Rene Bourque has been placed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens.
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Bourque was left out of the lineup last night when the Habs played the Minnesota Wild, although he did take warm-up.
Signs point to this being the end (at least temporarily) of a disappointing stay in Montreal for the Lac La Biche, Alberta native. He was originally acquired in the trade that sent Mike Cammalleri to the Calgary Flames mid-way through the 2011-12 season.
At the time, the move – that also sent Karri Ramo and a 5th round draft pick to the Flames – seemed like a good one for both sides.
Bourque was fresh off a 50 point campaign in 2010-11 and seemed to have the same skill set as Cammalleri, only he was a few inches taller (closer to a foot taller really).
Bourque looked to have a bright future with the Canadiens, but he never panned out. Injuries cost him significant time in 2012-13 and he failed to find the form that had him scoring 20+ goals in three straight seasons in Cowtown.
In his 141 career games played with the Habs, Bourque has only found the back of the net 21 times and adding 18 assists for 39 points.
He never had a positive plus/minus rating while a member of the Bleu, Blanc, Rouge.
Prior to joining the Canadiens, Bourque was part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization and the abovementioned Flames. He played college hockey with the University of Wisconsin from 2000 to 2004.
To start off this year, Bourque was in his usual fine form, netting no goals and only having two helpers to his credit in 13 games.
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Bowman spent just about 24 hours in Montreal, as he was only called-up Saturday afternoon.