The Habs asked him in the corner of the draft if he was up for the challenge → https://t.co/chmraSL2TL
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) September 12, 2022
Usually, the “C” is embroidered on the jersey of the player who leads his team by his leadership qualities. Some players are more vocal, while others set the example with their presence on the ice.
But the important thing is whether the team captain has what it takes to propel his teammates to the next level. In Montreal, that’s why Nick Suzuki was chosen, even though there were other interesting candidates for the position at this time last year (Edmundson, Savard, Gallagher):
That said, there’s a somewhat peculiar situation in the NHL at the moment, when nine teams in the league don’t have a captain signed ahead of next season.
Habsolument Fan’s Cimon Asselin has put together a piece in which we realize that the Ducks, Coyotes, Bruins, Flames, Blackhawks, Flyers, Kraken, Canucks and Jets are all currently looking for a captain.
The Canucks, Hawks and Jets, meanwhile, have “lost” the services of Bo Horvat, Jonathan Toews and Blake Wheeler in the past year…
It’s a bit hard to say, given that these are relatively young clubs. The guys may not yet be ready to take on such a role in their development, and instead of appointing a captain “just to have one”, these teams decide to wait for the best opportunity to do so.
Because the captain’s role also comes with added pressure. Again, he’s the undisputed leader of the club, and if he can’t face the music, generally…
That’s reflected in the team’s success on the ice.
In Arizona, I can’t see anyone filling the role at the moment. Same thing in Anaheim, Seattle, Philly and Chicago…
In Vancouver, I think it’s only a matter of time before Elias Pettersson is given the role. In Winnipeg, I think Kyle Connor has what it takes to wear the “C” on his sweater.
But for the other clubs named above… I think we’ll have to wait and see who their next captain will be.
– There will be some nice pieces available next summer. And, Kent Hughes should have room under the payroll to manoeuvre as he pleases.
Auston Matthews, Sebastian Aho and Steven Stamkos are just some of the superstars who could hit the unrestricted free agent market next summer.@dixononsports looks ahead to the UFA class of 2024. https://t.co/E4I3N5vuXJ
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 21, 2023
– I’d forgotten about him.
Rehabbing from a knee injury that kept him out for the majority of the 2022-23 season, @Breeze2Greeze is eager to get started with the @EdmontonOilers and reunite with two former teammates: https://t.co/gRAa8sOsXL pic.twitter.com/bT8jFTh7wB
– NHLPA (@NHLPA) July 21, 2023
– It must be special, scoring a goal against Patrick Roy.
ICYMI: Mathieu Dandenault joined @seanrcampbell vs. @MitchyGallo to discuss his time with the @CanadiensMTL and the @DetroitRedWings vs. @Avalanche rivalry in the 90s.
Full interview: https://t.co/RJpKvshABC pic.twitter.com/vIIvXDoy7E
– TSN 690 Radio (@TSN690) July 21, 2023
– Reilly Smith returns to Vegas on January 20.
Reilly Smith was traded to the @penguins after six seasons with the Golden Knights, where he concluded his tenure ranking second and third on the franchise’s all-time goals and points list, respectively.
– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 21, 2023
– The Jays add depth to their lineup.