Captain Gionta

Brian Gionta is the new captain of the Montreal Canadiens, per La Presse.

More details to come!

From TSN:

It appears that the 'C' has been settled in Montreal.

La Presse reports that the Canadiens will name veteran winger Brian Gionta as their captain as the club begins training camp for the 2010-11 season.

The Canadiens opted not to have a captain for their 2009-10 campaign after parting ways with Saku Koivu last summer and overhauling their roster. General Manager Pierre Gauthier confirmed on Monday that the team would have a new captain in place before the start of the regular season.

"There has been a process developing an identity for the club last season and the further we advanced (in the playoffs), the more people stepped in - it wasn't just a select group of players," he said. "We're going to get the end of the process before the start of the first game."

Gionta would become the 28th captain in the club's 101-year history and only the second American-born player to formally wear the 'C' since Chris Chelios co-captained the club in 1989.

Gionta, 31, joined the Canadiens last summer after signing a five-year, $25 million contract. In 61 games last season, he tallied 46 points and led the team with 28 goals.

10 Comments

George Prax's picture

To Gionta's credit, he's signed for the next 4 years, and he's not really that old (30). He was my second choice, besides my man-crush Josh Gorges, and he's an excellent choice. It just means my wallet's going to be a little lighter after I pay off a few bets haha.

demez's picture

Gionta was the logical choice. Gorges is a hard worker but he's not the face of the team and that's what your captain is. Doesn't need to be your most talented player but he needs to be one of them, he needs to be someone you can identify even if you're not a Habs fan. Gorges as the face of the Montreal Canadiens? Yeah, never was going to happen.

George Prax's picture
demez wrote:

Gionta was the logical choice. Gorges is a hard worker but he's not the face of the team and that's what your captain is. Doesn't need to be your most talented player but he needs to be one of them, he needs to be someone you can identify even if you're not a Habs fan. Gorges as the face of the Montreal Canadiens? Yeah, never was going to happen.

I honestly don't understand why people place such a weight on goalscoring... Gorges' contribution to the Habs is just as important, if not more important than just about anyone else. Just because he isn't flashy and he doesn't score goals means that he can't be captain? I'm sorry but that makes no sense. If anything, Gorges is the best representative of this team's identity - Hardy working, an underdog and a constant fighter. Gionta is a great choice, don't get me wrong, but Gorges would have also been a great choice as well.

And just because he doesn't show up on the scoresheet most nights doesn't mean otherwise.

Cinerichabs88's picture

i honestly thought they were going to give it to Subban, come to think of it he would probably be with the team a very long time, he's always good for a quote the team respects him at a very young age, and he is the next super star of the canadiens. i agree with Prax on the goal scoring part of the "C", it shouldn't be a criteria, if Gionta and Cammi both go on a scoreless drought whats Gio supposed to tell Cammi "come on you should try harder!!". but i do agree with demez on the part of Captain's identity, thats why i would have gave it to Subban He's a natural born leader!

George Prax's picture

Subban will have plenty of years to develop his leadership skills and become a captain. At his age, with only 2 regular season games played and with all the leaders on the team there's no way I would give him the C... but I would maybe put my money on seeing him as captain sometime in the next 10 years.

Cinerichabs88's picture

i think its gonna be earlier than that, with what i saw during the rookie camp the habs are in good hands if there rookies develope properly, the kid that we got last year for D'agostini, Palushaj, he can be a great player in this league. The yougens are coming fast and there going to need a captain they can compete with, some one they no of.

oh for sure gionta is well spoken in the locker room, theres stories of him helping his team mates off the ice with personal problems. supposedly he, gomez and georges spoke with Sergei Koystisen off the ice to help him out (we see were that went).

Prediction: Subban will become captain in the next 4 years!

Cinerichabs88's picture

agreed tatally with that statement! but for now team is saying that no decision has been taken just yet