Gionta to be named Habs captain: report

According to published reports, Brian Gionta will be named the 28th captain of the Canadiens.

He would replace Saku Koivu, who was the last to wear the C for the bleu, blanc, rouge.

The Canadiens played last season without a captain.


  1. adamkennelly says:

    thats not really the point now is it….

  2. fbkj says:

    i was just busting balls

    on twitter

    while striking

  3. Kooch7800 says:

    I really hope markov stays in Montreal.  They should negotiate now while they can.  I am sure that they want to see how he recovers first though.  I would love to see him as a lifetime Hab

  4. mike g says:

    I’m talking only about sports coverage….

    If you want stories and concrete facts, the Gazette wins.

    If you want stats, and boxscores, etc… Then it’s Journal de Montreal.

    La Presse, I don’t read it that much. But I know I’ve read it a few times, and it always seemed like a paper with an edge. I found they try to keep the reader hooked to their articles, but sometimes you can tell they’re just seeking attention.

    I personally trust almost all Gazette sports writers (Jack Todd’s a little odd). They know their stuff, don’t jump the gun, and report facts. The other newspaper outlets aren’t always as accurate, not saying they’re terrible, but they report rumors. And a rumor is not news, it’s a rumor.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    La Presse has some good and some not so good opinion columns.

    It’s overall a  better paper than the Gazette – a testament to the cultural decline of the Montreal Anglo community. The Gazette’s reporting is good, but the cultural stuff is just dire.

  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hear hear.

    You’re right on all counts.


  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    Biz-Nasty is from Ontario.

  8. notbigbird says:

    Wouldn’t we be surprised, if he said that he hoped Marky took his sweet time getting back?

  9. Paulin98C says:

    I will however restart everythnig once Tinordi and most importantly the next french superstar in the making Leblanc are in their junior teams.

  10. ManApart says:

    ……says Reggie Houle to Sam Pollock

  11. MTLForever says:

    J.Martin “we’re very encouraged with the way markov’s been recovering and skating. We’re hoping to have him back as soon as possible.

  12. DONJUAN says:

    I said it from day one Gionta for captain.  Great choice MONTREAL we will have heart and never die attitude for our leader.

    In HABS we trust.

  13. mike g says:

    LOL, yaa…..

    But the Leafs botch everything.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  14. W35T5ID3 says:

    breaking news//////\\\\\\\\\\\\\\pk subban is the captain in my eyes.I dont givea crrap wut age he’s at or w/e….HE’S THE FRIGGGIN MAN!

  15. mike g says:


    Often I just joke around and poke fun at certain issues on this site. The day has to pass somehow, right.

    But please, don’t tell me you trust anything published in those articles until it’s confirmed by the team? I know however, that when the Gazette publishes something, they’ve done their homework and it will not turn out to be bs. When I saw the La Presse this morning, I didn’t believe it. I said, “ah, I’ll go check a few sites and then I’ll believe it”.

    That’s not the sound of a credible news source, is it?

    But hey, if they did their homework and knew it was a solid, 100% confirmed story, then fine. Good for them, they did their jobs. 


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  16. habs4ever2894 says:

    Im so proud that the canadiens have a guy like Brian Gionta as captain of this team. Some here feel as though Cammy or georges would have been better choices but i disagree completly. Cammalleri can be a leader but he just doesnt have the stature of a captain sometimes he is a little cocky for my liking however he is a great goalscorer and a good team guy. Josh Georges is just too young to be given the captaincy although he acts mature in front of the media and lays it all on the line on the ice, i still think he has a while before he can be can be looked up to by teammates. Brian gionta is a rolemodel, he works hard every game, is not overly outspoken and just has the overall demeanor of a captain. I think he can be one of the best in years and by the end of his captaincy we will be putting him in the same category as the greats(beliveau , Koivu….)

  17. adamkennelly says:

    you would argue incorrectly.  Lapierre in the category of Neil, Carcillo?  even Avery can back up his mouth a lot better than Lapierre.

    this team needs a player or 2 who create some respect from our opponents – and we don’t have any – Lapierre actually contributes to the problem.

    The Laraque experiment failed miserably because he was injured and washed up – not because the team didn’t need him – he just couldnt do the job.  This team could really use a Clarkson, Rupp, Neil, Prust – maybe all of em.

    Here’s my idea – go get a “local” player or 2 who can fill that bout Paul Bisonette or maybe P3L from NJ…now you kill 2 birds with one stone.



  18. avatar_58 says:

    This happened to the leafs and phaneuf, the news came out before the conference. News is news.

