UPDATE 10:09 p.m.: It's been confirmed that the goaltender heading to Calgary along with Cammalleri is Karri Ramo. Ramo, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2004 draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, has played in 48 NHL games over parts of two season with Tampa Bay.
After having his rights dealt to the Canadiens in 2010, Ramo has spent the past three seasons playing for Omsk Avangard of the KHL.
MTL trades Cammalleri, goalie Karri Ramo and 5th rder to CGY for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and 2nd rd pick in 2013— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 13, 2012
UPDATE 10:01 p.m.: According to James Duthie on Twitter , Cammalleri has been traded to the Calgary Flames for Rene Bourque. Cammalleri is going back to the team he scored 39 goals for in 2008-09.
Cammalleri, 5th rounder, and the rights to a European goalie prospect for Rene Bourque, 2nd rounder in 2013, and prospect Patrick Holland.— james duthie (@tsnjamesduthie) January 13, 2012
The Canadiens trade one troubled winger for another, as Bourque is currently serving a five-game suspension for elbowing Capitals Nicklas Backstrom.
In the middle of tonight's Canadiens-Bruins game, Mike Cammalleri was pulled from the Montreal bench, told he was traded and sent back to the team hotel in a cab.
As the report spread through the rest of the bench, the team started to ask coaches where he was traded. Nobody knew, including Cammalleri himself. Pierre Gauthier's circus continues to operate nightly in Montreal. No word yet on his destination, but stick with THS for the latest.
Earlier this morning, Cammalleri blasted his team's effort of late, saying the team "plays like losers."
“I can’t accept that we will display a losing attitude as we’re doing this year,” he told NHL.com and La Presse. “We prepare for our games like losers. We play like losers. So it’s no wonder why we lose.”
Though it wasn't an indictment of just his teammates, Cammalleri took on a fair amount of blame himself, it didn't exactly come across as a motivational talk with the media. Safe to say, he didn't make any new friends in the dressing room. Now comes news that he was yanked mid-game against their biggest rival to be shipped out of town.
“When you display a losing attitude like we do now, you lose more often than you win and you stay in the same place,” he said. “When you show a winning attitude, you are not stifled by mistakes and you respond to a mistake with 15 good plays at the other end, you win and you get out of misery.
“This is not what we’re doing here now.”
Cammalleri has been one of the Habs worst underachievers this season for what he's being paid. In 38 (and a half, if you count tonight) games, he's scored only nine goals and added 13 assists. Not the greatest numbers for a player who carries around a $6 million cap hit annually and is signed through 2013-14.