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Canadiens name four alternate captains for 2014-15 season
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:06:47 +0000
Laval, QC, Canada (4E Sports) - Instead of naming a captain, the Montreal Canadiens have picked four alternate captains for the 2014-15 season, and the captaincy issue will be revisited next summer.
The Canadiens said that defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban and forwards Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec each will serve as alternate captains.
"I believe that it's a transition," general manager Marc Bergevin said. "[The captaincy] is a big role to have when you look at what comes with it, in Montreal especially."
Bergevin said the move is seen to spread the leadership around the team before the team eventually picks a regular captain.
"But I feel really comfortable with having four assistants," said Bergevin.
The only other time the Canadiens have played a season without a captain was in 2009-10, when Saku Koivu signed with the Anaheim Ducks as a free agent after 10 years in the role.
Brian Gionta was named captain the following season but his departure as a free agent to the Buffalo Sabres left the spot vacant.
In addition to Gionta's departure, defenseman Josh Gorges, another prominent member of Montreal's leadership group, was traded to the Sabres during the offseason.
"We certainly talked a lot about it, me and Marc, and we came to the conclusion that there were a lot of good candidates, but there's always a transition that has to be made," coach Michel Therrien said.
Markov, 35, and Plekanec, 31, have spent their entire NHL careers with the Canadiens and are the elder statesmen of the team in terms of longevity. They will be full-time alternates.
Pacioretty and Subban both are 25 and represent the team's younger veterans, players just entering their primes.