  19. joshua94k says:

    A captain is one who leads by example, provides leadership in the room and on ice, shows up every game, makes the important play and/or scores timely goals. He should be a member of the team for the next few years and highly respected off the ice. In these criteria my choice would be :

    1. Mike Cammallerie 2. Brian Gionta and 3. Josh Georges

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammallerie

  20. Propwash says:

    Good on Gionta, it was pretty much inevitable he was going to get the captaincy anyway.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  21. lavie says:

    Like I said, I wrote Gionta on one side of the coin with Gio on the other side.

  22. DearyLeary says:

    Perfect choice, I hpe the rumour is true.

  23. Mattyleg says:

    Heh heh, everyone’s got their axes to grind, eh?


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  24. MTLForever says:

    Things from twitter:


    Geoff molson confirms that a #Habs captain has yet to be named but will be before the start of the season.


  25. mike g says:

    Didn’t the Habs say they would announce it?

    I clearly remember Gauthier saying that, and unless La Presse was baught out by Molson, then this was not announced by the Habs.

    Who knows, maybe the Habs botched it and let the news leak and now we all know. Or, maybe certain people were told to keep their mouths shut, and they couldn’t.

    All I know is that it woulda been nice for everyone to wait for the official live announcement from the Habs.

    Bope, maybe it’s just the morning and I’m bored, and I’m complaining for nothing.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  26. Mattyleg says:

    Mike, unfortunately, you’re the one who always plays the ‘language issue’ card on this site. This is not the first time you’ve taken an issue and turned it into a language thing.

    This is not the forum for this kind of bs. Take your hating elsewhere, and talk about hockey here, please.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  27. davelecave says:

    The stereotypical goon of yesteryear no longer exists in the NHL.  They are simply not effective enough within the new rules.  Ten years ago they could do their thing, while making up for their lack of ability by hooking, holding, tripping, etc.  With those things being called much more closely, and with the powerplay as important as it is today, there is no room on a team for someone like a Georges Laraque, unless that person can contribute. 


    Goons don’t survive in today’s NHL, but pests flourish.  They’re different, in that they usually don’t have the overwhelming size, and that given a few seconds with the puck, they can actually make things happen.  Look at Carcillo, Avery, Neil.  These are the types of players that can rattle the opposition without the team’s skill level taking a big hit.


    I would argue that we already have that kind of prototype pest in Maxime Lapierre, only he needs to do a little less talking and a little more scoring.



    Papa Gionta!

  28. Propwash says:

    OByrne has been pretty good at chuckin’ knuckles.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  29. Dr-Watson says:

                    Here is another “brilliant” thought. Maybe you should be the next P.M. of Canada.

  30. mike g says:

    I like better this: who will finish higher, Tampa or MTL….?

    I can picture this debate gettin’ real nasty. You’ll have a bunch of Boucher, Yzerman, Gainey, Gauthier, etc……Like the good ol days.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  31. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t think there was any bad motive here, they knew we wanted to know and they simply shared. If they didn’t someone else would have.

  32. mike g says:

    Maybe, just maybe….

    Look I just can’t stand anything they publish or blabb about on the air. They just come across as arrogant and self protecting people. It’s like they feel everyone is out the get them, and eliminate the french language, make the Habs an english speaking team only, etc…

    They always start the dumbest debates on the radio, and each one always has to spin into a language issue. It’s sad and pathetic. Then they’ll have “breaking news”, and it will turn out to either be a lie or something totally irrelevant. But in the end, all they’re doing is crying for attention.

    There are many people in the media that I respect, and none of them ever do half the dumb stuff that the french media does. The Gazette never makes fun of the Habs players, and they never have cartoon comics to make fun of the players. Mitch Melnick never comes out with language debates or those famous “breaking news” stories. Same goes for the guys in the morning on the Team 990, they’re not biased towards the english players. When someone has a good game, they say it. When someone has a bad game, they say it.

    But meanwhile CKAC is still protesting the Latendresse trade, and they claim he never had one bad/lazy shift playing with the Habs.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  33. ESundy36 says:

    I never, ever thought I would see the day where I would be able to actually cheer for a BC grad but Gionta has done it. Now I hope he will mimic what he did at BC, lead a team with a long championship drought to the title.

  34. RGM says:

    Officially, that’s true. But, umm, isn’t it spelled Geoff?

    Go Habs Go!

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    OK, next debate.

    How about this: do we need a goon?

  36. HabFanSince72 says:

    The French media are out to get you.


  37. Mattyleg says:

    Always a reason to be angry, eh?

    I have no problem with this.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  38. mike g says:

    That’s what I was thinking…

    They wanted to keep it secret and unveil the captain today, or when the teams full roster is announced.

