Captain America: Can Brian Gionta Survive As Montreal Canadiens Captain?

September 29th, 2010 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »
In a city where the press and the fans love to eat their own young alive, the life expectancy of the new Montreal Canadiens’ captain looks short. Once a sinecure for hall of famers the Montreal Canadiens’ captaincy has become an electric chair.

During the 90’s les habitants worked their way through six captains who were all traded away. Chris Chelios was made the first American born co-captain with Carbonneau, and a year later he was off to Chicago in the Dennis Savard trade. Carbonneau was left as sole captain but then, in the midst of a scandal, was dumped to St Louis for Jim Montgomery.  Then it was Muller to the Islanders for Turgeon and Keane to Colorado in the Patrick Roy deal. Finally Turgeon himself was sent to the Blues for Shayne Corson. Vincent Damphousse hung on for three years, but then was traded to the Sharks for a first round pick who turned out to be Marcel Hossa. It took Saku Koivu to stop the captaincy from being a ticket out of town.  

Saku Koivu was the longest serving Montreal Canadiens’ captain after Jean Beliveau. He struggled with a myriad of injuries and Cancer while attempting to live up to being a ...

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