With the news today that the Lightning are going to buyout Lecavalier does this mean their next Captain will become Steven Stamkos or would they rather choose Martin St. Louis because of how long he's been there?
I always thought St. Louis was more of the spiritual leader in Tampa Bay anyway. Vinny was a good captain and it's no knock on him, but I felt like St. Louis was "the guy," if you know what I mean, especially as Vinny began to decline and St. Louis continued to produce at a monstrous level.
St. Louis will be the next captain, unless he turns it down. Stamkos will be a good leader, but I'm always wary of giving the captaincy to a guy simply because he's the best player on the team. That's actually what happened with Lecavalier the first time he was named captain, and that didn't work out well. He had to mature before he could really handle the added responsibility.
Brewer might be a decent option as well. Not sure if he's in the long-term plans in TB, though. Ohlund could have been good but for his injuries and the fact that he's probably never going to step on the ice for them again.