It was like there was a Game-8 in last spring’s Canadiens/Penguins playoff series. In a game that took on the aspects of a war at times, the Canadiens scored two goals in the span of 25 seconds late in the third period to beat the Penguins 3-2 in a game that featured all of the intensity of a Stanley Cup game. Michael Cammalleri was given credit for the tieing goal with 2:12 remaining and twenty-five seconds later Scott Gomez scored what turned out to be the game winner. Carey Price stopped 36 of 38 Pittsburgh shots.
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The Canadiens assigned five to the minors today with no surprises in the group. They open their season with some question marks. Carey Price suffering from the flu; Roman Hamrlik has had an injury setback; Michael Cammalleri is suspended and Andrei Markov is still rehabilitating from May knee surgery.
Michael Cammalleri has been suspended for one game for an incident involving the New York Islanders Nino Niederreiter on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Cammalleri will forfeit $32,258.06. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 16:52 of the second period. He was assessed a major penalty for slashing and a game misconduct (Rule 61.5) for his actions. Cammalleri will miss the Canadiens season opener at Toronto on October 7th.
The NHL is looking into, and will be ruling on last night’s Michael Cammalleri/Nino Niederreiter incident in Quebec City. Logically, there will be a Cammalleri suspension involved, the question is the extent which might be determined by mitigating circumstances.
Cammalleri swung his stick in the vicinity of Niederreiter’s head as part of a retaliation for what has been termed by Canadiens coach Jacques Martin as a “blind side hit”. Cause and effect. But, Cammalleri’s slate is not exactly clean when it comes to this sort of thing. (video of initial Niederreiter hit, Cammalleri retaliation and 2009 Cammalleri/Havlat incident)
Did you know the Canadiens have seven players with no-trade clauses in their contracts including Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik, both of whom will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this season? The trade restrictions on the two defensemen ends on February first, 2011, meaning the Canadiens can make a deal for them at the trade deadline if they wish. At the end of the coming season, Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier will have to deal with five unrestricted and eight restricted free agents. He will have just over twenty-five million dollars to sign thirteen players with defensemen Markov and Josh Gorges the top priorities.
And indication of the hockey world in the salary cap era, the Canadiens presently are committed to only four contracts two years from now, Gomez, Cammalleri, Gionta and Plekanec. And they are committed to only one contract, Plekanec, in the 2014-2015 season.