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05-04-2013, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by TheGoalJudge View Post
It would be a joke around the league. Prust is great but still not an impact player. He leads by actions that are sometimes dumb and he says dumb things.

These all HELP the team in some way, YES. But these are not things captains do. Those are things agitators do, like Steve Ott. We'd laugh at BUF if he was their captain.

Prust is a guy that you appreciate and you want SOME element of their game in all your players. But he's not exactly a model player like Plekanec or Markov who are consummate professionals and command respect instantly.

Also, the captain has to also be locked in a for a few years. I'd be uncomfortable granting a 4th liner that type of invincibility.
Why? Your captain isn't expected to necessarily be your "star player". Especially if he only have a salary of 2.5M$.

You need to worry less about what the others think of you and more about what's best for this team. Prust has proven to be an ever-leader, going time and again into the breach and fighting the Fight. He stands up for his teammates whenever he has the chance, and tries to change the momentum of the fight with good hits and fights.

Where Gionta is expected to score goals (and might be failing), Prust is expected to be physical (and always deliver). I'd even argue that "leading by example" would make Prust a much more effective captain than Gionta is. Simply because the role of Prust makes him likely to deliver every game.

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