    But, thanks to the franch media’s persistent need to always break news stories, whether they’re true or total bs, the Habs’ plan to keep everyone in suspense was botched.

    Thanks alot La Presse, way to ruin someone else’s plan. But all that matters is that they sold a couple more papers today and got some free advertising for their name.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  39. Bill H says:

    Good choice for Captain. I am glad the decision has been made as we can now focus on issues of more consequence…like who is better – Halak or Price – just kidding!

    Seriously, there are several players who are deserving and would do an admirable job, among them Cammi, Gorges, etc.  But I like the choice because Gio is under contract for several years, he puts in a great effort every game, and he is well respected and liked by the players.

    Now let’s get Markov extended for 4 more years.  I can understand the delay due to Markov’s knee.  I hope management has been in touch with Markov and his agent and expressed a desire to get it done by Xmas after seeing how Markov responds to the surgery.

    I am quite optimistic with our team.  No doubt we will encounter a few obstacles along the way.  But I think management has done a good job of clearing out the distractions and working with the cap space available.  Several underperformers from last year will take it up a notch and as a result, we won’t be fighting for a playoff spot at the end of the season.  We will be fighting for home ice advantage.

  40. mike g says:

    Should have been Lapierre, or Darche….


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  41. Malreg says:

    From the Canadiens official twitter page:

    CanadiensMTL Jeff molson confirms that a #Habs captain has yet to be named but will be before the season begins


  42. RGM says:

    Golf tourney is today – don’t be surprised if that’s the big unveiling.

    Go Habs Go!

  43. otter649 says:

    Good choice for the captain but just have a press conference asap & make it offical…….

  44. RGM says:

    As somebody said below, miracles can happen.

    This is a great moment for the team, and as we’re all fans it’s something that’s easy to get on board to support.

    Go Habs Go!

  45. fbkj says:

    heh now im concerned about gio being named if you agree with it, considering how your never right about anything ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. habinypsi says:

    Holy Cow Harmony on the HIO boards.

    I like Gio for capt.

  47. habs33 says:

    Most important statement point you make, “I think the players will play for him and respect him.”


  48. Gil says:

    I think a main reason Markov didn’t get the nod over Gio is because of his uncertainty next season. Who wants to give the C away just to see this whole debacle happen again next season?

  49. Mattyleg says:

    Happy with this, and more importantly, I think the players will play for him and respect him.

    Markov will still have respect and people will listen to what he says in the room, but Gio can deal with the media.

    Now all he has to do is learn French, and EVERYONE’S happy!!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  50. pierre lapuck says:

    Great choice, a leader who does not make wreckless statements or a media hog (see Diane Fanoof), a proven winner with great credentials.  I also agree with the above mentioned choices for the A.

  51. SnowManHabs85 says:

    Good, this guy stands up tall with his heart on the ice.

  52. Paulin98C says:

    DP, I Michael J Fox that button earlier…

  53. Paulin98C says:

    Just purchased NHL11 for X360 last night. GREAT game! Pre-season is an excellent addition!

    I started my “BE A GM”(game play dif: allstar / gm skill: medium) after the draft as the 2010 drafted players are already with their team. My first preseason game, I had the bulldogs pretty much as my roster and made cuts, on the 4th and last pre season game I had my full roster.









    *Picard, O’Byrne

    Wild card on this team is Palushaj, rated at a mere 73 overall, the guy produced big time in 4 pre-seasons games (3G-4A)…he has good speed and a decent shot!

    Eller being a 75 overall, bigger but slower just didnt respond well to my controls…centering 1st line on the dogs.

    Just can’t wait to get off of work now to get regular season on the go!

  54. RGM says:

    Great selection. Truly deserving. Bring out the leadership group at the tourney today!

    Go Habs Go!

  55. ManApart says:

    Gio would have been my pick. Who would have guessed that Management  could finally get something right. Miracles can happen.

  56. Kooch7800 says:

    I agree this is a great choice.  Too be honest, it says something when you have about 5 players that are all derserving of the C.

    I was secretly hoping it was going to be Markov as an insurance he will be back after this season.

    Congrats to Gio.  He has earned it his whole career

  57. BJT says:

    Woulda loved it if Gorges were captain, still proud to have Gio as the leader though.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry..
    ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  58. adam76 says:

    Great choice!


    Gorges should get an A.

  59. geo_habsgo says:

    I think it’s inevitable that Gorges be given an A. With Gionta as captain I see the A’s going to Gomez, Gill, Markov, Gorges, and Cammie interchangeably.


    But goshdarnit I really thought Laraque had the chops to captain this club. Dreams be dreams.

