Putting Team First: Luongo Gives Up The “C”

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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5 Responses

  1. Sternip says:

    Good news! I was worried this wouldn’t happen but I think it will be for the good of the whole team, including Luongo himself. At least he’s had the chance to make history as the first goalkeeper captain.

    I really hope Kesler becomes captain – I think he might be the less popular choice, but he’s a player that could be captain for years to come, there’s no issue of getting on over on a brother (not that I actually think that would be an issue for the Sedins), he’s got all the qualities, has been a team captain before and is a more determined presence on the ice than Henrik (not to say that Henrik isn’t determined, but you don’t see him get quite as passionate as Ryan can). I guess the only issue is ice time, as he’s never going to play on the first line.

    It’s a shame what happened to Willie Mitchell, because he would have been my first pick this time last year,

  2. Kesler is definitely more emotional than Henrik, on the ice and off it. I’m not sure yet though if that’s a good or bad thing. I mean, I think back to Kes’ post-game interviews and he’s always so happy after wins (I remember there was that one clip of him and SOB dancing after one playoff game) and always brooding after a loss. I don’t know… Maybe it’s just me but I prefer someone who is more even-keel in fear that the rest of the team – and especially the fans and media – feed off his roller coaster of emotions.

    It’s weird though eh? We have 2 guys who are legitimate captain material and they couldn’t be more different. At the end of the day, I guess it’s just a matter of them identifying the kind of captain they need – the quiet but assertive type or a more aggresive, more emotional one.

  3. Sternip says:

    Yeah, it’s a question of philosophy I guess, and both though I agree are legitimate captain material, neither are the perfect candidates. Do you think though there’s any chance that Kesler feels more free to be like that at the moment because he’s not the captain? To be fair, as I live in the UK I don’t get to see players interviewed as much as you do.

    Do you think giving the captaincy to Henrik could be a lot of extra pressure to put on someone coming off a season like he’s had?

    What’s the chance of a surprise move for Daniel Sedin? I think that would give most people a chuckle! :)

  1. September 13, 2010

    […] J.J. Guerrero of Canucks Hockey Blog cast his lot for Sedin as a more mature option: If you look at the list of recent Stanley Cup champions and their captains – Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Lidstrom, Scott Niedermayer, Rod Brind’amour, Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman, Dave Andreychuk – all are respected, quiet and lead-by-example types by nature, but still able to command the attention of the room. Henrik fits the same mould, and IMHO anyway, deserves the captaincy just as much. […]

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