“I think with all the changes that took place this summer, it’s an excellent decision on the part of the organization [to have four alternate captains]. We’re comfortable with it. It happened in the past back in 2009-10, and it’s a little bit of a similar situation. You shouldn’t really make a big deal out of the fact that there’s no captain. We have a lot of leadership within the group.”- Tomas Plekanec
“I don’t feel any additional pressure. I’ve spent nine years with the organization, and I’m the same guy I was when I arrived here all those years ago, I just have a little bit more experience. Everyone on the team has to show their leadership capabilities if we want to have success. Everyone has to give their best for the team. That’s how I see it.” - Andrei Markov
“At the end of the day, I want to be the best teammate I can be. To be put in a leadership position gives you that opportunity to also be that type of figure in terms of being a mentor. But having a letter on your jersey shouldn’t change your outlook on things. It just means that there’s more of an expectation for you, more responsibility. That holds a player accountable, and makes them better.”- P.K. Subban
“What I saw over the course of my first two seasons in Montreal is young guys pushing to up their roles and take on more. We’ve got a group of four to which I’m adding Carey Price. For myself and Michel, and for the entire team, he’s a leader. With the group of four, Carey Price, and the young guys pressing, I feel like it’ll make for a good transition.” - Marc Bergevin
“I don’t see it as an audition. I see it more as they’re ready to take on more responsibility. We don’t want to put pressure on anyone’s shoulders for no reason. Our young leaders have made big strides over the last two years. We want to make sure that they continue to make those strides.” – Michel Therrien
“The biggest thing was Marc saying to me that up until now when I came into camp, I was looking up to other guys and now there will be guys coming in and looking up to me. That will change my mindset a little bit, but they gave me this opportunity for a reason and I don’t want to change. I’ll maybe tweak a couple of little things, but I’ll just keep being myself.” – Max Pacioretty
“I’m just very excited about this upcoming season. I worked hard. I feel pretty good physically and I’m looking forward to playing. I know what I can do and I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. Obviously, it’s a situation that no one wants to be in, but the decision was made. The coaching staff did what they thought was right for our team and I respect their decision. It’s not a pleasant situation for me but there’s nothing I can do about that. What happened during the playoffs last year is behind us.” – Peter Budaj
“I’m an offensive player. That’s the role I expect to play here. That’s the kind of player I’ve been my entire life. At my age and with my experience level, I think I’ll also act as a leader here, too.” - P.A. Parenteau
“For the team that we have, it makes sense. We have a good core leadership group and not singling out one guy makes sense. The guys that we have selected as alternate captains are all great selections. We have a mix of veteran guys and two young guys. Marky and Pleky have been here for the better part of a decade and those guys know how the system works here. They know the city, they know the media and how things work. Guys like Max and P.K. bring the enthusiasm and they’re part of the newer generation of hockey players. It’s a perfect combination. “ – Carey Price
Q: Carey, are you worried P.K. will talk more now than ever?
A: No, I don't think that's possible.
Q: Are you worried about Markov talking more?
A: No, I don't think so.
Day 4 of Canadiens Rookie Camp picked up where it left off yesterday, with the Habs’ hopefuls in Brossard grinding out a physical 1-1 tie in the second of three intra-squad scrimmages scheduled for this week at the Bell Sports Complex.
After falling 3-2 on Sunday, Christian Thomas’ opening goal midway through the first half looked to be the winner for Team Red until Matt Schmalz buried a game-tying rebound with just over two minutes left in regulation.
Team White was busy between the pipes, with goaltenders Mike Condon and Jordan Papirny turning aside 9 of 10 and 12 of 12 shots respectively.
Rookie Camp’s third and final scrimmage is scheduled for Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. EST in Brossard.
Team White – 1
Team Red – 1
Mike Condon – 9 saves on 10 shots
Jordan Papirny – 12 saves on 12 shots
Zachary Fucale – 6 saves on 6 shots
Hayden Hawkey – 4 saves on 5 shots