  60. SmartDog says:

    Further proof of the wisdom of crowds I guess.  He’s media savvy for sure.  I woulda picked Cami. But that’s me.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  61. geo_habsgo says:

    I think it would have been much of a distraction for him. He already focuses on the media attention a lot, I think it would prove to be overwhelming for him when it became an expectation for him. It would possibly detract from his game. I like him as a very outspoken but very productive member of the team. Gionta is very much like Koivu in the respect that he never quits, makes his teammates better and seems like a genuine guy off the ice. Great choice by the management though definitely a guy the team can rally around.

  62. SeriousFan09 says:

    Congrats to Gio, he earned it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  63. CP31 says:

    Never mind La Presse, apparently it’s a done deal! When your GM “tweets” the following, it’s safe to say GIO is our new CAPTAIN…………….CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Sucks for Cammy but GIO is a great choice!

    “Brian Gionta has been a positive force both on and off the ice since joining the team. This is a proud time for him and the organization”

    Time to stitch the “C” on my GIO jersey!! Hell ya!!


  64. habs33 says:

    If indeed this was a choice of the management then great job, Gio! However, I, like most fans, would’ve liked the players to choose their captain.

    Also, a part of me would like to see this be a pre-game announcement but then two things popped to mind, a) we start the season on the road (in TO no less!) and b) we’ve had two years of pre-game ceremonies and they didn’t always work for the best.

    Good idea to keep this announcement blue collar and avoid all the hoopla.


  65. Number31 says:

    From what I heard in the various interviews since the end of last season, the players would have most likely voted for him anyway!

  66. habs33 says:

    I agree with your selection of A’s.

    You’re not serious with your dreams of a C on Laraque’s jersey, right?


  67. avatar_58 says:

    Good for him! I will wear my Gio t-shirt proudly :)

  68. Clay4bc says:

    Great choice…and I’m glad they took a year off out of respect for Saku. Gionta is a great leader, and well deserving.


    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    — George Orwell —

  69. coachdoug says:

    Good Choice…Experienced guy…has won a Cup…gives full effort every shift…

    Cammy is a leader but he does not need the distraction of the C…he just needs to pile up the points.

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  70. habs33 says:

    Yeah that sounds about right. Last year at this time there was so much talk about the team “gelling”, and now we’re fresh from a deep run in the playoffs, with a well respected captain and a lot of potential.

    I expect great things on October 7th!


  71. mike g says:


    Who do the “A’s” go to?







    My choices, Markov and Georges. I think Cammy and Gomez have enough pressure to perform, whether it be goalscoring or living up to a contract big enough to buy the whole world. They can always be leaders, just without the visual proof. Markov deserves it, basically he’s our Russian cop. And Georges, simply because I think he’d jump infront of a bus to save anyone.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  72. madcap_habsfan says:

    The A’s are Markov and Gorges i think


    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  73. avatar_58 says:

    If I had to guess I bet Markov and Gill.

  74. Matt_in_TO says:

    Very happy that Gio is getting the C but I wonder how long before the language issue surfaces, again.


    – In Price We Trust

  75. Paulin98C says:

    “Is that jersey of yours a Gionta with the C? lol

  76. madcap_habsfan says:

    I just watched an interview with Gionta and someone asked him if he’d get a tutor and he jokingly replied his son , it’s always an issue it takes no time at all usually


    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  77. Castor says:

    Well. The Canadiens ARE a plot by Federalists against Quebec….right? 




  78. mrhabby says:

    great choice. hard worker , experienced and media savvy player.

  79. mike g says:


    He ain’t no Jason Spezza when it comes to interviews….


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  80. madcap_habsfan says:

    it’s not weird that Price refers to Pierre Gauthier as P.G…..oh and his message to all of us is that we have a great team and were going to have fun ๐Ÿ˜›

    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  81. Dr-Watson says:

                   PG’s ego gives a limited number of people that “privilege” and what did you expect him to say!

  82. Woah_Dana says:

    Good on Gionts. I think he’ll make us proud.


    GO HABS!

  83. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Excellent choice. Congratulations Gionta!

  84. mike g says:

    I think his age and the 1 year left on Gill’s contract kills the idea.

    I too think he’d fit the bill, but it wouldn’t be a great idea to have him get an A and then not be re-signed. Unless they know something we don’t know, which is quite possible, then I’d rather hand it to Georges or Cammy right away.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  85. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah but A’s are never permanent, they move around all the time. Nothing wrong with giving Gill an A for this season.

  86. Castor says:

    Is GIO the first American Captain?

    Oh, as I was typing it I remembered Chelios.

