many times on this blog that Cammalleri has looked lethargic at times on the ice. His play has been enigmatic at best. In fact, if Michael Cammalleri were Russian – there would be people talking about his heart.
Until the veterans on Montreal’s squad start to play up to the salaries that they are paid the team will continue to struggle. Whether or not the team needs an attitude adjustment is something that those of us outside the locker room cannot know. You certainly cannot blame the losing skids on players like Desharnais, Eller, Pacioretty, Subban or Price. The youth of this team would be an incredible benefit if the highest paid players were playing up to their offensive capabilities. There is no hiding the fact that if Cammalleri or Gionta is on pace for a season similar to their career years – we wouldn’t be talking about the team’s struggles.
Bruins huh? This should be fun.
GO Habs GO!!!