Coming off a career high 39-goal season, Max Pacioretty is ready to assume a more prominent leadership position with the Canadiens heading into the 2014-15 season.
Speaking with TSN 690 on Monday, Pacioretty said he's had discussions with PK Subban regarding the Canadiens' vacant captaincy and both players are prepared to step up and fill the void left by Brian Gionta.
"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 PK or someone else would be a good candidate for the captain then I'm 100 percent on board with whatever decision is made.”
In reference to the pressure that comes with carrying the “C” in Montreal, the 25-year-old commented that as long as he dealt with things day-by-day and concerned himself with the process as opposed to the results assuming the primary leadership role for the Cnadiens wouldn't be an issue.
“It would be an absolute honour, 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.”
Coming off a run to the conference finals, Pacioretty thinks the team has built a solid leadership core that should be able to handle the departures of Gionta along with former assistant captain Josh Gorges.
“Whoever is the captain of this team isn't going to be left alone. He's gonna have a lot of help because we have a lot of great leaders on this team and I think it'll be more of a group thing of everyone pitching in.”
Pacioretty says he and Subban ready to fill leadership void