He's going back to Calgary... Calgary... Calgary... He's going back to Calgary... Hmm, I don't think so.
A highly unusual situation arose last night as Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri, who had recently complained through the media about the state of the Habs, was pulled off the ice during last night's game and traded to the Calgary Flames for winger Rene Bourque, a prospect and a draft pick. Does this move signal the official kickoff of the NHL trading season?
Whether or not that's the case, this move has fans in both cities and around the NHL talking about what might end up being a lose-lose deal all around...
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