January 13, 2012
Flames players shocked, excited at trade
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - When the Calgary Flames visited Montreal earlier this season, Jarome Iginla and Michael Cammalleri had a nice dinner together.
“We never talked about playing together again, that’s for sure,” Iginla said after a 1-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks that was more notable for the trade with the Canadiens that occurred when the team was on the ice.
“I was surprised. It’s always a shock. Any trade is a surprise. Some players heard it during the game. Some heard it after the game. It’s good players on both sides.”
To get the former Flames winger, who scored 39 goals in the 2008-09 season playing mostly with Iginla, GM Jay Feaster had to give up winger Rene Bourque.
The news hardly had time to digest for the Flames players in the aftermath of the win.
“On one hand, you are excited, but on the other hand, a lot of us haven’t had a chance to talk to Bourquey,” Iginla said. “It’s exciting for us but also hard to see him go. He will do really well there. We wish him the best.”
The last time Cammalleri was with Iginla, the former had a career year heading into free-agency with 39 goals and 43 assists. He returns as Iginla is entrenched with Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross on the top line.
“It’s something where Cammy and Iggy have had chemistry here together,” Glencross said. “You knew something was going to happen in Montreal. It was just a matter of time.
“He’s got a great shot, good on the powerplay. He’s gonna come here, wants to get back (on track).”