Usually when a player calls out his teammates, it shows a certain degree of leadership. Apparently, Mike Cammalleri didn’t get the memo though, because this season the blame for the Montreal Canadiens’ woeful season is on the fact that their coach doesn’t speak French.
Cammalleri was grilled for saying his team had a “losing mentality” rather than saying something like, “We would definitely have a few more points if our coach was bilingual” or “I am best motivated by the Francophonic.” Now, he has officially been run out of town.
In the middle of their game with the Boston Bruins, Cammalleri was pulled from the game and sent packing. He will return to Calgary, where he was traded as part of a 4 player, 2 pick deal including Rene Bourque (another non French speaking addition to the Habs).
The Flames are 12th in the west, 2 points out of the final playoff spot, but at least they appreciate workers and English speakers. It’s no doubt, then, why Cammalleri said in an interview, “I’m just so excited. I can’t wait to get there.”