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BURN THE WITCH! Image courtesy @TML_Crystal
BURN THE WITCH! Image courtesy @TML_Crystal

On the night that the impending Maple Leafs-Red Wings Winter Classic was basically confirmed by Bob McKenzie Pierre Gauthier made sure that he would steal the limelight. Here is the trade made by the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames:

To Montreal

Rene Bourque, prospect Patrick Holland, and a 2nd round pick in 2013

To Calgary

Mike Cammalleri, the KHL's Karri Ramo, and a 5th round pick in 2012

To Hockey Fans Everywhere

Multiple LOLs, some ROFLs in 2014, and punchlines to be named often and repeatedly

This may be the rare trade that is a lose-lose. Yes, the Flames get a shot at Cammalleri possibly rebounding now that he is returning to the site of his best season ever. However, he is almost 30 years old, has a $6M cap hit, and cost a prospect and a pick. That's not exactly the best deal for a team that should be looking to rebuild.

On the other side of the equation, the Habs - who should also be rebuilding now - get an older player that has had a bad season, they get an anglophone with a French-sounding name (Plan The Protest!), they manage to get older, and he's not going to get them to the playoffs. Neither team really added what they needed but this is great for us. Not to mention that pulling Cammalleri out of the game to send him to the hotel because he was traded is just bush league. You can add that trick to Gauthier's mishandled canning of Perry Pearn, his ill-timed firing of Jacques Martin, and the club's hilarious handling of Randy Cunneyworth's tenure to the list of things that have tarnished the franchise's fading legacy. I bet Habs fans are probably feeling like it's 1995.

Onto a bevy of links after the jump!

Leafs Links

Leafs to Play Wings in 2013 Winter Classic

In case you didn't read the post below or only read this one, I talk about the league's worst kept secret.

Playoff Hopes And Dreams

What will it take for the Leafs to make the NHL's second season? Find out!

Dion Phaneuf ‘won’t lose sleep’ over being named the NHL’s most overrated player

Friend of the blog Sean Fitz-Gerald gets some answers about the overrated rankings and which ranking Komisarek preferred.

10 Questions, 10 Answers

Anthony Petrielli answers some questions. I hope he types fast because that's a lot of information!

NHLers who labelled Maple Leafs' Dion Phaneuf overrated are just green with envy

Somebody is trying to get back into Brian Burke's good books.

Hatred For Leafs Trending Upward

Remember when Chemmy said that he was sick of the pity? Revel in the growing hate.

Cammalleri Links

Calgary Flames Fans React

SBN's Matchsticks And Gasoline's thread features some good reactions

Montreal Canadiens Fans React

SBN's Habs Eyes On The Prize's thread mostly features fans wondering what prize it is that Gauthier has his eyes on.

Canadiens trade Michael Cammalleri and his big mouth to Calgary Flames

Puck Daddy weighs in on the trade.

Montreal Canadiens Trade Mike Cammalleri To Calgary Flames For Rene Bourque: Who Won The Deal?

Travis Hughes weighs in on the trade and picks...well, you have to click to find out.

Reddit Reacts

This is a lot of fun.

Daniel Tolensky's Twitter Feed

Watch him fly into stats overdrive to hype up Mike Cammalleri. What's that? Pulver Sports, his employer, represents Cammy? No kidding.

NHL Links

Decline Of The Habs Empire

This is a scathing look at how the Habs have fallen so far from grace.

Report: Philly police issue arrest warrant for Winter Classic assault on Rangers fans

Philadelphia police are about to arrest the piece of shit that put the Rangers' fan in the hospital.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi says he's sorry for slamming Oilers

Lombardi is a wimp.

Jarome Iginla and the Perils of Staying Loyal

Katie Baker with her weekly tour around the NHL with a heavy dose of Brian Burke

Columbus, True Talent, And The Limits Of Corsi

If this kind of thing floats your boat then I recommend it.

A look at the NHL all-star selections

Justin Bourne has some thoughts on the rest of the roster.

Fix the All-Star Game voting system; let the fans vote for the team captains

I like this solution to a game that I wouldn't be arsed if they cancelled.

Random Video Of Awesome Fan Trolling

The University of Alabama completely dominated LSU in the NCAA football title game. LSU didn't cross the 50 yard line until the fourth quarter. As luck would have it, the two schools played each other in basketball this week too and the Bama fans came up trump: