The Montreal Canadiens are without a captain this season due to a long-term injury to Shea Weber.
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With or without the quarterback, the team’s new general manager, Kent Hughes, wants someone to wear the “C” on his jersey next season.
“I do not believe that we will want to enter next season without a captain. How we will decide that is hard to say right now. The trade deadline is approaching. We don’t know what the team is going to be like,” explained the Habs prospect in an interview with TSN on Friday.
Like it or not, Weber’s career seems to be over. The British Colombian has been the official CH captain since 2018-2019, but has not played this season. We have to go back to 2014-2015 to see another campaign where the Canadian played without a “C” carrier. It was then a short transition period between the powers of Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty.
As for future contracts, Hughes confirmed that he had already been approached by other National League CEOs.
Suzuki, a good candidate?
One thing is certain according to the former agent: it takes a leader. At 22 years old (23 in August), is Nick Suzuki the candidate to consider? After all, the organization trusted him by giving him an eight-year, $63 million contract before the start of this season.
If Marc Bergevin’s plan was to build around the young Ontarian, will Hughes go in the same direction?
“The build level is what they have as a hockey player, but he also has those qualities as a person,” the GM said of Suzuki. Everyone I’ve talked to in my few days here has the utmost respect for him as a person and the future leader of this organization. It’s encouraging to hear.”
Among the youngest captains in history, Connor McDavid and Gabriel Landeskog earned the trust of the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche when they were still 19 years old. Suzuki is already more mature, so nothing is impossible.
In hockey alone, Hughes really likes what a center fielder brings.
“I see a player who likes to keep the puck and has a good hockey sense. He has great offensive qualities, but he plays in the width of the ice. He is also very young”, to exasperate the 52-year-old.