Originally written on Talk Hockey  |  Last updated 11/20/14

BUFFALO - NOVEMBER 13: Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames warms up before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on November 13, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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.

A post written by Brendan Munro

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