I noted during the second period that Pierre Gauthier was spotted leaving the press box. Seemed of interest, given the comments made by Mike Cammalleri yesterday afternoon. But after Cammalleri had a team meeting and clarified his statments to the media, it was basically water under the bridge. Gauthier thought otherwise.
As the third period progressed, it was noted that Cammalleri was absent from the Canadiens bench, after playing 9:02 through 40 minutes. Slowly word trickled in that this was a team decision, over an injury.
The Flames also get the rights to goaltender Karri Ramo, currently in the KHL and a 5th round pick in 2012.
According to Gauthier, and Flames GM Jay Feaster, the deal had been in the works for over a month. OK.
Cammalleri does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, but does have a block on seven NHL teams.
This is Cammalleri's second trip to Calgary. He scored a career-high 39 goals in his single season with the Flames (2008-09), before signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Canadiens the following summer.
In 170 regular season games with Montreal, he recorded 54 goals and 65 assists. During the 2009 playoffs, he scored 19 goals in 19 games.
More to come, as flashbacks to 1995 have begun.