Jokinen Wants To Stay, Willing To Give Up Captaincy
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04-03-2008, 02:27 PM
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Nobody on the team will step up to lead because they feel uncomfortable stepping on Olli's toes.
Bringing someone from outside to lead would take a rare talent - Joe Nieuwendyk had the respect to have done it, but didn't. But usually a guy goes to a new team he isn't comfortable becoming their captain right away.
Too bad Drury's not available.
As for who has shown leadership on the team and could be a good captain, there's several: Weiss, Booth, and Montador. Campbell shows flashes of ability to take charge once in a while but not consistently (ok, not even often). I'd say Monty could be a captain out of those guys.
Don't know what UFAs are out there that could be - I won't mention Sundin since - *ahem* - when was the last time the Leafs managed to accomplish much of anything? He's a talent upgrade on Olli, but I have to wonder about his leadership as well. Seems to me the Leafs are a team that perennially underachieves.
Sundin garners MAJOR respect from just about every player in the league. He's a perennial 70+ point-getter and has won 55% of his faceoffs this year. (Olli has won 43%)
I think there's a 0.03% chance of us getting him here, but if it was possible, he's compliment Olli's play style. He's too old to be a real grinder anymore, but with one of our youngsters to work the boards, leaving Sundin as a playmaker, it would be the best looking top line this franchise has seen in almost a decade.
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