After playing the first two periods in Montreal’s game against the Boston Bruins, Cammalleri was apparently told not to come back on the ice and was sent to the team hotel instead. The rumours started to flow about where he was going. Louis Jean, with Sportsnet in Montreal, broke the news that this he was headed back to Calgary via Twitter. He followed it up with another tweet indicating that Rene Bourque is going the other way.
Shortly afterwards, the Calgary Flames made it official and confirmed that Cammalleri was, indeed, coming back to the Calgary Flames.
Here are the details: The Flames get centre Michael Cammalleri, goaltending prospect Karri Ramo and a 5th round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The Montreal Canadiens get forwards Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a 2nd pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
This is the best news I’ve had all day. I am a huge Cammalleri fan and was very sad when Flames GM Darryl Sutter didn’t re-sign him. Instead, we replaced him with Olli Jokinen’s huge salary and under-achieving play. It’s taken a few years, but Olli has now redeemed himself, especially now that his salary is sooo much less.
While I enjoyed watching Rene Bourque play in a Flames uniform, his inconsistent play left something to be desired. I don’t have any ill feelings towards Rene and wish him the best of luck on his new team.
Flames (or Habs) fans… what do you think of this trade? Leave a comment below.