MONTREAL – Even though he’s clear on who will be his number one goaltender, the new coach of the Montreal Canadiens remains vague when it comes to who will be the next to captain the team.
If you take Jacques Martin’s word for it, the revolving door of Habs goalies is now a thing of the past.“Carey (Price) is trustworthy. That’s the reason why I went to visit him this summer in the west of Canada,” he said during a press conference. “I wanted to get to know him better and establish a relationship.”
If the new coach is clear on who he wants in net, it’s the total opposite when it comes to the identity of his new captain. “We’ll address the subject in due course. For the moment, I prefer to concentrate on my rookie training camp. We’ll talk more at the official opening of the camp,” he stated simply.
There have signs of change recently in the Habs entourage. Eighteen Canadiens veterans voluntarily laced up at the Bell complex in Brossard, Quebec, on Tuesday. Wingers Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri were part of that group.
“It proves that we’re all looking forward to it starting. I feel a lot of optimism and enthusiasm at the onset of our training camp,” Martin said with a smile.
While waiting for the official start of play, Martin is taking advantage of the rookie camp to get back into the swing of things. “In particular I use it to evaluate the progression of our (top) prospects. I also use it to personally meet certain people,” he explained.
“At the same time, I’m about to finish the final preparations for the weekend.” It’s worth noting that on Saturday, veteran players will be called in for a series of physical tests. They’ll hit the ice for the first time Sunday.
The Habs are due to kick off the 2009-2010 season with their annual golf tournament this Thursday at a club in the Montreal area.