Cammalleri Sick of Losing Attitude and Losing Games
The frustration is starting to build in the Montreal Canadiens organization and also among the fan base. No one seems to be as vocal as Mike Cammalleri who has struggled with injuries and struggled to get points in the first half of the 2011-2012 season. Following a loss to the St. Louis Blues in which former Canadiens goaltender and playoff hero Jaroslav Halak made his return and stopped all 19 shots he faced for a shutout, the Bell Centre crowd gave Halak an ovation but let their own Photo by Dave Sandford/HHOF team feel their wrath with a chorus of boos as they left the ice.
The next morning after practice, star forward Mike Cammalleri was prompted to say the following in a private conversation with French reporter Francois Gagnon of RDS, the station that airs all of the Canadiens games on television.
“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.”
Nobody on the team or in the fan base knows if this is a self-evaluation or if Cammalleri is trying to take a shot at his teammates.
Cammalleri has but 9 goals and 22 points this season. Most of his teammates have not fared better. Cammalleri is known as a lethal goal scorer but simply has not produced this season.
The Canadiens have struggled under new Coach Randy Cunneyworth, around whom controversy swirls because he speaks no French. The fans have let the team know where they stand on this issue, going as far as protesting outside the Bell Centre on game days.
Things will not be easier for the Canadiens as their next game is in Boston vs. their rival and Stanley Cup Champion Bruins.
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