Gallagher's Blessing

Gallagher's Blessing


Brendan Gallagher has always had a reputation as a good team player. At 30 years old and on the eve of his 11th season in Montreal, Gallagher could have babbled with the choice of Nick Suzuki as captain. But he was far from that reaction. 

Martin St-Louis, Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton did not opt ​​for a transitional captain with a Gallagher or a Joel Edmundson in waiting to offer even more experience to Suzuki. They immediately handed over the destiny of this formation to the youngster to replace Shea Weber. 

“I'm absolutely not disappointed,” Gallagher said. I consider myself lucky to have had this role with the team for a long time as an assistant. Disappointment was not a feeling I felt upon hearing the news. I'm happy for my friend, Suz [Suzuki]. He deserves this chance. I will be there to help. ”

“ Suzie [Suzuki] is very mature for a young player, chained the number 11 on Monday. And the most important thing is that he has the respect of all his teammates inside the dressing room. He is the heartbeat of our team. We couldn't be happier for him. I am happy to share this moment with him. »

No comparison

If he could turn to the mountain man in the past in Shea Weber, Gallagher will now look to Suzuki to talk about leadership within the group. The right winger, however, refused to make any comparisons between Weber and Suzuki. 

“We don't have to compare him with the other captains. Webs wore the “C” for a long time in the NHL. Nick will forge his own path and he will remain himself. I have confidence that he will be a strong captain for this team for a long time to come.”

Nick's Team

Surrounded by nearly 20 reporters for his first appearance at a team golf tournament, Kent Hughes described Gallagher's reaction to the announcement of the team's choice for the next captain. 

“His response was, 'It's Nick's team now. It won't change anything for me, I'm going to remain a leader, “, mentioned the general manager of the Canadiens. 

” impressive “

Like Gallagher, Edmundson had a smile on his face as he talked about his new captain. We'll say he didn't have much of a choice with the amount of cameras in front of him, but there was nothing artificial about his choice of words.

“Nick is calm for his age and it's nice to spend time with him,” said the tall defender. I was not there in his first season, but since my debut in Montreal, he has played a leading role even if he is still a youngster. It's impressive. ”

“There were several moments last season when the team was looking for leadership,” he continued. There were several injured at the same time. In my eyes, the management of the team made the right choice with Nick. Marty [St-Louis] called me last Saturday to let me know that the team was to identify Nick as the captain at the golf tournament. I replied that it was perfect for me. »  

Unanimous Choice 

“If you had voted in the dressing room, I imagine Nick [Suzuki] would have been the choice to become the captain. I'm not surprised. He deserves it. He has a bright future and he will guide this team in the right way. ”

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“It's a well-deserved honor for Nick. I am very happy for him. He always behaves in the right way. We'll want to look at him as a role model. ”

– Cole Caufield, striker

“Well done to Nick. I've been playing with him for two years now. When I started here [in Montreal], he was a little more shy, but he was always among the first in the arena. He learned with Shea [Weber], Gally [Brendan Gallagher] and [Carey] Price. He is ready for this role. ”

– Josh Anderson, striker

“Every night we played the Canadiens, our defenders always had to make sure they knew where Nick was on the ice. I am excited to be on his team now. He's a very smart player both with the puck and without. ”

– Michael Matheson, defenseman

“I'm happy for him. He deserves it. He is extremely mature for his age. For several years now, he has had a fairly significant impact on the team. He will be a very good representative for the organization and the city. ”

– David Savard, defender