Yesterday news came out that Habs’ supposed “Super Sniper” Mike Cammalleri had some harsh words for his teammates and the organization as a whole in a semi private, locker room interview, with NHL.com correspondant Arpon Basu and Francois Gagnon of La Presse.
“I can’t accept that we will display a losing attitude as we’re doing this year. We prepare for our games like losers. We play like losers. So it’s no wonder why we lose,” Cammalleri said after asked about the teams recent efforts.
He also spoke of his ice time, which has been less in recent games, and less overall since the promotion of Randy Cunneyworth, stating “I’m not playing as much, so I need to get a little work here in practice to stay in shape” and when asked about 2 glaring missed assignments, “On the Arnott goal, he was my guy, I wasn’t sharp there,” Cammalleri said. “But it was my fifth shift of the game and it was the second period. Usually I’ve made 15 good plays by that point.”
Wow. Some harsh words from someone who isn’t living up to his contract, eh? Exactly what 15 good plays have you made this year, Mike?
The worst part? He’s absolutely right! About some of it anyways.
I can get on board with his comments about the team’s “losing attitude”. A defeatists approach will never bear fruit. I think this was a good veteran move, trying to get his teammates compete level up. Anyone want to argue that that’s not a good thing? I don’t think so.
It’s one thing to say these things, but Mr. Cammalleri needs to be a solution on the ice. Not in quiet meetings with reporters off it. I appreciate the passion, but for the love of all that is holy, SCORE SOME GOALS ALREADY!
Does Mike want out of Montreal? That’s not something I’m willing to speculate on. Here’s what I know. We aren’t likely to get fair return on our investment if we move him now. There’s not a lot of teams beating down Gauthier’s door for a “Sniper” with 9 goals in 37 games. Even if he has been “money” in the playoffs in recent years.
My thoughts? At this point, Cammalleri’s contract looks about on par with everyone’s favourite Hab to hate, Scott Gomez. Difference is, everyone on the team likes Scott and he’s been great in the dressing room over the years. Mike? Not so much. Maybe PK needs to have a scrap with him in practice to straighten him out?
Time to put up or shut up Mike. We get it. Hopefully the team gets it. Do you?