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Game 43: Habs/Bruins

  • 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?

    Injury

    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.

    Turmoil

    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!!!

  1. #1 Senet1 says:
    January 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I agree Matts, as I and many hockey people have said many times your best players need to be your best players. The only best player on the team that has performed is Price. Our defence has struggled, mainy due to injuries and asking too much of PK to carry the team, it has affected his play and the other young D-men have been forced into duty and playing more than 20+ minutes a game when they should be logging 15 as best. Our best players have either be injuried or just not performing. Part of the negative attitude results from losing close games, part of it results from players like Cammy and Gionta not producing and making up for the rookie mistakes. Part of it has been management and coaching. Part of it has been just dumb luck. However, when I hear a veteran like Cammy make such a statement he should be shouldering part of the blame as one of the leaders of this team, Cammy, Gionta, Gill, Plekanec, Markov Gomez are all responsible for this negative attitude that they have instilled on the younger players on the team. Yes the coaching and Management staff have not helped this attitude either. However, leadership from your best players goes a long way toward fostering a good team attitude. It has been missing this year and the veterans of this team in my opinion ar responsible for it.

  2. So lets discuss rhe trade,

    Cammillier for Bourque

    To me offensively this is pretty even trade, Bourque has consistently score more than 20 goals per season. Cammy is capable of the same although at this point he would have struggled in Montreal to do that for two straigt seasons. Going back on Iginla’s line should help him offensively and he is familiar with some the players on the team.

    Bourque is a bigger body and hopefully this will help us like Cole has helped with more offense and get pushed around less.

    Cap space we win with $2.675,000 cap space difference.
    Bourque’s contract is for this year and two more years Cammy is aaalso for two more years.

    Ramo vs. Holland.
    Ramo is playing in the KHL so he is probably developed a little more than Holland who seems to be a late bloomer. He made the Canadian development camp so for being a 7thj rounder he is progressing nicely. As long as Price is in a habs uniform Ramo will not play much so I see this as a possible even split with slight favour to Calgary.

    Our 5th rounder vs their second rounder. This should be in our favour however, you never know about draft picks until you get them.

    Overall I see this as a pretty even trade, with both teams getting what they need at the moment. What do you guys think.

  3. #3 Senet1 says:
    January 13, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I aam wrong about the contract, Bourque has to extra years.

  4. #4 Senet1 says:
    January 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I think the losing mentality of the team was basically in Cammy mind, there were probably a few other players who are not performing this year who also may feel the same way. But when you look at players like, Eller, Deshamais, PK Cole, Pacioretty, Moan, Emelin, Daiz, Price,Gorges just to name a few, these guys have been playing their heart out while Gomez, Cammy, Gionta to name the major players are playing like they want to be traded. Sorry players who are not getting their way just make excuses why they are not playing well. I think Cunnyworth said it about as good as anyone, if Cammy wants more icetime then he better start playing better so he can earn it. Isn’t that the way Eller and Deschamais earned their extra ice time. To me this is a $6m Sulk.

  5. #5 Avatar37 says:
    January 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    If Kovalev or any Russian had lead our team in scoring during the playoffs, maybe their heart and desire wouldn’t have come into question. Last time I checked, playoff hockey is what matters most, and Cammalleri lead our team both years in points. There’s a difference between a player who does not have heart, desire, and a drive to win, and a player who is slumping and has given up. The first is not fixable, the second is. Your comment indicates that either you selectively wish to ignore Cammalleri’s contributions to this club during the playoffs, or you have no understanding of what heart is.

    Either way, the reports on Bourque aren’t good. A player with size who selectively plays. Sounds an awful like AK, remind me how well he’s been treated in the media and on this board? Not that I mind AK at all, but we’ve now just traded our star winger for another player like him. The moment he takes a few games off, he’ll get roasted in the media, stop playing altogether, and want out of town just like Cammalleri. Sure, the players need to take responsibility for how they play, but at what point do we, as fans, hold the media accountable for their constant roasting of players? At what point do we hold other fans accountable for jumping all over slumping players, because that sure isn’t helping matters any either. If our players are too busy worried about the post game interview and worried about playing in front of their own “fans”, it’s no wonder they can’t play hockey. Who is next to be traded, Plekanec? Gionta? At what point do we say there is a problem not related to the players on our roster that needs addressing?

  6. #6 Senet1 says:
    January 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    But what has he done for us lately!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. #7 Avatar37 says:
    January 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    And that’s the biggest problem for this team. If you’re not getting a hat trick every game, the fans aren’t happy. The expectation is that players never slump, never go through hard times, and if they do then lets boo them because, you know, that will help. Remind me again, where did that get us with Roy? I guess people will never learn, and while we continue to have a loser mentality, we’ll continue to be losers and drive our top players out of town. There’s a reason why stars in the NHL do not want to come play in Montreal, and that is why. “But what has he done for me lately!”

  8. #8 Avatar37 says:
    January 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    It’s one of the reasons Detroit is so successful, they find talented players and find ways of enabling those players to play consistently near the top of their game. Egos don’t get in the way. Until we figure out what the problem in Montreal is and fix it, we’ll consistently have players not living up to their potentials and we won’t win a cup. As I said earlier in the year, you can keep trading players all you want, but bringing players into an environment where they can’t succeed then trading them out instead of fixing the problem isn’t going to win us a cup.

  9. Well I have been a Canadiens fan for 60 years now and Montreal has always been Montreal and fans expect that their players play to win and be productive. They will always be that way, as a Montreal fan, Player and anyone in Management knows if it is too hot then stay out of the Kitchen. We are never going to fix that problem. YOu will never have control of the media, the French fanatics or fans like you or me for having our opinions and expressing them with deep heart felt scenarity. We are pationate fans we love our team and we want it to do well. We have our favour players and always hate to see them traded. I feel your pain and I understand your feelings. Unfortunately, these are things that are out of our control.

    There is only one main problem, Management started with a plan, but the plan got altered due to personal problems with our former GM and the new GM. The management got this team into trouble partly becuase of the salary cap and partly becuase of poor decisions. I expect that any trade the PG makes has to ba approved by Molson and /or Gainey or both.

    Detroit has a good management team in place it is so good they had no room for Yzerman. They also have money behind them that we did not have for a long time until Gillette purchased the team. However, he looked at the team as a way to make more money, and so we have gone full circle back to Molsons.

    Now we need to take a step back and reevaluate and then move forward. So Yes I do expect Gionta to be traded this summer, I also expect Gomez to be moved out one way or another. If PG is gone then I expect Gil and Kaberla to also be moved.Gil by the trading deadline. There also has to be a decision on Markov.

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