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After struggling this season for the Calgary Flames, Rene Bourque was traded in January to the Montreal Canadiens. Coming the other way was Mike Cammalleri, who had equally lost his scoring touch. It was hoped that a change of scenery would benefit both players.
So far, Bourque has gained no such benefit and has been a big disappointment in Montreal. Cammalleri has not exactly broken out in Calgary, but at least he has 8 points in his last 11 games. Bourque on the other hand had only 4 points in all of February. Even on back to back games in Western Canada nights where the Canadiens notched 4 goals each night, Bourque was all but invisible, managing a meagre single assist. In fact, Bourque has been so cold since the start of February that Scott Gomez has managed the same number of goals over that time: 2.
Perhaps, though, the most staggering statistic attributable to the Bourque cold streak is the -15 plus/ minus rating since the start in February. In fact he has only had one game since the start of last month where he was on the ice for more goals for than against. Plenty of players have gone through stretches where they can't seem to find the back of the net, but Bourque seems to have made himself into quite the defensive liability at the same time. Granted, Montreal has struggled this year, and many of his teammates have incredibly unimpressive stats, but it is fair to say that Bourque has been bad, even when measured against the results of a bad team.
It's likely he will get his game turned next year around after some time off this summer, but if you still have Bourque on your fantasy team, it's time to cut your losses now and pick up someone else to help your team down the stretch drive. Even Scott Gomez, with 2 points in his last 3 games, seems like an upgrade at this point.
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Back in September, Max Pacioretty said he wanted to be known for his play, not 'The Hit.'
Pacioretty has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Canadiens. His 30 goals and 56 points lead the team, with several weeks to add before season's end.
"Thirty goals is exciting," he told reporters after reaching...
It goes without saying that the Montreal Canadiens are likely to make changes to the team’s front office and behind the bench following the 2011-2012 season and names of potential replacements are beginning to surface.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, former Habs goalie Patrick Roy and current Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Marc Bergevin are among the...
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov has been activated from injured reserve and could make his season debut Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks."He's activated and available to us and should everything go as planned he will be in our lineup," said coach Randy Cunneyworth. The decision will be made just prior to the game.Markov has only played seven games...
NEW YORK (March 9, 2012)—Montreal Canadiens forward Erik Cole has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slew-footing Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry in NHL Game #1008 in Edmonton on Thursday, March 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 11:48 of the second period...
There have been few bright spots this season for the Montreal Canadiens, but the return of veteran defenseman Andrei Markov certainly qualifies as a highlight.
That it came in a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night made it that much better.
''It was awesome,'' said Markov, the 33-year-old Russian, who fought back from two operations on his right...
1) Before we knew how terrible the Canadiens would turn out to be this season, we were intrinsically focused on Max Pacioretty's return to hockey.
To know he's made it a successful one is among the most heart-warming stories in the NHL this season, but also, to know he's delivered on promises he made nearing the end of his rehabilitation, bordering on his return to...
Andrei Markov Returns, Habs Go From Night to Day
140 games, 483 days and a whole bunch of losses and hotdogs in the pressbox watching his teammates toil away for the last two seasons made Andrei Markov an awfully hungry hockey player.
Returning to the lineup in a flash on Saturday night in Vancouver against the Canucks, the Habs and Markov caught the hockey world off-guard...
Montreal Canadiens left wing Erik Cole was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Friday for slew-footing Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry.Cole slew-footed Petry in the second period of Montreal's 5-3 win over the Oilers on Thursday and was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
There was Andrei Markov, playing his 53rd game in three seasons Saturday, proving that at 70%, he's still better than a lot of other players.
But his appearance in the lineup from here to the end of the season will likely inspire more doubt than promise about his future.
Will he be able to produce? Absolutely.
Will he be exposed, defensively? Absolutely.
30 Goals in 65 Games, and Counting...
If there is one positive thing that Bob Gainey is known for in Montreal, it has to be the acquisition of Josh Gorges and a 1st round pick for the services of veteran rear-guard Craig Rivet.
While we're all aware of the defensive gem and leader that Josh Gorges has become, the real gift of that trade comes in the form of the 22nd overall...
The dog days of March are here. The Vancouver Canucks have nothing left to play for in a division long since wrapped up, and the prospect of another long, punishing playoff run as seen the effort levels lately drop to a more manageable peak.
It’s a tad disappointing to see these losses, but who will really remember these games once the playoffs start?
On to the Love...
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