Thursday, August 31, 2006

Replacing the Moose

Strangely enough, despite the fact it's been more than two years since Mark Messier retired, the New York Rangers have never named someone to replace hockey's most notable leader.

This year, I fully expect coach Tom Renney to find someone to fill that role, but the question is, who should that be?

Who should be the next captain of the New York Rangers?
Jaromir Jagr
Darius Kasparaitis
Brendan Shanahan
Martin Straka
Aaron Ward

The rest of the series
Replacing Stevie Y. (Detroit)
Replacing Jumbo Joe (Boston)
Replacing Johnson (Nashville)
Replacing the Scotts (New Jersey)


At 3:25 p.m., August 31, 2006, Blogger fauxrumors said...

Despite what he's said in the past, this is JJ's team. Its assembled around/for him, so he needs to step up and accept the role/The 'C'

At 4:04 p.m., August 31, 2006, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

JJ has been a poor captain in the past ("Jagr Syndrome") and declined the captaincy for obvious reasons last season. He's a great on-ice producer, but not the type of personality you want with the C...far too prima-donna.

From that list, I'd go with Shanahan. Sure, he's new, but he's the best of the 5.

At 8:27 p.m., August 31, 2006, Blogger nuts4pucks said...

Jagr????????? Puh-leeeeze. Not a leader.

At 12:18 a.m., September 01, 2006, Blogger fauxrumors said...

We don't disagree with jes, and believe as long as he actually is the defacto leader on the rangers, they won't be a real contender. JJ has proven in the past that he is better suited to a supporting role than as the leader. However, the Rangers have been put together largely to compliment his talent. For better or worse, they might as well put the C on his jersey just to make it official.

At 12:50 a.m., September 03, 2006, Blogger alyosha mcbain said...

Now, I am curious--how is it that Mark Messier is STILL ranked as such a great captain and team player, despite the fact that he punched his own ticket out of NY due to resentment over the team's swooning treatment of Wayne Gretzky and then failed to make the playoffs during his last 7 seasons in the NHL (with two different organizations, mind you)? While in NY he helped run Sergei Zubov and Petr Nedved out of town, and then got Renney fired in Vancouver. Messier was a great leader for the Rangers over a decade ago, but his second stint with the team tarnished his legacy big-time. Enough already with the nonstop lionization of this man. He was last seen as an impact player in this league six years ago.

Jagr is from Europe. Maybe that's why he's never indulged in such backstabbing activities, or shamelessly promoted himself as the world's biggest hardass, and maybe that's why a bunch of North Americans think that he can't wear the C. Last time I checked, Jagr should have been the NHL MVP last year(hands down) and he destroyed the scoring records of an Original Six team that offered him little help offensively, compared to the great NYR teams that Messier was a part of in the early to mid-90's.

The man should be captain of the Rangers, not some freshly arrived Canadian free agent. No doot aboot it. Maybe Jags has never played hurt like the old-timers did, but he is a leader.

And leaders are overrated anyway.


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