Andrei Markov isn't interested in the Montreal Canadiens' captaincy and contrary to a report, he said the job was never offered to him.
Markov and his coach Jacques Martin refuted a report published in the Montreal Gazette on Tuesday that said the defenceman turned down the team's offer to succeed the departed Saku Koivu as captain.
Markov, 30, has spent all eight of his NHL seasons with the Canadiens and had a turn as an alternate captain last season. The Russian defenceman finished second on the team last year with 64 points, including 12 goals.
Calling the responsibility a huge one, Markov said he just wants to focus on his on-ice performance.
Koivu had worn the 'C' for Montreal since being named the team's first European-born captain prior to the 1999-2000 season. The Canadiens elected not to offer the Finn a contract over the summer, and he signed with the Anaheim Ducks.
Martin did not rule out naming alternate captains to replace Koivu, but said that management would use training camp to assess the players.
Montreal plays its first pre-season game on Thursday at home against Florida.