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6 minutes ago, OBXer said:

 

I don't think anybody on this team will get a pass. A Faulk trade is still possible but he is as likely to stick for reasons many here can't see.

 

You may be right. Clearly I'm ready to move on from him, and from management's point of view he was pretty clearly being heavily shopped. Still, despite major depth on D, he is still here, so management clearly thinks better of him than they did of Skinner. 

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28 minutes ago, remkin said:

 

You may be right. Clearly I'm ready to move on from him, and from management's point of view he was pretty clearly being heavily shopped. Still, despite major depth on D, he is still here, so management clearly thinks better of him than they did of Skinner. 

 

I think your right in comparison to Skinner. I wouldn't take him of the trade block just yet. As you pointed out we have a glut of D-men

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Interesting article on Captains in today's NHL

https://www.tsn.ca/importance-of-nhl-captains-is-changing-1.1175067

 

Some excerpts:

 

  • ". . .It's still a hockey tradition with special meaning at all levels of the game, but almost one third of the 31-team league could go into opening night without a captain, a sign of the times that it's no longer a necessity and certainly not a distinction that management and coaching staffs want to jump into without a lot of thought."

 

  • E. Staal:  "Sometimes it can be overblown with saying you really have to have one or this player can't handle this or that. I don't think players change — or they shouldn't— if they have a letter or don't. ... I also think it's a cool thing to be a captain or an assistant captain. It's been part of the game for a long time. But every team chooses to do things differently."

 

  • J. Eichel: "I don't think that every team needs to have a captain.  It's good to have somebody that makes the executive decision at the end of the day. But if you have enough good leaders on a team, I think that if they're all on the same page, it kind of works as just serving as a group of captains."

 

  • J. Toews:  "I don't see why you can't have success with a bunch of guys that are alternates and maybe not having one guy wearing the 'C.  At the end of the day, each guy brings different elements to the table."

 

  • T.J. Oshie:  "It feels like we could almost have three 'Cs' because they lead in different ways, and all of them together kind of make one big super leader, really.  It's rare to find that kind of mixture that you have with those three guys."

 

  • R. Johansen: "It's just one of those things you don't want to force. You don't want to rush. You don't want to regret. Once someone is a very clear option to being named captain, then it's usually done."

 

My take is similar to Johansen's.  Last season I don't think there was a clear choice and that we'd have been better off with a multi-A structure than "forcing" the C.  I didn't see Williams as a "clear choice" last season given that he was new to the team and hadn't played a game with most of the players on it.  This season I think he is.

Edited by LakeLivin

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