Habs notebook - March 18, 2010
Green light: After spending some quality time over the past few weeks skating with fellow injured Hab Michael Cammalleri, Marc-Andre Bergeron finally got the O.K. from doctors to start bonding with the rest of his teammates. While the club’s second most potent power play threat is close to making his comeback, he also knows there’s no rush to rejoin his streaking team before he’s ready.
“Seeing the team playing so well is really motivating for me because I know I can take my time and make sure I’m really ready to go before I jump back onto the ice. I was given the green light to practice, but not to play just yet,” explained Bergeron, who spent time rotating between his spot on the point and playing forward before his injury. “For sure I’m first and foremost a defenseman. I find I’m more effective as a defenseman and I can bring more to the lineup, but like I’ve said in the past, I’ll play any role the coaches ask of me. I’m comfortable playing up front and I’ll play my hardest no matter where I’m playing.”
Settling in: After feeling each other out for the past few months, it looks like the Canadiens have finally hit their stride as a team. Currently boasting the best differential on the team with a plus-11, for example, Jaroslav Spacek is feeling right at home playing alongside fellow Czech blue-liner Roman Hamrlik
“Everyone knows their role and the adjustment period is over now,” said Spacek. “The lines are all stable and so are the D pairings. Playing on the right isn’t my natural side so I’ve had to adjust to that, but I feel comfortable now. I’ve simplified my game – I mean, I’m not going to be electrifying anyone.”
Cammy’s anatomy: Out of the lineup since Feb. 1 with a knee injury, Cammalleri has had more time on his hands than he would have liked. One thing he hasn’t done with his new found leisure time is hit the text books.
“The human body is a strange thing that no one has really been able to solve and I’m certainly not the one who is going to do it,” smiled Cammalleri before hitting the ice on his own following his teammates practice. “There is no precise timeline for this kind of injury, unfortunately. I’m hoping to be back on the ice at practice with the boys on Friday, but right now I’m going to go sweat it out on my own so I can get there as soon as possible.”
Shauna Denis and Manny Almela are writer for canadiens.com
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