Who will be the Canadiens captain?

With Brian Gionta leaving for the Buffalo Sabres at the beginning of July, the Montreal Canadiens were left without a captain.

This has now turned into a hot topic amongst the Habs nation, with all fans anxious to know who will become the 29th captain in their teams long history.

Last seasons alternate captains were Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov, and with Gorges being traded to the Sabres, Markov is the only leader left.

He may be considered as the captain, but he plays his role as an alternate very well and there are many other players who could easily step up and fill the role.

Tomas Plekanec seems to be the most wise choice, as the veteran centre will start his 10th season with the team. He is a star player on the ice and due to his long standing work ethic he is well respected amongst the younger players.

However, P.K. Subban also seems very capable to step into the role.

He is the face of the franchise, a Norris trophy winner and has already established as one of the best defenders in the league. This could be his downfall however, as he is already in the public eye enough and has way to many high expectations from the people of Quebec and the wider Habs nation.

There are some noteable superstars who are already captains.

Which includes Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews.

Although, it should be noted that all three of these players are from cities with much lower expectations of their captains. The Montreal Candiens are all that the Province of Quebec has in relation to professional sport out of the four major North American sports. This is why they would previously chose Brian Gionta, a player who was much more of a team leader than a city leader.

There is also the slim chance that the Canadiens will go without a captain as they have in the past (2009-10 season when Saku Koivu left), but this option seems unlikely as they are a team on the verge of making it to the Stanley Cup Final and a favourite to win the Atlantic division as well as the Eastern Conference.

The captain will be named on October 8, but as it stands it seems as if the most reasonable decision would be Tomas Plekanec as captain, with PK Subban and Andrei Markov as the alternates, or Subban as the captain with Plekanec and Markov as the alternates.

Who do you think will become the new captain?

Will they give PK Subban even more of a role than he already has?

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