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08-09-2011, 08:31 PM
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DutchShamrock
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Does he have a better chance than we thought? yes.

But Callahan still gets it hands down. For all the reasons every Ranger fans states, which I'll skip. I'll mention the "Gretzky" factor. He didn't get a letter here and it had no reflection on his leadership skills or standing. In fact, he transended the requirement to have a letter when talking to an official or talking to the team. It was a waste on him, he simply didn't need it. Now Richards is no Gretzky, but I imagine that he carries enough respect around the league that if he talked to an official they would listen regardless of the embroidery on his left chest. The team will listen to him regardless of the letter too.

I have to say, I think the wishful thinking that Dubinsky gets it is more about a popularity contest than giving it to the true leader of the team. I'm not knocking Dubinsky or implying he lacks leadership skills, but let's be honest, Richards has a better chance of being captain than Brandon.

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