BROSSARD, QC -- When the Calgary Flames square off against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night, one familiar face won't be staring back at them.
Former Flame Mike Cammalleri has been sidelined for 10-14 days after suffering a leg laceration on during the Habs 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Teammate Yannick Weber's skate blade sliced him just above the knee.
After he realized he had been cut, Cammalleri immediately knew he needed assistance and started waving frantically to the officials in hopes of having the play stopped.
"I was just scared at the time. I'm no doctor," Cammalleri said after the Canadiens practice on Wednesday in Brossard. "I knew I was cut then I looked down and the blood was coming it. You could see it was deep."
While he is obviously relieved there was no damage done to his muscles, nerves or tendons, Cammalleri is disappointed he won't be able to face off against his old team.
"I've always enjoyed that and it would have been fun," he lamented. "What can you do? Just recover and get back as soon as I can."
He is still friends with his old teammates and will be catching up with them on Wednesday night when they go for dinner.
"Kostopoulos probably wants some Greek restaurant or something like that," he smirked. "I'll be bargaining for the Italian."
Cammalleri played in Calgary during the 2008-09 season. He potted 39 goals and 82 points in 81 games with the Flames. He signed in Montreal after becoming an unrestricted free agent the following summer.