Yes it’s good the Canadiens beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in exhibition play. But probably more important then this is that a captain is emerging from the non-captained team. Brian Gionta has been a star in this pre-season, like he was destined to play for the Canadiens, and has shown leadership and exhibited a serious danger factor while on the ice. He scores, he assists, he hits posts, he talks to his linemates, he’s all over the place. He’s a delight.
He should be captain. No one else has come to the forefront the way Gionta has.
Canadiens now don’t play until Thursday when they greet the Bruins for a rematch. Players are now being sent down in big numbers, and so this upcoming Bruins game, along with the the final one against Buffalo on Saturday, will showcase more of an example of the team which will open the season. We’re getting down to the nitty-gritty.
It’s also time to relax a touch, get away from the rink, don’t take wins or losses too seriously in this pre-season, and say a nice farewell to summer before we welcome hockey season for real. So let’s join the boys on a fishing trip.
An Algonquin guide takes Gerry McNeil, Doug Harvey and Maurice Richard fishing in this mid-fifties photo. Elmer Lach went too but is nowhere to be seen. But after some serious deductions, I’ve figured out he was probably taking the picture. I should maybe think about working for CSIS or the FBI.