  87. StevieRay says:

    2nd .. Chris Chelios was the first

  88. Harani says:

    Renaud Lavoie reports that Roman Hamrlik will be out 2 to 3 weeks. Knee. He injured himself this summer

    P.K.! P.K.! P.K.! and who else?

    .“It must be love!”

  89. madcap_habsfan says:

    I just heard that too, P.K. for sure who knows who else though

    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  90. Mark C says:

    O’Byrne and Alexandre Picard would likely fill in, assuming Markov is still out.

  91. avatar_58 says:

    Oh come on :( I wanted an injury-less season…

  92. namgel says:

    I think Montreal should just separate and join Ontario…Then Ontario can have an NHL franchise ! 

  93. HardHabits says:

    Montreal should be its own province. One Island, One Province!!!

  94. RGM says:

    You mean he doesn’t have a goofy grin on his face all the time?

    Go Habs Go!

  95. fbkj says:

    hes still pretty abbrasive, says um too much

  96. Harani says:

    That’s why pre-season becomes all the more important. Alexandre Picard? Weber?

    P.K. – Spacek

    Gill – Gorges

    O’Byrne – ???

    “It must be love!”

  97. Corio says:

    My guess was right!  Excellent choice!

  98. StevieRay says:

    Nice to have this outta the way .. now the ” A’s ” …Markov,Gill and Pleks although I’d like to see Gorges 

  99. MTLForever says: – Gionta-I read the news today too. I’d be honored to be captain, but nothing’s been announced. #Habs
    less than 5 seconds ago via Twitter for BlackBerryยฎ

  100. JD_ says:

    The Rochester Rocket’s gone ‘n’ done good. If on June 30th, 2009, you had told me Brian Gionta would not only be a Hab, but also the next Habs’ captain, well, I woulda told you sumpin’, crazy man.

    I Born A Giant, indeed.

    My understandin’ is Gionta will eagle the par-3 5th hole and, with everyone watchin’ as he leans over to retrive the ball, he’ll instead pull the C out the cup and hold it up while tippin’ his visor to the smatterin’ of applause.

  101. madcap_habsfan says:

    Josh Gorges is awesome , very well spoken , well liked by us fans as far as i know :) He definaetly desreves an A

    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  102. avatar_58 says:


    Still I bet it came from high up and slipped out. Gio will be the C

  103. Storm Man says:

    The plot by the federalists against Quebec is coming full circle as the Canadiens are going to name a American captain. I love it when a plan comes together.

  104. joeybarrie says:

    I still want to see a ceremony… Beliveau passing the torch. Something like that. Last time something like this happened didn’t we beat Boston 5-0????

    Let’s start our season off like that.

    As for the A’s. There are too many guys on our team to decide. Gorges, Gill, Markov, Cammalleri and PRICE. OK so I just put Price in there to piss a few people off…  But we do have alot of great leaders on this team. HOWEVER, I do believe it will be Gill and Markov.

    When will next week come? I can’t wait. It’s been WAY TOO MANY MONTHS and we left on such a high….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  105. MTLForever says:

    Haha ya, something slipped early.

  106. G-Man says:

    Habs have 4 or even 5 good to great candidates to be captain.

    Gionta, Gomez, Cammi, Pleks, Markov, Gorges, and even Gill. There is a lot of character in that last sentence and in the room. Time will tell whether this edition succeeds or not, but I am firmly in the “very low expectations” corner.

    The team is not physical enough to get past teams like the Flyers. Speed is fine and dandy during the regular season. That is taken away in the playoffs by tougher checking and more attention paid to scorers; even if the Habs make it.


  107. RGM says:

    Run it by Burkie to see if the Leafs would be cool with us doing a ceremony in their barn.

    There’s no need for another grandiose ceremony for these guys. They’ve done enough of that in the last year and a half. Just let them go out and play some hockey.

    Go Habs Go!

  108. HardHabits says:

    That was the issue during the regular season as well. Habs played very well against the elite scoring teams and failed miserably against the more robuste teams. If that changes during the regular season it will change during the playoffs as well.

  109. fbkj says:

    weve just ended a year of patting ourselves on the back with ceremonies, enough already

  110. mike g says:

    BTW guys, Kevin Weeks was the one who 1st broke this captaincy story…

    If any of youy guys remember, he said Brian Gionta should and would be captain of this team, last year on NHL on the Fly. I remember it because I laughed so much at how he said it. It was after game 1 of the season when we beat Toronto in OT, and he was analyzing the game when he said:

    ” Brian Cionta (See-on-tah) is the Habs’ real captain. That’s right folks, Cionta, not Gionta, because he should have the C on his jersey.”

    Coming from Kevin Weeks, I laughed so much. Only he could say something like that. But the dude was right….


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  111. madcap_habsfan says:

    Good on Gomez for busting out the french in his interview, highly impressive for a good old american boy i must say :|)



    -“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.” Chuck Palahniuk

  112. habsfan0 says:

    Why not make Carey Price captain? We all know how well that experiment worked in Vancouver.

  113. SmartDog says:

    You don’t need a goon like Pronger or Phaneuf in the line-up to be
    tough.  You need character (which we have a lot of) and a handful of
    well muscled guys who won’t back down.  The Habs WILL be tougher with PK in the line up every night, a gritty and smart guy like Halpern around and O’Byrne a year older.  Tough enough?  Hard to say, but I think the team is moving in the right direction.  One or two more toughness upgrades and we could be looking pretty mean.


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  114. mike g says:

    True dis….very true…

    And what alot of people don’t realise is how a playoff run like we had last spring makes everyone gel. Everyone grows together, and becomes brothers with everyone on the team. You don’t go deep in the playoffs if you don’t care about your teammates.

    I’m positive that run helped our guys become a tight group, and whether or not they’re 7 feet tall, they’ll all stick up for eachother.

    In the end, it’s not whether you won the little fights or not, it’s about showing up. And this group of guys looks like they’re at the door waiting, they’ve already showed up. They don’t seem like they’re a group of guys that will crumble and not stick up for eachother like some of our teams in the past.



    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  115. joeybarrie says:

    Valid point. HOWEVER, we have had few captains than years in the NHL. I’m not a big fan of ceremonies. But for our Captain, for me its different.

    I feel like I missed something. Can you imagine the feeling Gio would get, having the flame passed to him by Beliveau? Can’t tell me you don’t want to see that…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  116. 123456 says:

    two very nice posts, a nice relief.


    secret mod

  117. Bugs says:

    Canadiens have a better sense of spectacle than that.

    They’ll replace Gio’s first tee-off ball with a firework which, upon impact, will rocket up into the air and explode into a red, white’n’blue C to the oohs and ahs of the gathered.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  118. mike g says:

    Yah, thanks…

    The offseason has really gotten to me. Been kinda edgy the past couple of days, really sarcastic, etc…

    This attitude I have due to the lack of hockey, and relevant hockey talk, might just be a medical condition…

    We can call it Habless.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  119. HABZ24 says:

    gionta is a good pick for captain. he is a vet with experience and leads on the ice as well. i wonder when markov will be ready to go.

  120. mike g says:

    No song?

    C’mon Bugs, you gotta include a song in that ball. Explosion, fireworks, ouu’s and aahh’s, and a song.

    Which song, buddy?


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  121. punkster says:

    Nice to see the Positive SD here Rob :)

    Good dog. Here’s a cookie.


  122. longtimehabsfan says:

    Solid choice.  Small guy who goes to the net.  Good example for the rest of the players.

  123. SeriousFan09 says:

    Been trawling YouTube for hockey highlights all summer, compliation vids, Top 10s of the best players, massive Forsberg and Lemeiux highlight setups, Datsyuk’s magic and more.

    That and a trio of Stanley Cups on NHL 10 under Captain Gionta, anything to stave off the lack of hockey.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  124. mike g says:

    And you know…

    That’s why I had no problem with Price sticking his stick out at a Caps players in the playoffs last year. Everyone went crazy and said he’s immature, and it was a stupid thing to do.

    Well I’m sorry, who won that series again?

    Now I’m not saying that it was Price’s little slash to that Caps player that won us the series, but it’s often a mixture of little things like that that can piss off the opposition and get them off their game.

    For me, that play was a show of emotion from someone who was sitting on the bench and said, “My team is getting killed and humiliated out there, I HAVE to do something even if I’m sitting on the bench.”

    That’s called caring. You can think it was dumb, but I don’t see it like that. Carey could have easily pouted and cried on that bench, seeing he had become the teams backup goalie. He could have shut up and said nothing, and not cared, and just waited for elimination.

    But instead, he did something because he cared. That’s what being a team is about. Doing anything possible to win and stand up for your players.

    I really think Carey will carry that into this year, and we might just be witnessing this kid growing up into what we all know he can be.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  125. Max_a_million says:

    Yawn …

    There is just too much getting along in here, quite boring.

    Although I love Gionta, I feel the need to introduce some venom to make things interesting.  It’s becoming the nod in agreement sycophant club. 

