Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Captain Lecavalier...?

Melrose: Vinny would be "the perfect captain"

"Perfect" is rather an extravagant word, don't you think? Of course, I don't believe there's such a thing as perfection. But then, I guess that's another story.

So who, exactly, is Melrose kidding here?

" "I'll watch the dressing room. A leader will take over the room," Melrose said. "I'll watch at practice. Are they leaders and the first guys in drills? I'll watch workouts and how they are with the younger guys. I have a captain and three assistants to name, so I have a lot of work to do." "

Is there any doubt about this? We all know that Vinny will be captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning - again - unless he chooses to turn it down. Which he might, you never know. Some guys prefer not to have that hanging over their heads on top of trying to do their jobs night in and night out. I don't think he will turn it down, but then, I'm not exactly privy to Vinny Lecavalier's inner thoughts.

In all honesty, Lecavalier wouldn't be my first choice for captain on this team. Nothing against Vinny at all, but I think another guy or two would be a little bit better fit. The first guy that comes to mind is Jeff Halpern, although he's out injured until likely December or possibly January. I like the idea of Marty St. Louis as captain, too. It's a personality thing more than anything else.

However, that being said, I do think that Lecavalier would be a very good captain if/when he gets the nod. I don't buy into the "best player on the team" or "face of the franchise" captain-choosing philosophy. So for me, a guy's got to have the actual character and leadership skills to be a captain. And Vinny's a proven leader, he knows the game, his teammates look to him for guidance, and he has their respect. So they could certainly do far worse than choose him.

Although, really, I think teammates ought to choose the captain & assistants. The players know best who ought to lead them - even on an overhauled team like Tampa Bay is where half of everyone is new. But maybe that's just me.

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Anonymous said...

If you look at myspace for vinny it states that he is the captin of the lightning!
Vinny Lecavalier Captain HockeyBay.com