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Chris Pronger: (Apr. 2013 Sports Illustrated article)
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05-12-2012, 12:41 PM
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Regarding Captaincy, it's clear Giroux should take the C. A team littered with talented rookies, you want someone who has some experience, but can still hang with them, someone who can bridge the gap, someone close enough in generation to them, that they feel they are capable of achieving his role too.
Arguably the best player in the NHL right now, top 5 forward definitely, you have Jagr saying he is destined to be a Legend, the Coach openly admits he is the best player. There is no denying his heart, the shift vs Pens, to do that takes so much skill and will, that is a Captain's play. He says all the right things in the interviews. Even when he was suspended, he remained in the media saying his team will win, he wasn't hopeful, or cautious like Richards would be to the media, he was confident and empowering. He even came out for the NJD handshake and led the team in the salute to the fans.
Pronger is a good coach's Captain, but at this point in his career, he can't be both a coach's and player's Captain, like Giroux can and will be for years.
This concussion seems like an underlying thing that was never diagnosed, a work-up of many years, where another one could seriously damage his brain. Moreso, than a usual concussion for a player.. It has come a little early, but now is the right time for him to step away. He knows his age, he now knows his health risk, he knows the trouble he causes the organization by constantly being in and out of the lineup.
I expect him to announce his stepping back for a long period of time (he can't retire, as his contract would screw our cap-hit over) this off-season, accepting RathjeLimbo, and cosign Giroux as the new Captain.
It doesn't hurt to wait a few years. As unpopular as this may be, Giroux is a complainer/whiner. He isn't anywhere near the level Crosby was when he first came into the league, but when things don't go his way, he plays frustrated. Although this can result in a positive, it can also end up like the Zubrus situation.
We made the mistake last time of giving the captaincy to Richards too early. There's no rush to give it to Giroux. Give it to Kimmo, let him keep it for a year or two, and then hand it over to Giroux.
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