Habs' sniper Max Pacioretty says he'll do his part to fill the team's leadership void for the upcoming season — and would be honored if his teammates voted to give him the captain's 'C'.
The captaincy was left vacant when Brian Gionta left the team to sign a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Joining Gionta in Buffalo next season will be Josh Gorges, who had been an assistant captain with the Canadiens.
Pacioretty told TSN 690's Tony Marinaro on Monday that both he and his freshly re-signed teammate P.K. Subban are ready to assume more prominent leadership positions with the team in 2014-15.
"We briefly touched upon being leaders and wearing letters potentially on this team, but at the end of the day everybody on the team wants what's best for the team and if people feel like me or P.K. or someone else would be a good candidate for the captain then I'm 100 percent on board with whatever decision is made.”
And would he like to be the one to wear the 'C'?
"Of course," he says. "I think if you asked every person on our team they'd have the same answer. Of course."
While he says he'd be honored with the 'C', he wouldn't be too crestfallen if someone else got it.
“It would be an absolute honor, but at the end of the day you want what's best for the team, so if the coaches and the players feel that someone else is a better candidate, I'm all on board for that as well.”
Pacioretty is coming off a career season with the Canadiens, scoring 39 goals in 2013-14, and scoring a memorable goal in Game 6 of the team's playoff series with the Bruins, shaking off his nemesis Zdeno Chara in the process.