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Next Years Captain?

View Poll Results: Who should be named Captain next season?
David Backes 71 67.62%
Patrick Berglund 2 1.90%
Carlo Colaiacovo 0 0%
Barret Jackman 8 7.62%
Andy McDonald 2 1.90%
TJ Oshie 0 0%
David Perron 0 0%
Alex Pietrangelo 4 3.81%
Roman Polak 0 0%
Kevin Shattenkirk 0 0%
Alex Steen 3 2.86%
Chris Stewart 0 0%
Other (tell us who you'd rather) 0 0%
None, dress all A's 2 1.90%
I like Ice-cream 13 12.38%
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06-01-2011, 11:52 AM
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It's a no brainer that Pietrangelo should wear the C. I don't want to hear any arguments from people saying "he's too young". Ever heard of Steve Yzerman? What was he 21 when he got the C?

The 7 people that voted for Jackman is the same as the people voting for I like ice-cream.
Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Brian Bellows...


My argument isn't that Pietrangelo is too young, rather that he's not the best candidate to be captain. Watching Backes play and deal with the media, I think he'll make a better captain at this point.

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06-01-2011, 12:28 PM
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This isn't Pietro's team to lose yet either, he had a breakout rookie season, but he's hardly proven there's no where left but up for him. He needs another year to focus on doing what he does best and not being accountable for a team it took 3 years to make. Backes seems like he'd make us proud as captain but if we're still leaning on him to carry the team through every struggle let someone else do the on ice politics and keep his head in the game.

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06-05-2011, 12:27 PM
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Backes. Jackman is fine as an Assistant I suppose, but I really don't want to see him with a 'C' on his chest.

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06-05-2011, 06:19 PM
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Backes gets the C. After Pietro wins a Norris or two then we can slide it to him.

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06-05-2011, 08:57 PM
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Why would you give Backes the C only to yank it once (or if) another player wins an award? That doesn't make any sense.Backes has paid his dues and has the right personality for the job.

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06-05-2011, 09:09 PM
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I for one am all for Backes, but i heard that management is considering Jackman for his time and dues paid here with bluenote. Its nice showing of grace by the Blues, but Jackman's game is not made for todays hockey and just because he's the oldest Blue doesnt mean anything right now. I haven't seem him show his leadership skills except being a pest and refusing to fight.......

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06-05-2011, 10:08 PM
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Backes needs to be the face of this team. He's the eldest of the new generation.

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06-05-2011, 10:14 PM
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I won't be surprised if it's Jackman; this club seems to view being Captain as a responsibility not a reward based on merit. It's going to come down to who can take that responsibility for the team, not be the most impressive member. The reason young guys like Toews get that privilege is because they in fact do take responsibility for that team on the ice and have the character off the ice to stay humble in doing so and keep pushing just as hard the next game. Backes shows that determination but he also loses his cool and uses his emotions to help drive him and his teammates out of high pressure situations, I'm not sure that's seen as leadership so much as grit.

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Food for thought...

look at this list and tell me you don't need great leadership to win a Cup!

http://hfboards.com/showpost.php?p=12732917&postcount=3

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Backes. And it's not even debatable...

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Food for thought...

look at this list and tell me you don't need great leadership to win a Cup!

http://hfboards.com/showpost.php?p=12732917&postcount=3
"you don't need great leadership to win a Cup"

Ok, so who saw Toews as a Cup-winner captain when he got the captaincy?

And who on the Blues roster do you see as a Cup-winning captain?

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06-17-2011, 10:05 AM
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Food for thought...

look at this list and tell me you don't need great leadership to win a Cup!

http://hfboards.com/showpost.php?p=12732917&postcount=3
I can't help but to wonder "what if' Vancouver won game 7. That list would look a little funny if the name at the bottom of it was Sedin.

More seriously, before I saw that list I was thinking Backes. Now that I see that list and wonder which current Blue may one day belong on that list I am thinking Pietrangelo. Although I would be happy with either one.

