MONCTON, New Brunswick – Don’t expect to see a “C” on any Pittsburgh Penguins sweater this season.
Well, at least for now.
Penguins coach Michel Therrien revealed the team will not choose a captain this year, following Monday’s practice at the Moncton Coliseum.
“As an organization, we decided this year not to have a captain. We won’t have one captain,” he said. “The biggest reason why is for all of the respect for Mario Lemieux and what he did for this franchise and for this hockey team. We are going to do what we did last year when Mario retired [and just have alternate captains]. This is our plan.”
The Penguins have yet to choose their alternate captains. Sidney Crosby, Sergei Gonchar, Mark Recchi, Josef Melichar and John LeClair are the returning players on the roster who wore an “A” at some point last season.
Could a captain emerge from the group eventually this season?
“We’ll see,” Therrien said.
Therrien announced that Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start in goal Tuesday night against Ottawa in Halifax, while Jocelyn Thibault gets the nod in net Wednesday night against Philadelphia in Moncton.
Also, Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin is not expected to play Tuesday against Ottawa, but will be in the lineup Wednesday.