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Poll: Who should be Montreal’s next captain?

Aug 24, 2014, 6:07 PM EDT

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It’s one thing to be the captain of an NHL team, but wearing the “C” in Montreal brings on a rare level of scrutiny. Being the Canadiens’ captain is often about a lot more than taking charge of the locker room, as Habs great Yvan Cournoyer explained to the Montreal Gazette on Sunday:

“Being captain is something among the guys. It’s a little bit of everything, on the ice and off for the players, off it for the organization,” Cournoyer said.

“ … I might know that he’s a good player who can do something on the ice, but what can he do to bring the team together? That’s my main thing about the captain. In my day, if things were going bad, or if the players were having problems, it was up to the captain, and the guys together, to figure it out.”

(Check out the rest of the article here, it’s a great read.)

With Brian Gionta out of town, the organization has that question to answer. While many – Cournoyer included – believe that the decision doesn’t need to be rushed, it’s interesting to ponder the options.

For the sake of simplicity, this poll doesn’t include every player on the roster. An “other” option is included in case you really think that the likes of Alexei Emelin and Rene Bourque deserve greater consideration. Feel free to advance arguments in the comments, as well, of course.

(Carey Price‘s inclusion is mostly an homage to the failed Roberto Luongo experiment in Vancouver, but stranger things have happened, right?)

  1. hammertownhabsfan - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Brendan Gallagher.

    • dueman - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Although he’s not really ‘captain’ material, this kid is nothing but heart. As a Toronto fan, you can guess how I feel about the Habs, but I have to say, I would love for this guy to be a Leaf. He’s the kind of heart, and soul player that every team should want playing for them…

  2. anthj99 - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Pacioretty. Oh wait, he’s American, common sense can no longer apply.

    • jaguar0413 - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      So was Gionta.

  3. 950003cups - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    The next captain of the Montreal Canadians will be Phil Myass. He’s been very satisfying during the playoffs and every team wants one of those guys.

    • dueman - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      That’s very telling, knowing that Phil Myass has been very satisfying to you….

  4. bigbadbruins77 - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Whlie I’m a big max pax fan, I say give it to PK. You just signed him to a monster long term deal and he is the face of the franchise. It will make him grow up and mature that much faster and he will grow into the roll.

    -you can always strip him if he can’t handle it like Jumbo Joe haha.

  5. phtjoey - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Price?! Gallagher?! Desharnais?! is this a flippin joke? who the hell came up with this list?

    • imleftcoast - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Yeah, why isn’t Vanek on this list? If you watched the Montreal/Boston series, you know Subban will be the captain and why. I’m not a Habs fan, but his play in that series will impact how defense is played in the NHL for years. I’d expect a little more thought and analysis from PHT.

    • bsaures - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Ya damm them for giving us options what is this bull. Back in my day we got 3 options and we liked it that way.

      • phtjoey - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        if it’s option you want and don’t care about credibility, then why not add Tokarski, Bournival, Parenteau, Beaulieu and Tinordi to the list?

  6. succulentnipples - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Big Johnathon Football is captain material.

    • dueman - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Somebody get this advertiser out of here please.

  7. bsaures - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Markov I think will be offered it but whether he takes it is another thing. If not plekanac or subban

  8. montrealknowledge - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Markov’s has already declined in the pass, he does not want to deal with media. I originally thought Purnell Karl Subban would be a good choice, but captains always have to give stereotypical “proper answers” to everything. I do not want P.K to have to censor himself just because he is captain.

  9. titansbro - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    PK lol. That guy is no captain. Pacioretty either.

  10. blomfeld - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:44 PM


    Amis … comme dieu est mon témoin, je suis maintenant ‘complètement’ convaincu qu’un Messie se trouve présent maintenant en étant debout dans les ailes ‘prêt et capable’ pour reprendre cette franchise ‘à la gloire’ qu’il mérite légitimement !

  11. gkc3 - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:03 AM


  12. bakedbees - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Capt’n Kangaroo

  13. tc634 - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    I could see the Panthers naming Luongo their captain

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