The Calgary Flames fans were excited about the news of the trade. In a deal that sent Rene Bourque to the Montreal Canadiens — along with unsigned 2010 seventh-round pick Patrick Holland and the Flames’ second-rounder in 2013 — the former fan favourite Michael Cammalleri was brought back to the Stampede City.
Michael Cammalleri created controversy in Montreal when he commented that his team had a losing mentality. He was quickly traded by the Montreal Canadiens to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night after questioning the commitment of his peers a day earlier. Cammalleri was pulled out of the Canadiens’ 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins after the second period Thursday and sent back to the team’s hotel. Then Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier informed Cammalleri he was traded back to his old team, the Flames.
On TSN.ca, Cammalleri was quoted as saying, “We prepare for our games like losers. We play like losers. So it’s no wonder why we lose.” Even if that was not an accurate translation, there was no argument that Cammalleri said the Canadiens have “a losing mentality.” However the deal wasn’t a quick reaction by Flames GM Jay Feaster after Cammalleri fell out of favour in Montreal with his controversial comments this week. He informed the press that the deal had been percolating for quite some time and that he had a few conversations with Habs GM Pierre Gauthier before this incident.
However we can all safely assume that the controversial comments were the catalyst for the trade. The Toronto native was also having a bad year and at this stage has only scored 9 goals, quite less for a polific goal scorer.