Spectors Hockey and LePress – Does Cammalleri want out?

LA PRESSE: Francois Gagnon reported Mike Cammalleri’s “read between the lines” comments in a recent interview suggests the unhappy Canadiens winger might welcome a trade. Gagnon acknowledged Cammalleri’s poor play this season and expensive contract could make him hard to move, he doesn’t consider it impossible, suggesting a team seeking scoring punch, like the San Jose Sharks, might be interested.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree it’s not impossible to trade Cammalleri, but it’s extremely difficult, especially at this point in the season. I doubt the Sharks would have interest in him. It would be a surprising move if the Habs can move Cammalleri before the trade deadline, but if it’s possible, it might be worthwhile to consider it. The Canadiens are slowly sinking, the playoffs appear a growing long shot by the day, and it’s time for this team to shed itself of some expensive veteran contracts and work toward rebuilding around their younger nucleus.

31 Responses to Spectors Hockey and LePress – Does Cammalleri want out?

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Aaaah Yeeeeeah!  The wheels are falling of this wagon! 

    Mr Molson, you've got some firein' to do! 

    As for Cammalleri… hope he included himself in the loser comment.  Dude looked like he was out for a Sunday skate in that game against the Blues.

    Anyhow I'm looking forward to tonight's game.  If it turns out as I hope Molson will be left with no choice but to punt Gauthier or risk having him pull off another hair brained trade to "save the season".  

    Here's to what will hopefully be some belt fed c*ck for the Habs by the Bruins tonight! 

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    Who would be your GM of choice to try and turn the ship around? Do you think that the "need" for french speaking hockey people hurts your team as much as I do?

  3. JoelLeafs says:

    Pfft, on pace for less than 20/30 at 14 mill over the next two seasons. Habs are better to hold on to him, as any team willing to take him would almost certainly be looking for another player/pick as compensation and have to send salary back to les Habitants.

    Tank for 2-3 season till all these awful contracts are off the books. I feel your pain, habs fans.

  4. hockeylegend488 says:

    heres a quote i found online almost lost my breakfast : 

    "We are extremely pleased to have acquired a player of the caliber of Scott Gomez," Montreal GM Bob Gainey said. "He is an outstanding playmaker and an excellent skater. Having won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils, he brings to our team a lot of playoff experience. Scott is an elite player who will certainly contribute to the success of our team for years to come." 
  5. JoelLeafs says:

    @LastPart: ROFLcopter

  6. HABSSTAR says:

    To be honest I haven't an f'n clue who should be the GM.  There's no "saviour" out there in that there's no one who will turn it around in a year or two which I think is still what a lot (maybe not even the majority but a vocal minority) of Habs fans want. 

    I think it will take an outsider to fix the organization.  I love the heritage and the history of the club but when all you do is recycle the past it makes the organization stagnent.  

    I really think the "french" thing is only an issue with a select few members of the press.  Both english and fench.  As both of them play up the story and make it bigger than it is.  It is the minority of fans who demand a french coach or GM.  Most fans just want someone who knows what he's doing and wins/makes smart moves.  But of course those fans don't get the press coverage that the ones calling for a french "must" get.  Since these idiots are louder everyone thinks it's the majority's opinion. 

    I'm Canadien (french-canadian but I hate that term as I refuse to hyphanate myself becasue it denotes to me that I'm not fully Canadian) so yeah, I like seeing Canadien players and staff on the Canadiens.  But I want them to be competent/good players and more importantly you hire/draft the best available talent.  If need be you hire a translator for press conferences for your player/coach/GM.  Winning speaks every language and rest assured that if you're winning Cups no one will give two shakes of the most miniscule rat's ass if all you speak is swahili.  I don't think you should need to speak french in order to be hired if you're the best candidate.  On the other side of this it makes rational sense that if someone plans on being coach/GM long term in Montreal they should learn french it's not that hard.  Much the same way that if someone expects to be coach/GM anywhere else in the league they learn english. 

    Of course anytime you exclude the vast majority of candidates for a position it can't help but hurt the organization.  The best candidate might come from the 20% of population you've restricted yourself to but odds are they're hiding somewhere in the 80% you've ignorantly discounted.   

  7. JoelLeafs says:

    Good points. I especially like your rejection of the French-Canadian term. I am a fully fluent bilingual Canadian, but would never adopt the label either. Francophone isn't bad, but doesn't work in exactly the same context.

    Burke was huge fro the leafs.. Habs need a similar aggressive GM to start a 3-5 year rebuild.

  8. hockey_lover says:

    Great f'n post dude. Seriously.

    Agree with you a bazillion perfect man.

    Good job.

  9. HABSSTAR says:

    Yeah, that's why if I want to make the distinction I say Canadien.  It's funny because up until probably around WWII most Anglophone Canadians considered themselves "Britons" first and actually saw the term Canadian or Canadien as a second class.  — But that's enough for the history on a hockey site.

  10. dumbassdoorman says:

    Absolutely well put…..excellent points……bang on.

  11. THENOTORIOUS says:

     Cammellari and Gomez have to go! As for french speaking coach and Gm I say fk this, this isn't a grammar league, its facken Hockey , most people that want a french coach or GM obviously don't have a Facken clue how hockey works!!! Our last 3 french speakink GM were a Facken joke, Gauthier, Gainey and Houle all did terrible so why do we want more ??? Cunneyworth isn't the one to be blamed and frankly i feel bad for him, I think he might be the best coach the Habs had since Carboneau, he puts together good lines and he's very clear when giving a press conference.

     My question is to all those who demand a frwench speaking coach and/or GM, WHO, Patrick Roy? Maybe but my guess is he doesn't want anything to do with the habs at this point. Who else????????????????

     This is to all those people and media manifesting outside the bell center the other, you can all choke, you guys are the reason the Habs are in such a mess.

     If Mike Bab***** was available tommorow would it be better for the habs to hire another inapt french coach? do you guys want a winning team or a french speaking team that blows?



  12. THENOTORIOUS says:

    I wish the Habs would hire a guy like Burke, He has no fear and would tell all those french media to FaCK right off, plus he isn't scared of telling players what he thinks of them. Brian Burke is the type of GM we need to replace Gauthier! Gauthier looks like hes going to die any minute, he has no emotion and isn't doing anything to shake or make his club better, I mean can any habs fan myself included dare thinking that this is a stanley cup contender???

  13. THENOTORIOUS says:

     i love Burke, hes excitng and made his team better and fast everywhere he went.

  14. leafmeister says:

    Burke for Subban? 

  15. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Generatinal talent for generational talent?

  16. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I love Burke and this is not because I'm a Leafs fan.

    If you remember, prior to Burke, we had the same sort of issue with GM's. Unlike the French thing, our GM's were puppets of the owners. The GM's followed the owners rules and did whatever they said. Well, that blew up in our face big time.

    When Burke was hired, I remember he would only agree to come to TO if this was his team and he had full control with no interference by the owners. How cool is that? Standing up to the TO owners.

    As well, I love how dedicated he is to he sport, how intelligent he is in the game, and how protective he is of his players. For example, yesterday, when he called out players and defended Phaneuf. That's just awesome.

    I like how he has  a vision, he's not really impulsive when it comes to trading because everything falls into his plan. This is why he rarely (Besides KesseL) has gotten raped in trades.

    He's also a great guy, how he accepted his son for being gay and standing up for gay hockey players as well. When his son passed, it was really felt by Leaf nation because of our respect and admiration for Burke.

    Might be rambling on, but most of Leafs nation has a guge respect for Burke and I think this is the great guy.

  17. HABSSTAR says:

    Well looks like the Habs can "read between the lines".  See ya later Mike!

    Pulled after the second and sent to the hotel, the hotel that the team will not be returning to, to await further instruction. 

    Now it's just to see if this was a "Gauthier special".  That will be easy enough as we'll just have to wait and see if the return is a defenceman or not.

  18. HABSSTAR says:

    Word from RDS is that he's on his way to Calgary.  God please not for Jokinen or Jay Bow..

    Maybe Rene Bourque? LOL

  19. HABSSTAR says:

    Also getting reports of Columbus for Brassard…isn't that guy hurt? 

  20. HABSSTAR says:

    L'Antichambre confirming he's off to Calgary… Jesus, not JayBow or Jokinen… I'm gonna be sick.

  21. HABSSTAR says:

    L'Antichambre confirming he's off to Calgary… Jesus, not JayBow or Jokinen… I'm gonna be sick.

  22. Steven_Leafs says:

    Eklund says Bourque coming back to Montreal. If it is a straight up 1-for-1 this is a steal.

  23. HABSSTAR says:

    That's what RDS is reporting they are getting initial feed back as it being.  What's his cap hit? 

  24. HABSSTAR says:

    Cams, Ramo, 5th for Bourque, Prospect, 2nd in 2013.  I'm pretty happy with that.

  25. Steven_Leafs says:

    2012 5th round pick


    2013 2nd round pick

    HUGE win for Montreal. I'm a bit surprised. Calgary must have been very desperate to get a role player like Cammalleri.

  26. HABSSTAR says:

    Hey, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.  I'm maintaining my want for Gauthier to be fired unless he pulls off several more of these trades. 

  27. albertateams says:

    I don't think its a huge win for Montreal, maybe a slight edge at best. 

    Both players are under preforming often injured players that were in the dog house for the former teams. Cammalleri is younger has a shorter term higher cap hit. Bourque lower hit longer term. The only advantage I really see is the 2nd round pick, which I don't think Calgary should have parted with.
    I just don't see a big benefit to either team its not going to change the fact that they are both missing the playoffs. 
    I hope both players can turn it around. Cammy was great for the Flames the one year he was there. One can hope he can rekindle that flame.
  28. thisgamewelose says:

    I always thought Ramo was underrated. Hoping he finds some success.

  29. albertateams says:

    First step is getting him back to North America. Would love to give him a shot at the back up job and see how he does.

  30. reinjosh says:

    Apparently he didn't want to be backup up to Price, he wanted a shot at number one. Not sure if that would still apply in Calgary or not. Hopefully the idea that Kipper is older and more likely to leave soon entices him.

  31. albertateams says:

    I would think so. Having a guy that is younger than you and the face of franchise limits upward mobility. A year or two behind Kipper who has been the gold standard for Finnish goalies the last decade might be attractive, but I'm just speculating. 

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