Rene Bourque Traded, Will Now Likely Face Payback For Nicklas Backstrom Hit

Rene Bourque wasn't on the ice for the Calgary Flames when they hosted the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night, but that was to be the case had he been traded to the Montreal Canadiens or not. Bourque was serving the fourth game of his five-game suspension, handed out last week after he elbowed Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom in the head.

The Caps were disappointed they wouldn't have the chance to dish out some retribution on Bourque, considering they didn't play the Flames the rest of the season. Troy Brouwer, in particular, told the Washington Times that he'd love to see Bourque on the ice again.

He'll get his chance, and he won't even have to wait all that long. The Canadiens host the Capitals at Bell Centre next Wednesday, January 18, and that's just the first of the four meetings between the two clubs this season. Bourque will be in the Habs lineup for that game, serving the final game of his suspension when his new team hosts Ottawa on Saturday.

Fans are already getting ready for revenge.

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We're sure Brouwer and the Caps are getting ready, too.

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