BROSSARD -- As preseason winds down, the Canadiens roster will start getting shorter. With only a few games to play before the start of the 2011-12 season, some young players need to shape-up to stay up and seasoned veterans discuss the end of training camp.
The time has come again:
With the next round of cuts about to take place and the official season only a few games away, Michael Cammalleri isn’t looking ahead to the next phase just yet.
“I’m not that eager because it’s a work in progress,” confessed Cammalleri. “I think I’m more eager to play the next games and really get our compete level where we want it and then I’ll feel comfortable starting the season.”
After playing with a different partner every night, Josh Gorges
sees the end of camp as the perfect time to bond.
“When we start getting down in numbers, you start playing with guys you’ll spend most of the year with,” explained the 27-year-old defenseman. “You start building that chemistry, that relationship. You start to grow a little better and a little faster that way.”A late start:
Having spent most of training camp nursing his injury to the bottom half of his body back to health, Michael Bournival
will finally get his chance to play at the Bell Centre.
“I’m really pleased to be 100% better. I’m really happy I’m able to be ready to play at least one game of training camp,” shared Bournival who should be gearing up to play against the Bruins Monday night alongside Brian Willsie
and Brian Gionta
. “Injuries are a part of hockey. I need to get used to that and stay strong mentally. I’m taking it one day at a time.” Switching up the recipe:
After a difficult game against Boston on Sunday, Jacques Martin has a pretty radical solution for Monday’s game - the type of solution only ever possible in preseason games.
“What are we going to do? We'll change our personnel,” said the grinning Habs coach. “It’s our sixth game in seven days, so we’ll keep on evaluating our team. For a bunch of players, tonight is their last opportunity. They’ll have to step up their games.”
Lee Anne Vincent O'Connor is a writer for canadiens.com.ALSO SEE:New season, same rivalry The Numbers Game - Sept. 25, 2011 Maritime match-ups Work hard, play harder