    Here goes nothing:

    Gionta is a tiny little boober.  Our captain should be bigger, tougher, and score more goals.  if I was GM I would pick Vinny LeCavalier as captain.  So there!!!   ;-p


    โ€Last season we couldn’t win at home and we were losing on the road. My failure was that I couldn’t think of any place else to play.โ€ – Harry Neale

  126. SmartDog says:

    I agree. For some reason players seem to get away with a lot in front of Price.  Price is big.  I know you need your goalie to be disciplined but the next time someone blatantly runs him he should just land on the guyand come down with his blocker on his face. 

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  127. Storm Man says:

    Add to the fact Gionta is not french or Canadian, that should add some gas to your fire.

  128. Ian Cobb says:

    He will also lead us down St. Cathrine street with the silver ware in the spring!!!

  129. SmartDog says:

    Thanks for the cookie!

    Hey, I’m balanced… when there are good things I’ll say it.  I do think this team could be a step up this year, PK’s arrival on the scene being an important part of that.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop!

  130. Max_a_million says:

    Here is hoping to enough mild injuries that our old guys are fresh for the playoffs, and so the JM has no choice but to play O’Byrne 70+ games and the let the kid grow and make some mistakes without looking over his shoulder. 

  131. mike g says:

    Alright, Stevie Y…

    Vinny’s already your captain, and were not trading you Gionta. You’ve already taken half our team, staff, etc…


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  132. Max_a_million says:

    Dirty fricken American probably drinks Cokes, hates Gordon Lightfoot, and put ketchup on his French Fries. 

    Those Baaaassssstards!!!! 

    Is Rochester even in the United States???  Sounds like a place the communist have taken over.  Definitely the worst Chuck E. Cheese I have ever been too!!!

  133. Ian Cobb says:

    Quebec is starting to figure out that they live in a global economy now in all aspects of life . Divide and conquer philosophy works no longer.

    Getting along with all people and having respect for all cultures, just like we do here on HIO is so much more rewarding.

  134. Bugs says:

    Look over his shoulder at who?

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  135. habs001 says:

    hopefully he does not break into birks 

  136. Bugs says:

    I dare you to say that to Gio himself now. 5’7, right? Should be no problem. Just tell’m he’s a little boober who isn’t tough enough and can’t score like a captain.

    If you don’t lose any teeth, you’ll’ve convinced me.


    Pristine teeth, I wanna see.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  137. Bugs says:

    In English, though. Cuz this is an English site. All get along, all respect, all rewarding. And all in English, cuz, well, that’s how it is.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  138. habs001 says:

    markov may be a great player but what teams expect in todays multi media age from their caprain  he does not have that capability…

  139. alestar says:

    Gionta for Captain works for me…



    XXIV…and counting

  140. Rugger says:

    They do have the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester though!

  141. petrov14 says:

    I hope its true, Gionta would be great. Although I will have to change my tag line  ๐Ÿ˜›

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  142. Max_a_million says:

    I dare say the one thing I could do is beat Gionta in a fight, but I am not messing with our Captain silly.  I would just be all blubbery and sycophanty around him, heck he can have my teeth if he wants them. 

  143. lefreak says:


    i think that is his best shot at silverware this year!

  144. Max_a_million says:

    Generally ‘the bench’ or ‘the pressbox’

  145. Max_a_million says:

    Canadiens don’t even believe in dinosaurs, do your homework!

  146. Bugs says:

    6’4, 220lbs or not, I reckon Papa Smurf could fold you up like a pretzel, box you up, and send you home to momma afore you even had time to pull out your measurin tape. And I would put money on that.

    But that was a nice save anyway, I gotta hand it to ya.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  147. Storm Man says:

    Ian I so wish what you said in your post was true. But it is not each time I go back to Montreal I hear the divide and conquer talk all the time the Referendum word is always in play I debate with my mother all time and she says the Habs are not french enough ect ect.( BTW she is 100 percent french) I understand the respect for all cultures as I have friends from all walks of life. Maybe Gilles Duceppe should try and have some respect for all cultures that live in Quebec, but he won’t as he is fixing for another referendum. Life is very rewarding when you don’t see things black and white.

  148. Ian Cobb says:

    Even people that speak rabbit on here we read and try to understand.

  149. HabsFanInTampa says:

    They have the world famous “Garbage Plate” from Nick Tahou’s.

  150. gloveside says:

    I’m surprised BG and PG didn’t make Price captain, but Gionta works for me.

  151. gloveside says:

    Quebec, maybe, but the Quebec media will never accept that – they need the divide to sell papers and keep viewers and listeners – it’s all about the benjamins [as they say in the US].

  152. LA Loyalist says:

    Your tagline is hilarious. I had forgotten that quote. 

