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08-16-2009, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by snarktacular View Post
Elvstrand + Ken: what about Whitney to you says captain material? It's possibly due to my ignorance, but I don't really see any good reasons to either anoint him or exclude him. The best thing I can come up with is he's here for the long term.
Yeah, Whitney's longterm contract is a big part of it. While he's not captain material, I think he will be enough of a leader on this team to be alternate. It's quite likely he'll lead a young core of defensemen when Scotty leaves or retires in one or two years. His contract expires the same year as Getzlaf's and Perry's, so he could be a young player to build around on the back end.

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