Trade rumblings: Habs move Cammalleri

Trade rumblings: Habs move Cammalleri; B’s, Devils, Wild have tough decisions

The NHL trade deadline got an early jump Thursday night with the Montreal Canadiens shipping outspoken winger Mike Cammalleri to the Calgary Flames.

Just a day after spouting off about his frustrations with the way the team was playing, Cammalleri was gone.

Was it a rash move by embattled Habs GM Pierre Gauthier?

Consider this: One NHL GM told Thursday night he wished he would have known Cammalleri was available because he had some interest in the player.

Whether or not the Canadiens informed a lot of teams, the Flames say this deal was not done overnight.

“It’s been percolating for quite some time, we’ve been having a lot of conversations,” Flames GM Jay Feaster told reporters in Calgary after the deal was announced.

The Habs also dealt goalie Karri Ramo and a fifth-round pick in 2012 in exchange for forwards Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a second-round pick in 2013.

The Flames got the better player in Cammalleri, but the Habs will save cap space; Bourque has a $3.3 million yearly cap hit, while Cammalleri is at $6 million.

Will the trade spark more moves? Another NHL GM told before this trade that he thought the chatter had more volume this early on compared with other years.

22 Responses to Trade rumblings: Habs move Cammalleri

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Well the GM who told ESPN must be the dullest/laziest GM in the business.  How, with the struggling that Montreal has been doing, would he assume that pretty much any player (maybe not Price) wasn't available? 

    I like the deal, but I don't like what Gauthier said afterwards in that he hasn't given up on the playoffs yet.  This puts me on high alert for some totally retarded move he will likely make. 

    Please, please Mr Molson, end this guy'us mad ways before it's way to late and we end up trading away our 1st, 2nd and 3rd to the Rangers for a contract extension on Gomez. 

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think it is a better trade for Mtl. then people think, though some say rene wanted out of Cgy, which should be of some concern. I in noway thought with his contract and injuries mtl would receive a return like that fo cammy.

  3. reinjosh says:

    After my initial reaction adding more hits to the cap, I'm growing to like this deal. However there is one big thing I don't like about this deal.

    Trading for Cammalleri almost guarantees that Feaster isn't looking to do a rebuild. I had been suspecting this for a while and now I think that Feaster is pretty clear on this. He has no desire to do a rebuild. I'm not a big fan of this. 
    Calgary has a pretty big need to add to the prospect department. Cammalleri does make this team a little young and at 29 he could be a part of a quick turn around build. Feaster needs to be machiavellian about this and not focus on making the playoffs this year. He needs to see that as only icing on the cake. He needs to try and improve the future of this team and do it soon.
    He needs to drop Stajan somehow, just dump him in the minors. Trade guys like Babchuk, Moss, Stempniak, Morrison and potentially think about moving Backlund, Butler if it makes sense. It would be great if they could drop in the standing and get a top 10 pick. Feaster actually has a decent offense, at least potentially, built around Tanguay, Cammy, Iggy, Glencross. It's top heavy though and he needs to add some scoring depth and some youth. Girodano and Bouwmeester make a decent, not great, but decent start on the back end. Adding depth and youth would help that too.
    I really think he needs to look at moving Kipper. He could get a bluechipper for him, maybe a first, and cap space would be a good thing to get as well. Maybe look to Columbus and see if they would do it for their 2nd plus…
  4. dumbassdoorman says:

    Say like Kipper for clb 2nd & Brassard…that might not be a bad trade you know?

  5. reinjosh says:

    Yeah I'd probably do that. Maybe a prospect coming from Columbus as well. 

  6. albertateams says:

    I'd look to Tampa in the offseason. Kipper's NMC expires this summer so there are some options out there for sure.

    Completely agree about needing to move some of the redundant UFA's. Getting healthy is a must for that to happen though.

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    hmmmm, I bet feaster would love to get one over so to speak on his old team….and nobody really knows what kinda trader Yzerman is….i would bet flames fans would want Ashton as part of the deal

  8. albertateams says:

    I'd love Ashton, Connolly or Namstnikov as part of the deal along with other pieces.


