Of captains and ex-goalies and whatever else comes to mind

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

When I said that Martin would pick a captain when he was ready, I didn't mean that he'd pick one before the end of the training camp. I really don't like this idea at all. I think it's much too early to pick a new captain when everyone is still getting to know each other and still working on establishing their place on the team. While Martin may have an idea of who the leaders are based on what he's seen during the training camp, leaders emerge during adversity (ie. REAL games that count). Not training camp. And not in the pre-season games. Yes, we know what some of these guys are like based on what they did with their previous teams but that was then, on a different team with a different set of guys.

Also, I'm not sure how well Martin picking the captain - versus the team voting for one, which is apparently what the Habs have traditionally done - is going to work. The last thing we need is a pile of resentment from the other players. Apparently the last this time happened was when Gainey got picked to be captain and it didn't go over so well with the players (which makes me wonder why this bit of information isn't coming to Bob's mind?).

The last thing they want to is kill a player's season because of they end up imploding under the pressure of being captain. The media will be all over the new captain for just about everything. From his lack of French (and no, please do not tell me Latendresse or Lapierre will be named captain. I will die of shock if that happenes), to how he plays, to what he eats for breakfast. Do you really want to put that all on a guy when the team is just starting to figure out it's way and when everyone is just figuring out their roles?

I could go on here, but I won't. Instead, we'll move on to another team naming their captain. The Juniors apparently named Nicolas Chouinard as their next captain. I'm probably the only one around here who cares, but oh well. Chouinard is bilingual (GASP) and was acquired by the Juniors earlier this summer via some trade that I seriously can not remember. In the one game that I listened to, he sounded like he had a good game so yeah... the article that I read this in seems to have disappeared along with all the other archived articles so.... I'll come back with more once that's worked out.

And speaking of the Q... Marc Denis has apparently signed with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens...not as the goalie - he's like, what, 15 years too old for that? - but as the goalie coach. Nice to see Denis doing something. I guess. Maybe. Going to miss Flandersdude yelling out Denis' name for some reason. Mind you, I'm just plain missing Flandersdude calling out anyone's name right now. GIMME FLANDERSDUDE RIGHT NOW.


Where were we?

Oh yeah, you probably heard that Philippe Lefebvre got a nice 3 year contract before being shipped back to Drummondville. Very awesome for a guy that didn't get drafted by anybody this year. Congrats! Welcome to the family, etc, etc, etc. Now. If you don't mind, until he becomes a Hab or a Hammie, he's getting blacklisted because he plays for the Voltiwhatsits. Sorry.


Grrrreg said...

I don't care too much about the captaincy thing. Maybe it's just a temporary decision, to give the players some time to know each other better, and to let the leaders emerge. Maybe they'll have a vote in a few months.

Eternal Pessimist said...

Seriously, a rotating captaincy thing like that have/had in Minnesota might not be a bad thing at this point...

Number31 said...

Ya know, they claim Boucher has a lot to do with all the Voltigeur players but uh...wasn't Gui! a Voltigeur way before he even coached that team? Signed Masse before he was even listed as possible Dogs coach too. Helps they're a top Q team and all. I love it when the media pulls facts out of their arses... Same goes for the Captaincy. No one else is making a big deal out of it, just them.

Also I wouldn't put too much weight on that Gainey being named captain and it not going over too well thing. Different eras. The players have a different view from back then, especially that dynasty. And anyway, he was going to be their choice too =p

Eternal Pessimist said...

Hmmm good points...

Still not liking the Voltigeurs although Guy doesn't freak me out anymore which is a good sign =p

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