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Feschuk: Dion Phaneuf has a lot to learn about being a captain
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03-31-2012, 02:03 PM
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How is Phaneuf alone going to change the fortune of the team now?
Is he suppose to strap the pads on and make saves?
Is he suppose to score all the goals?
Articles like this are such BS cause they make it out to seem the captain should have some magic power where at the drop of a hat he can change the mentality of a team or make some the people around him more talented.
Is Dion a perfect player? No.
Is Dion an ideal captain? Maybe not.
But he's had absolutely no help in the matter of leadership with this team.
Cause A - The two assistants Armstrong and Komisarek have been so poor this year they have been healthy scratches most nights.
And B - No veteran or mentor was brought in to help him along(Like Roberts was for Mats). When Tim Connolly is your most seasoned player there's probably going to be an issue with leadership.
Those issues lay at the feet of one man, The Manger.
So people(media and some fans) need to stop blaming the lack of talent of about 10-12 of the other players on Dion's leadership.
A thousand times this. We all know we don't have that stabilizing veteran presence, but, I think more importantly, we also don't have secondary leadership AT ALL, veteran or otherwise. We have guys who play with a lot of heart, like Grabovski and Brown, and we have guys who can lead by example, like Kessel, but We don't have those secondary leaders that every team must have.
(This is not to say Dion shouldn't shoulder some of the blame, but the team really needs some more character guys. Not necessarily veterans, but definitely better alternate captains than Komisarek and Armstrong)
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