At least he's actually addressing the issue, usually he just doesn't say much of anything. Now all he has to do is start pumping up his teammates and improve his play so that this slide can be resolved.
I'm not trying to be a jerk but I've seen this type of thing MANY times. I'm glad he's stepping up and taking responsibility for his poor play, but I'd rather see his play (along with the rest of the team) do the talking.
so everyone takes blame...yippee...takes a man to own up, especially on guaranteed contracts. If I took blame for something at work, I get fired. These guys do it and it's just words. Follow it up with actions - I ain't looking for someone to take the blame - I'm looking for someone to lead this team out of a funk. It's like when Peter broke mom's favorite vase - everyone took responsibility for it - does that really solve the problem? Arggh, professional sports is getting tiresome.
Blair Betts does all the things that Chris Drury is advertised to do but really doesn't.
Betts is good at faceoffs, he's probably the best penalty killer in the league and he plays stellar defense. He's also been on the team just about as long as anyone else has and he's never failed to fill his role.
Wasn't Elias stripped of the C not too long ago when Sutter came in?
Yes, only because Sutter wanted to send a message that its was his team now, and that he will run it as he sees fit. He held a 'competition' for the captaincy in which he evaluated players based on their on-ice play, performance in practice, and poise in the locker room.
I liked Elias as captain... but one cannot argue with the current results. Captain Hook is here to stay (for now).
a captain is a leader a guy who kicks his teammates in the a@@ when needed or pats them on the back. The guy who doesn't back down from the other team who blocks shots ,grinds it out in the corner , takes the hit to clear the puck. That guy is Blair Betts and if you laugh at that then you really don't understand team sports