     I Have to say, I like this trade, Bourque is big and is a 20 goal scorer plus we got a 2nd rounder, pretty good, Hopefully more trade coming like Gauthier said.

     next is Kaberle, Campoli, Gill, Moen and maybe even Subban, After last night games i really start to dislike Subban, he has a lot of talent but its the way he acts during fights and after plays like after the hit on Krejchi yesterday.

     Maybe some of you guys dont think that these guys have much value but a lot of teams who want to make it far in the playoffs will look at Gill and Moen.

     I just hope that they resin Kostitsyn very soon.

  10. dumbassdoorman says:

    I guess it depends on what other pieces you want as to the prospect you may get in the package…..wonder what Kipper would fetch, i feel unlike other he is a high end/ elite goalie.

  11. dumbassdoorman says:

    Nah, all of those guys have value, some just more than others. Meon to me holds the most value to other teams, proven playoff guy. Lafleur will hate you wanna trade Pk outta there. Though I agree he is a boderline drama queen.

  12. MystifoLeafs says:

    if were talking about Tampa and I am Calgary I would ask about Kucherov. Guy has huge potential and would look great with say Yakupov or Grigorenko. 

  13. MystifoLeafs says:

    Gill holds some value to say Philly. He has a history of preforming well in the playoffs.

  14. albertateams says:

    You could through Kucherov in there as well, personally I would prefer Connolly.

    The chances of Calgary drafting in the top 5 to get one of those guys is pretty much dead unless something drastic happens.

  15. THENOTORIOUS says:

    two year in a row Montreal had the best PK in the playoffs and still this year after the kind of season they're having the habs are still 3rd on the PK, mostly due to Gill, Moen and Plekanec.

     I bet the Habs could get a 2nd rounder for Gill at the deadline.

  16. lafleur10 says:

    i think it's a definate possibilty to get that for gill

  17. THENOTORIOUS says:

     Hey Lafleur, what do you think of trading Subban? If we can get something good coming back our way. I think its possible packaging something for maybe Getzlaf or Ryan or maybe some other big forward?

     With the addition of Bourque the Habs are starting to get bigger on the wings, Pacio, Cole, Kostisyn and Bourque are all big and pretty damn fast skaters.

     I just hope Gauthier or whoever else is the GM by trade deadline keeps on making trades for picks and prospects,plus imagine drafting in the top five! with an iminent lockout coming i don't even think that the habs will need to buyout gomez,after trading Cammalleri the habs have now around 8.2 millions of cap space but I would trade Moen, Campo, Gill, Darche and like i said maybe even Subban, I think he became a problem, fighting with Weber, Plekanec and Pacioretty plus personally i think hes a coward after watching the game after Florida and Boston.

     What do you think of Emelin, I facken love this guy.

  18. lafleur10 says:

    meh NOTORIOUS i don't like the idea of trading subban yeah he plays with a chip on his shoulder and fought a few of his team mates but he's clearly the most talented defenceman we've had since chelios and you just don' trade guys like that! but i like that it took until now to realize that we needed to get bigger and it's finally happening i think we'll be drafting in the top 5 regardles i think if we can't yakupov we should draft 6"3 filip forsbeerg as our future #1 center

  19. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Filip Forsberg is a winger…

  20. lafleur10 says:

    he was listed as a center at the world junior championships

  21. lafleur10 says:

    thanks for this like i said at the wjc's they had him listed as a center  but i saw that he is a winger,none the less i'd take him in a heartbeat if we can't get yakupov !

  22. HABSSTAR says:

    I agree that Subban is one of the most naturally gifted guys I've seen in Montreal in a long time.  The problem with him is that apparently his team mates are the only guys he will fight… 

    I'm not asking him to go out every game and fight, but for f*ck's sake at least don't rag doll on the ice like you did with Ferrance.  There's a big red flashing warning light that's telling me there's something wrong with a guy who is willing to look like that big of a tool in front of his own bench.  Maybe we need to hire a guy like Chelios as the D coach so he can hopefully have a little chat (spear) Mr Subban.  

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