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01-22-2006, 12:10 PM
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vopatsrash
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In the spokesperson for the team category, I could also see upshall being captain material (down the line...not the next captain). I've been impressed with him in some interviews. I can see him being a walker type presence from the standpoint that he's not necessarily going to be a cliche machine and won't be afraid to call out the team or be the bad cop to deflect attention. It will obviously depend on how his teammates feel about him and somewhat on his on-ice role.

I think the next captain will be walker if they go with a veteran or hartnell/hall if they want a young person. If they wanted to continue with the veteran good cop/bad cop deal with walker as the A, i guess they could go with timonen, but that would surprise me.

On the surface i would be surprised if they went hartnell next, but I could also see them picking hartnell from the "maybe it will make him focus better and mature quicker if he's given the captain's responsibilities" angle.

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