Jokinen Wants To Stay, Willing To Give Up Captaincy
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04-03-2008, 03:46 PM
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Not at all - in fact I find it a bit strange no one has interpreted his comments differently. He said he'd "absolutely" (repeating the word is actually a sign he's being a little insincere) step aside "if they find someone better." Is he the one who will judge whether someone's better?
Anyway, as for the stepping on Olli's toes - if you are a part of a group that has followed the same leader for some time and everyone respects him even if he's not been particularly effective at times, do you suddenly just start acting like everyone should follow you instead? It has nothing to do with how Olli would treat an "upstart"; it has more to do with people in the room showing respect and perhaps being a little too timid.
Ok, fair enough. I read more into Olli's admission that he was "absolutely" willing to give up the C, than to his condition that "If there's somebody else who's capable of doing a better job, then I don't have any issues giving it to somebody else." I could argue further that Olli's condition statement shows that he cares enough to want to make sure there's a BETTER captain to take his place. In other words, he admits he's not the best in general, but the team has to go out and get someone better. I could argue that he'd be happy to see that. But I'm speculating (duh).
The really INTERESTING thing is though that Olli would say anything at all. Was it because he's trying to stay in Florida and has some actual fear of being traded? Or is he trying to make amends with JM - by making the admission, and mentioning that it's the coach's and management's decision? Or is he trying to slight JM by not mentioning him by name, only be the generic position, hoping there'll be someone else making decisions?
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