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Pierre Gauthier met the media yesterday and his words on the captaincy were interesting. Gauthier acknowledged that a captain will be named before the season begins, and he seemed to praise, amongst others, Mike Cammalleri for his leadership last season. Gauthier also noted that the Canadiens had a better idea of their identity and, after last season’s playoff run, what they are able to accomplish. Personally, I wish people had probed more on the idea of change – after all, the Canadiens changed most of their scouting department, their assistant GM, their strength and conditioning coach, and due to Guy Boucher’s leaving much of the AHL organization changed as well. Gauthier did mention this and said it was normal when coaches leave for many different positions in that realm to shift.
But why all the scouting changes? Gauthier was Gainey assistant for many years – if all these changes needed to be made, why didn’t Gainey make them? If Gauthier is the camel, what was the straw? The Canadiens draft record has, for the past few years, been fairly strong: no super stars, but many solid NHLers. Why make such sweeping changes to amateur scouting when this is the case?
Over a year has past since Saku Koivu left Montreal for the sunny shores of California, and still the Canadiens do not have a captain. Speculation was rampant that it would be Andrei Markov – but he was never given the ‘C.’ Fans then began to theorize that the future captain wasn’t yet on the team - but I for one am glad the days of endless Vinny Lecavalier rumours are over.
No, the Canadiens next captain will come from the current collection of players on the roster. We know there will be a captain, because head coach Jacques Martin has said so. Who’s it going to be? There’s a fairly strong collection of veterans to choose from. Let’s take a look at a few.