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"you don't need great leadership to win a Cup"

Ok, so who saw Toews as a Cup-winner captain when he got the captaincy?

And who on the Blues roster do you see as a Cup-winning captain?
I think we have a few players that could eventually turn into that type. Backes and Pietrangelo would be my top choices, Steen after that. There is something about the version of Berglund we saw from the All Star break on that has me wondering if he's going to emerge as another possibility in the next year or two. I really like how he told his agent to just get the deal done so he could focus on his offseason training.

My choice would be roll with multiple alternates and make a choice after several rounds of playoff experience.

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"you don't need great leadership to win a Cup"

Ok, so who saw Toews as a Cup-winner captain when he got the captaincy?

And who on the Blues roster do you see as a Cup-winning captain?
I am not sure its so easy to identify cup winning captains before they win. There are, however, great captains that have never won IMO.

As for Toews, I thought he would eventually be a good captain, but I had no idea it would be so soon, nor did I anticipate a Cup so early.

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I am not sure its so easy to identify cup winning captains before they win. There are, however, great captains that have never won IMO.

As for Toews, I thought he would eventually be a good captain, but I had no idea it would be so soon, nor did I anticipate a Cup so early.
Imagine how much further the rebuild would be if we blew through 4-8M every off season on UFAs.

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Imagine how much further the rebuild would be if we blew through 4-8M every off season on UFAs.
Jay McKee and Paul Kariya say hi!

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I don't have a beef with McKee's leadership. He sacrificed his body like few others. Kariya was ethereal, though. I never could get a feel for what influence he had in the locker room. Injury issues aside, and I may be reading into Armstrong's comments, but I think the front office was thinking "good riddance" when he left. I think even at Kariya's peak, he wasn't a team leader on his various teams.

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I don't have a beef with McKee's leadership. He sacrificed his body like few others. Kariya was ethereal, though. I never could get a feel for what influence he had in the locker room. Injury issues aside, and I may be reading into Armstrong's comments, but I think the front office was thinking "good riddance" when he left. I think even at Kariya's peak, he wasn't a team leader on his various teams.
I don't disagree. I was just kiddin about.

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I'd give it to Jackman and switch to Pietrangelo in a year or two.

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I'd give it to Jackman and switch to Pietrangelo in a year or two.
I'd give it to Jackman and switch it to Backes in a year or two.

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I'd like to see the Backes get the captaincy with Berglund and Pietrangelo getting the alternates.

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I'd give it to Jackman and switch it to Backes in a year or two.
Then there is no sense in waiting year or two, he can be captain right now (and he probably will). He's ok, but is he big time player who's going to lead the team all the way in a few years? Maybe yes, but I think Pietrangelo could be better for that role. And I don't like taking C away from players, who are going to stay on the team despite of that it happens quite often. That's what could happen with Backes one day. This was my whole point in this thing.

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Backes gets my vote. I see some people saying Pietrangelo, but I'm not sure that's the right course to take just yet. The Blues need to make the playoffs next season, and everybody in the organization knows it. Petro had a great season and yes, the sky's the limit for him, but the fact remains that he's only got one full year of NHL experience under his belt and IMO upping him to the C puts unnecessary pressure on him at this point in his career. I say give him an A at most, let him build on his awesome first campaign from a more comfortable position, and go from there. He can still be a leader - I just think that expectations are high enough for him as it is. Let's let him do his thing without amplifying the existing scrutiny.

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Then there is no sense in waiting year or two, he can be captain right now (and he probably will). He's ok, but is he big time player who's going to lead the team all the way in a few years? Maybe yes, but I think Pietrangelo could be better for that role. And I don't like taking C away from players, who are going to stay on the team despite of that it happens quite often. That's what could happen with Backes one day. This was my whole point in this thing.
Yeah, but if Pietro is competing for Norris nominations or MVP even just internally; it's a scenario that makes sense that he's awarded with a captaincy over a guy who's a heart and soul player that doesn't necessarily need to be the voice of leadership so much as the model for success in the Blues organization.

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