Cammalleri's new outlook

Mike Cammalleri's health will be a key to the Habs' fortunes as the squad tries to improve on its...

Mike Cammalleri's health will be a key to the Habs' fortunes as the squad tries to improve on its 44-30-8 record from last season. (QMI Agency/Joel Lemay)

BENOIT RIOUX, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:04 AM ET

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens winger Michael Cammalleri has a new daughter and a new training regimen as he prepares for what he expects to be a career year.

The 29-year-old forward and his girlfriend welcomed the baby girl into the world 10 days ago. Now Cammalleri is turning his attention to the Canadiens' upcoming training camp.

"You always try to improve," said Cammalleri, who had 47 points in 67 games last season. "When you're asked about the upcoming season, you always hope to have your best season."

The native of Richmond Hill, Ont. has embarked on a rigorous summer training program and says he's in his best shape in years. He was finally able to focus on improving strength and speed instead of rehabilitating injuries.

Last season the problem was a bum shoulder. A wonky knee slowed him down two seasons ago.

The injuries have prevented him from matching his career high of 82 points (39 goals, 43 assists) with Calgary in 2008-2009. The Canadians signed him in July 2009.

His health will be a key to the team's fortunes as the squad tries to improve on its 44-30-8 record from last season. The Habs earned the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and lost to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs.

Cammalleri was a bright spot, recording 10 points in the seven-game series.


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