Friday's notes: Mid-game Montreal/Calgary trade has NHL talking

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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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Habs deal Cammalleri to Flames: Let the deconstruction begin. - Habs Eyes On The Prize
What an odd, odd trade. Montreal ships a disgruntled player out of town and downgrades their talent level. Yes, they end up shearing about $3 million in cap space on balance and get a 2nd-round pick and a goalie prospect along with Rene Bourque, but I don't see this working out well for Montreal. And does Calgary really think this will get them back in the hunt?

Rene Bourque On Trade To Montreal Canadiens: 'I Might Be In Trouble, I Don't Speak French' - SBNation.com
Sacrebleu!

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Trade rumblings: Habs move Cammalleri; B's, Devils, Wild have tough decisions - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun offers insight on the trade market from a variety of angles, including one NHL GM who didn't know that Cammalleri was even available.

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Boston 2, Montreal 1: Lucic, Krejci Cast Off Cammalleri, Canadiens - Stanley Cup of Chowder
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