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Breaking the Ice With New Montreal Canadien Mike Cammalleri

TORONTO - MARCH 14:  Mike Cammalleri #13 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the game at Air Canada Centre on March 14, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Kevin van SteendelaarAnalyst IJuly 22, 2009

The Montreal Canadiens’ Mike Cammalleri stopped by the Hockey Hall of Fame last week to do a photo shoot for the cover story in the latest issue of The Hockey News.

He also had a chat with THN’s Ken Campbell. The full interview is available here.

Cammalleri talks on his decision to sign with the Habs saying that the opportunity to play for the most recognized of the Original Six teams influenced his decision.

He also thinks the pressure of the media scrutiny in Montreal will push him in a positive way.

“You can use that to take your game to a level that’s going to be your best and the going to be the best for your team and your teammates,” he said. “I don’t think you can be more engaged than playing for the Montreal Canadiens.”

He looks forward to the prospect of playing with the other new offensive acquisitions, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez.

“Both guys are real exciting. It would be a great dynamic line in my eyes,” he said.

When asked on the new identity of the Canadiens, he felt that it looks like GM Bob Gainey has assembled a team that is going to compete.

“We’ll be there every night to grind it out,” he added “Any time you have success, it’s going to be the direct result of the guys you play with.”

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