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Shea Weber named an alternate captain of the Montreal Canadiens

At the end of the last season, a few players — including Max Pacioretty — publicly stated that the team was lacking a veteran leader. Today, it was announced that the Nashville Predators' former captain will be an official member of the leadership group.

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The Canadiens experienced a freefall in the later part of the 2015-16 season, unable to get things back on track with injuries to some key members throughout the year. When the players had a chance to speak about the disastrous campaign, a few pointed to not having a veteran in the room who could calm everyone down and help the team regain its composure.

With the acquisition of Shea Weber, it seems the team may have found that presence, and it comes in a player who will also play a major role on the ice. Today, it was announced that Weber would be the fourth alternate captain for the team, given the leadership role left vacant when P.K. Subban was sent the other way.

Weber had been the captain of the Nashville Predators since the start of the 2010-11 season, and, based on the comments from the teammates he left behind, was well regarded in that role by his peers.

Max Pacioretty will reprise his role as team captain, while Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, and Brendan Gallagher will once again be alternates.