Monday, August 28, 2006

Replacing the Scotts

After long-time New Jersey Devils captain Scott Stevens was forced out of the game with a concussion in 2004, Scott Niedermayer took up the reins as the team's leader.

With Niedermayer moving on to the Anaheim Ducks following the lockout, coach/GM Lou Lamoriello opted to go the 2005-06 season without a captain but will be naming one this time around. Who will that be?

Who should be the next captain of the New Jersey Devils?
Patrik Elias
Scott Gomez
Jamie Langenbrunner
John Madden
Brian Rafalski
Colin White

The rest of the series

Replacing Stevie Y. (Detroit)
Replacing Jumbo Joe (Boston)
Replacing Johnson (Nashville)


At 3:13 p.m., August 28, 2006, Anonymous Brad said...

There shouldn't be much doubt about this one. Elias made a big committment to the franchise and is obviously their most complete and important player.

At 3:32 p.m., August 28, 2006, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

Is it hockey blasphemy to suggest that the whole issue of the "C" is grossly overrated? Hockey has built up a considerable mythology about this issue over the years, but I don't think there's much evidence to suggest it is all that important to the guys in the room, or that it impacts on-ice performance much. By and large, I think it is a media and fan created issue.

At 4:58 p.m., August 28, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It's probably a little overrated, sure. There's so little happening right now, I figure these polls are a good way to at least have something interesting going on around here.

(I find it neat to see which players people think are 'captain' material. Also, a guy like Chara is probably the frontrunner in Boston, but he didn't get a ton of votes. I wonder why?)

At 9:46 p.m., August 28, 2006, Anonymous Limey said...

Probably because Chara is new to the team.

At 8:56 p.m., August 29, 2006, Blogger The Hack said...

Hey Mirtle, what's the league's logic against letting a goalkeep carry the "C"? It's a league-wide rule, is it not?

Otherwise, Brodeur would be a good call here.


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