    Vinny for captain, you could start a campaign and get attacked by almost everyone!


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  153. LA Loyalist says:

    When did we start respecting and getting on with each other? Did I miss that post?

    Man it isn’t easy keeping up with HIO when you have a job and a wife and kid and a drinking schedule to meet.


    To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  154. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    They should wait until January 22nd when Anaheim comes to town so that Saku could do the honours :-)

    (Did I mention I’ll be in the stands at that game?!? Lucked out last Saturday and got tickets, gonna make the train trip from Toronto, sooooooooo excited)

  155. LA Loyalist says:

    You’ve got to make a move like that from a cool strategic place. Price was just reacting, and that’s where the immaturity comes in.

    The ultimate example of a strategic hit is the famous Kovalev one are Darcy Tucker, or you may remember Dougie Gilmour (as a hab) destroying a Buffalo Sabres player who ran Theodore (and we had no one who did anything).

    As much as I like Gionta, I was concerned about him as captain until I thought of Doug Gilmour, who I would take as captain anywhere, anytime. Not big but with the heart of a lion. 

    Let’s cheer him on. And let’s hope Price has grown up over the summer.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  156. LA Loyalist says:

    Let’s not start a trend here with the warm and fuzzy. Sheesh.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  157. Habziefan09 says:

    Happy with the Choice… It is out of respect for him that I refer to him as Captain Weeman ๐Ÿ˜€ 


    Just remember the Crest on the front is more important than the nationality and language of the name on the back!


    Confucius says: “Baseball has it all wrong, Man with 4 balls cannot walk!”

  158. Nina76 says:

    It is nice to be warm & fuzzy for a change it does not hurt a bit.nice posts above, also enjoy something constructive.I hate bashing it is not needed here. ………………OKAY GUYS LET”S PLAY GIVE IT ALL YOU HAVE GOT……………….Forget the PQ to think that they get paid mega amounts of money for STUPID COMMENTS like that.I say SPEAK THE LANGUAGE YOU WANT TO who the heck cares, they are just trying to get under our skin & they won’t get under mine.Can you imagine if they ever got in to power what a mess we would be in.All I want is for Habs to win games because for sure we would be on the bottom with more Quebec players with NO SKILL. On the poll taken to-nite the vote was 88 against 18 yes, so put that in your pipe & smoke it PQ………………GO HABS GO!!!!!!!

  159. rocketsglare says:

    YES!! My favorite Habs is now captain of my beloved Canadiens.

    I am so stoked. Can’t wait to see the “C” on Gionta’s sweater.


    Go Habs Go!

  160. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Good pick!

  161. redgorf says:


    I dont know how they chose or name a captain.I would hope its aman that can motivate some players who are just wating for the season to be over so they can go back to  their  home country, and enjoy their star status.

  162. redgorf says:


    All who bashed C.Price last season and know ,may have to eattheir words, if so they should be proud enough to donate 50dollars to their favorate charity to redeem them selfs.

  163. G-Man says:

    No, it’s all the Americans’ fault! (joke- for those with extremely thin skin)

  164. Dr-Watson says:

                     Do you have any other “intelligent” ideas!

  165. Storm Man says:

    Hmmmm and what becomes with the rest of Quebec?

  166. fbkj says:

    they can continue being self detrimental while we get back on track as a world class city

  167. Bill J says:

    There was a rumour this summer that Toronto wanted to become it’s own province.

    So if they can, I say Montreal can as well.


  168. Storm Man says:

    Perfect I would move back to Montreal in a heartbeat if that would happen :)

  169. Storm Man says:

    Great when the referendum on the matter of Montreal becoming it’s own province happens I will vote…. YES.

  170. fbkj says:

    plz bring with you bussloads of our displaced talent…

  171. Bugs says:

    I could dig that. Six official languages. French, English. Italian , Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

    We could call our team the “Multicultural Metropolitans,” you know? United Humans of North-America. UHNA.

    Oh, man, that would be so friggin boss! Habba Akbar!!!

    Oh yeah, I’m in.

    Reprovingly reproof-proof, here sits

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant Head Honcho to what goes down in Chinatown, Big Cheese at Flannelcorp Media, and Lead Copy-boy at Habsbros Hard Data Factory:

  172. Bill J says:

    Agreed – I too would move back to Montreal in a heartbeat if that would happen.


  173. Mattyleg says:

    WOW. What a sh*tty province that would be.

    So goddamn boring…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  174. LA Loyalist says:

    How about “French – English – Chinese – Egyptian – Spanish ” FECES for short.


    I know, I know. Need hockey.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

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