It’s incredibly easy to figure out who will replace Saku Koivu as the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens. It could be one of the guys who has been on the team for awhile, or it could be one of the new guys, or it could be neither and just have three assistants, or the captaincy could move around with different players taking turns, or it could be Carey Price, like Roberto Luongo is in Vancouver and Bill Durnan was a handful of decades ago, or it could be the team’s best player, which is Andrei Markov, or it could be a player who’s not the best player but shows leadership, or it could be done by a popular vote, or the coach could decide.
Isn’t that easy?
I’m not in favour of one of the new guys becoming captain because you don’t just waltz into Habsland and be given the C. The idea is almost shocking. You have to feel the love, let the history soak in.
Is Andrei Markov a true leader, or just a great defenceman who does the job and goes home afterwards? Like me, in my job.
Giving the captaincy to Carey Price might elevate his game because with the C comes responsibility which in turn creates confidence. But somehow, I’m thinking it won’t work, and he’s still a babes-in-arms.
Who are we left with if the captain isn’t a new guy, Markov, or Price? Let’s see:
There’s the Kostitsyn brothers, but I think Youppi would be a better choice than them. (no offence, Kostitsyn brothers.) There’s Georges Laraque, but we need a captain who sees ice time. Guillaume Latendresse is still trying to find his place. Tomas Plekanec doesn’t seem the captain type at all and most of us are mad at him right now. Josh Gorges shows leadership. Maybe him. Roman Hamrlik? Maybe. Ryan O’Byrne? Nope.
What about Maxim Lapierre? He’s a guy who’s blossoming, he shows up every night, and don’t forget, the captaincy doesn’t mean the best player.
Really, there’s only one guy left who should be captain. He’s a team guy, everyone loves and respects him, he’s a winner, he’s been captain before and knows what it takes, and he understands the pressure of playing in Montreal. He’s perfect.
Ladies and gentlemen, the new captain of the Montreal Canadiens should be – Jean Beliveau!