There were many who suspected that the Montreal Canadiens, who had four players who wore the "A" last season, would simply cut that number down to three following the trade that sent P.K. Subban, one of the men who wore that letter, to Nashville.
It now appears that will not be the case, and in fact NHL.com's Dave Stubbs is reporting that despite never playing a single game as a member of the Canadiens, newly acquired defenseman Shea Weber will take over Subban's role as assistant captain, bring the Canadiens total back to four.
Weber was widely regarded as the leader of the Nashville dressing room, and it's likely that those intangibles played a large part in Marc Bergevin's decision to pull the trigger on the trade to acquire him. With that in mind, and considering the way the Habs fell apart last season, making such a drastic change to the team's leadership could be the shake up Canadiens management are hoping their locker room needs.