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Several of Quebec’s major party leaders say new Montreal Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki needs to learn French.

Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault said the Habs made an “excellent choice,” describing the center as one of the team’s best players, before adding that Suzuki now has to learn French.

The Canadiens announced the appointment of the 23-year-old Ontario native as the team’s captain on Monday. He has played for the Canadiens for three seasons after being acquired from Las Vegas in a trade.

Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade told reporters it would be a good thing if Suzuki learned French, adding that living in Quebec is an opportunity to learn the language. Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon described Suzuki as a “very good choice” for captain but added that it is important for the Habs captain to learn French because the position involves a bond with a Quebec fan base that has supported the team for generations.

“It’s a true honor for me and a privilege,” Suzuki told reporters before the comments from the party leaders. “This team’s headed in a great direction, and I couldn’t be more excited to be the captain and represent the team. It means a lot, just to see the respect the management, teammates, (and) coaches have for me. I know it’s a big role, but I think I’m ready for it.”

Playing all 82 games last season, Suzuki led the Canadiens in scoring with 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points. Those totals were all career highs, though the team finished last in the Eastern Conference in a season marred by injury.

“There’s been a lot of highs and lows, a lot of learning experiences,” said Suzuki, whose great-grandparents emigrated to Canada from Japan. “I think I’ve got to handle each situation really well, just lead by example again. It’s a privilege to have that pressure on you. We want to win hockey games and that’s the biggest reason we’re here.”

The Montreal Canadiens have named Nick Suzuki captain heading into the 2022-23 season.

Brendan Gallagher and Joel Edmundson will serve as alternates. The leadership group was introduced at a team event on Monday.

Suzuki, 23, is the 31st captain in Canadiens history and the youngest they’ve ever appointed. He takes the honor from Shea Weber, who wore the “C” in Montreal for four years but missed all of last season due to injuries. Weber was dealt to the Vegas Golden Knights this offseason.

“He’s the heartbeat of our team,” Gallagher said of Suzuki, according to Sportsnet’s Kyle Bukauskas.

Montreal acquired Suzuki from the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018 in a trade that sent Max Pacioretty – Montreal’s captain for three years – the other way.

Suzuki made the All-Rookie team during his debut season with the Canadiens in 2018-19. He’s established himself as Montreal’s top center with 149 points in 203 career games. Suzuki signed an eight-year, $63-million extension that’s set to kick in this coming season.

Six NHL teams remain without a captain: the Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Seattle Kraken, and Calgary Flames.

The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms with center Nick Suzuki on an eight-year contract extension carrying an average annual value of $7.875 million, the team announced Tuesday.

When the new contract kicks in next season, it’ll make Suzuki the team’s highest-paid skater. Only goaltender Carey Price ($10.5 million) carries a higher AAV.

The 22-year-old posted 41 points in 56 games last season. He had a coming-out party in the playoffs, tallying seven goals and nine assists in 22 postseason contests during Montreal’s miracle run to the Stanley Cup Final.

He posted very strong defensive metrics last season, too.

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Here’s how Suzuki projects to age over the duration of the contract:

Suzuki was drafted 13th overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. He was shipped to Montreal, along with Tomas Tatar and a second-round pick, in exchange for Max Pacioretty in 2018.

Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki hasn’t been looking to exact revenge on the Vegas Golden Knights since being traded by the club in 2018.

Suzuki was drafted by the Golden Knights with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft but was quickly traded to the Canadiens in a blockbuster deal involving ex-Habs captain Max Pacioretty.

“I think it worked out for both teams obviously. When Marc called me and said I was a big piece that they wanted I just wanted to show that Montreal made the right decision in bringing me over and I want to do everything I can for this franchise,” Suzuki said via TSN on Friday when asked if he’s ever wanted to prove Vegas wrong for moving him.

“It was more about proving Marc right to want me in the deal.”

Suzuki was dealt to Montreal alongside Tomas Tatar and a second-round pick for Pacioretty. He never suited up in a game for Vegas and was ultimately with the organization for just one year.

The two teams are now set to meet in Round 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with both Suzuki and Pacioretty playing big roles with their respective club since the trade.

Suzuki put together a solid rookie season with the Canadiens last year, racking up 13 goals and 41 points in 71 games. This season, he stepped his game up and recorded 41 points in just 56 contests.

He’s played an integral role with Montreal so far in the postseason, scoring four goals and adding four assists in 11 games.

Pacioretty has continued his top-notch play with Vegas since arriving in 2018. Over the span of the last three seasons, he leads the club in goals (78) and points (157). He has four goals and four assists in seven games so far during the playoffs.

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Montreal Canadiens forward Philip Danault has been the team’s No. 1 center for the past two seasons, but after his role shifted during the 2019-20 postseason, he’s now unsure of his fit in Montreal.

The emergence of youngsters Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi during the playoffs often moved Danault to the third line in a much more defensive, shutdown role.

“I don’t think I’m ready to accept that,” Danault told TVA Sports in French of his new role, as translated by theScore. “I like producing offensively, and I know I can reach another level on offense. I don’t know if I want to limit myself to a strictly defensive role. I don’t think I can improve with strictly defensive assignments.”

Danault has one year remaining on his current contract before becoming a free agent.

When asked if his role with the team will influence whether he stays in Montreal, the 27-year-old simply replied, “Yes.”

“In the playoffs, the coaches wanted to see what the young players could do, and they shuffled the lines,” he added. “My role has become strictly defensive, and I’m repeating myself, but I can bring more to the table than that.”

During the postseason, Danault was bumped from his typical line with Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar numerous times in favor of Suzuki. During the 2019-20 season, the trio of forwards ranked first, second, and third in the league in Corsi For %.

Danault added that he’s always had excellent chemistry with Gallagher and Tatar and that the line works.

Danault has excelled in his role with Montreal since arriving with little NHL experience during the 2015-16 season. He’s combined to score 25 goals and add 75 assists in 152 games over the past two seasons.

Max Pacioretty‘s tenure in Montreal is over, as the Canadiens announced early Monday morning that they have traded their former captain to the Vegas Golden Knights in return for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki, and a 2019 second-round pick.

Pacioretty has spent his entire 10-year NHL career with the Canadiens, tallying 226 goals and 222 assists in 626 regular-season games.

The 29-year-old expressed his hope to remain in Montreal but said there was no talk of an extension heading into the final year of his contract. He had previously said he didn’t want to negotiate a long-term deal during the season so he could focus on playing.

“As I learned last year, it is very difficult to play to the best of your abilities when you have this much of a distraction,” Pacioretty told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette earlier this week. “I think this will make it much easier on focusing about just playing hockey and that’s what I have to get back to doing and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing and that’s, I guess, the reason behind that.”

The five-time 30-goal scorer will be a major addition to an already-potent Golden Knights team that made a run at the Stanley Cup in its inaugural season, losing to the Washington Capitals in five games in the finals.

Tatar’s stay in Vegas was brief after moving there at the trade deadline, appearing in just 20 games for the Golden Knights. The 27-year-old scored a combined 20 goals with the Detroit Red Wings and Vegas last season.

Suzuki was selected 13th overall by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft.