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The Canadian will likely appoint a captain to succeed Shea Weber at the dawn of next season.

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Mattia Brunet

Mattia Brunet
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Among the main candidates, the young offensive leader, Nick Suzuki, veterans Brendan Gallagher and Joel Edmundson.

Gallagher, 30, was a race favorite in 2015 when Max Pacioretty took over from Brian Gionta. Gallagher was then 23 and had just scored a season of over 20 goals. He was entering his prime.

Its status has changed since then. He has been slowed down by usury, he only scored seven goals in 56 games last year and could see his responsibilities on ice decrease significantly this year. We have already started to observe it last season, after all.

Edmundson, 29, would have a big influence in the locker room. He remains an effective but retired defender who arrived in Montreal late two years ago after growing up in the St. Louis Blues, then Carolina Hurricanes organization. He has two years left on his contract, after which he will play in full autonomy. In short, he would most likely be a transition captain.

Suzuki’s appointment would be highly symbolic. At just 23 years old (for three weeks), he would become the youngest captain in the history of the Canadiens.

Only one other player, Saku Koivu, inherited this honor before turning 25. But Koivu would have reached the quarter century a few months after receiving the “C”.

The Habs are not used to giving this title to players under 27, but we are not experiencing a usual period. For the first time in his history, the Canadian had the courage to undertake a reconstruction.

The moment would be well chosen to seal this rebirth by entrusting the title of captain to one of the most important pieces of this phase of rejuvenation.

Suzuki is already a leader on the ice. He is coming out of a season of 61 points in 82 games, leading the team in scoring, including 34 points in 37 games with Martin St-Louis starting February 9. He also finished first on points in the club’s last two playoffs, in 2020 and 2021, with 23 points from 32 games.

The young man has just spent the summer in Montreal, absorbing the local culture. He has been seen several times in the company of the club’s other young star, Cole Caufield, and has also been seen with rookies Juraj Slafkovsky, Filip Mesar, Arber Xhekaj, among others.

Suzuki was the only Canadian player on the podium, along with team managers, to welcome Juraj Slafkovsky when he was drafted first overall in July.

Suzuki will enter the first season of an eight-year contract for 63 million. With Carey Price absent, he will be by far the club’s highest paid player, with 7.875 million a season.

“I haven’t heard of it, but it would be a great honor and a dream come true,” Suzuki told Stu Cowan of the newspaper. Gazette, Start of the week. There would be a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m in a good position to do it and I’m surrounded by great leaders who have helped me on my journey. So, if that happens, that would be pretty awesome. “

This team became HIS team. Is there really a better candidate?

The captains of the Canadiens since 1940 and their age at the time of appointment

  • Shea Weber, 33 (2018-2021)
  • Max Pacioretty, 26 (2015-2018)
  • Brian Gionta, 31 (2010-2014)
  • Saku Koivu, 24 (1999-2010)
  • Vincent Damphousse, 29 (1997-1999)
  • Pierre Turgeon, age 27 (1995-1997)
  • Mike Keane, 28 (1995)
  • Kirk Müller, 29 (1994-1995)
  • Guy Carbonneau, age 30 (1989-1994)
  • Chris Chelios, 27 (1989-1990)
  • Bob Gainey, 28 (1981-1989)
  • Serge Savard, 33 (1979-1981)
  • Yvan Cournoyer, 31 (1975-1979)
  • Henri Richard, 35 (1971-1975)
  • Jean Beliveau, age 30 (1961-1971)
  • Doug Harvey, 36 (1960-1961)
  • Maurice Richard, 35 (1956-1960)
  • Emile Bouchard, 29 (1948-1956)
  • Toe Blake, 28 (1940-1948)


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