One of the biggest offseason questions for Canadiens fans is who will be the team’s next captain?
Columnist Jack Todd believes that Andrei Markov is a fine candidate to replace Brian Gionta, who is now with the Buffalo Sabres. Former Canadiens coach Jacques Demers also believes that Markov is the man to wear the C.
However, Todd doesn’t believe Markov wants the job.
Writes Todd: “Markov has come a long way from the shy guy who wouldn’t say nyet in either Russian or English when I first met him in Moscow in 1999. Back then, Markov was content to stand back and let his Moscow Dynamo teammates, Maxim Afinogenov and Nik Antropov, do all the talking. Since then, a very different Markov has emerged, a highly intelligent observer with a quick, dry wit and a sly grin. Which doesn’t mean that he wants to stand in the room and answer 79 mostly stupid questions from the media horde after every game. (‘Uh, Andrei, would you say the guys were giving it 110 per cent tonight or was it more like 109 per cent?’ ‘Uh, Andrei, how great was Carey Price tonight?’)”
Todd adds: “Don’t get me wrong: I agree with Demers. In the room and on the ice, Markov might be the best choice to replace Brian Gionta as captain. He has the talent, the respect, the calm demeanor, the experience and that mysterious quality of leadership the position demands.”Markov would be (with his buddy, Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals) one of only two Russian captains in the NHL. I just think he’s too smart to take the job.”If the C doesn’t go to Markov, then where does it go?
Todd suggests there are several other good candidates on the Habs roster, including Brandon Prust, P.K. Subban, Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher.
Who would be your pick?
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Markov would make a fine Canadiens captain, by Jack Todd
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