Mike Cammalleri

Cammalleri might not have said, “We play like losers”


“We play like losers” is what Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri was quoted as saying yesterday. Except he might not have said exactly that.

According to the Montreal Gazette, what Cammalleri likely said was that the Habs are playing with a “losing mentality.” That quote was then translated into French. Later, it was translated back into English, and out popped, “We play like losers.”

Just for fun, let’s see if something like that could happen. We’ll start with a random sentence in English:

Maxim Lapierre and Brad Marchand scurried down to the market to buy some cheese. Along the way, they held up a liquor store and made away with an undisclosed amount of cash. As of this morning, their whereabouts were unknown.

Translate to French using Google Translate:

Maxim Lapierre et Brad Marchand couraient vers le marché pour acheter du fromage. En chemin, ils ont tenu un magasin d’alcools et fait disparaître un montant non divulgué de l’argent. Dès ce matin, leurs allées et venues n’étaient pas connues.

Translate back to English:

Maxim Lapierre and Brad Marchand ran to the market to buy cheese. Along the way, they held a liquor store and removes an undisclosed amount of money. This morning, their whereabouts were unknown.

It’s close, but there are some clear differences.

Anyway, Cammalleri clarified his comments today.

“Yesterday was a little bit crazy. I’m obviously not happy,” he said, as per NHL.com. “It’s an emotional game, we’re sitting in 12th spot, so it’s not fun to lose and you want to win. So you always want to do more. That’s all. I made some comments after my interview yesterday that I thought were pretty PC comments with regards to the competitive advantage a winning team has and their mentality, and the lack thereof of a losing team. I didn’t think it was ground-breaking news.

“We’re in 12th spot, we’re not in a winning position right now. So it was some pretty impressive journalism to make all that out of that. But that’s what it was for me. This group in here knows that we’ve got to be better. It’s no secret, like I said, [we’re in] 12th spot.”

Cammalleri has just nine goals in 37 games, and Tuesday he was booed by Habs fans at the Bell Centre. So regardless of what exactly was said, yesterday’s outpouring only furthered the speculation he could be traded away.

However, that’s not what he wants.

“I love Montreal. I just built a house in Montreal. I haven’t moved in yet. But I love Montreal, I love playing in Montreal, it’s surprising to me [the boos],” said Cammalleri. “I think that I’ve had somewhat of a love affair with the city and things can change pretty quick. But not for me. I really enjoy it; my family loves it. I really enjoy what it means to play for the Montreal Canadiens. I always have since I’ve been there and I’ve got nothing else on that.”

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

Torres hit

What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.