The day after Rene Bourque elbowed center Nicklas Backstrom in the head, the Washington Capitals were upset about the cheap shot and eager to get some retribution.
“It’s one of those things where it kind of sucks because we’re not able to play [the Calgary Flames] again this year,” winger Troy Brouwer said.
Brouwer will get his wish in less than a week, but not the Flames. Just Bourque.
Bourque on Thursday night was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in a deal for Michael Cammalleri, according to multiple reports. He will be done serving his five-game suspension by the time the Caps visit Montreal on Wednesday night.
“He’s got a little edge to him. Sometimes he crosses the line,” Brouwer said of Bourque last week. “Just from knowing him from playing when he was with Chicago, he’s got that little bit of an attitude to him as well. He plays a hard game and it’s just the style of it.”
Next week’s game at Bell Centre is the first of four games the rest of the season between the Caps and Habs.