First blog of the upcoming season and Roberto Luongo has decided to relinquish the captaincy. Was it a good decision? I suppose it is, but time will tell. However, I do believe it’s probably the best thing for the team and for the play of Roberto Luongo in the long run.
It takes a big man to take the responsibility of a team and shoulder leadership, it’s not an easy job. It takes an even bigger man to own up to his limitations. Roberto Luongo did just that. Now that he is no longer the captain, the biggest question in Vancouver is who will be his heir apparent? Should it really matter to us fans?
On the CanucksCorner.com forum, there were some interesting opinions of the type of Canucks captain fans would want to see. Which of the current team members exemplifies a good captain?
Unfortunately, my choice to succeed Lu, is no longer a Canuck. Willie Mitchell would have been my prime candidate. Now there is the great debate between Hank and Kesler and other honourable mentions.
Henrik Sedin has done what no other Canuck has done and that’s win the Art Ross and Hart trophies as the league’s MVP. As much as I could go on about how good of a candidate he would be, I believe Canucks Corner poster, DonCherry4PM said it best. Others have voiced that Ryan Kesler would be a better choice, due to his tenacity, his style of play and his vocalization with the media. After those two, there were other names thrown in,but the ‘dog fight’ is between Hank and Kes. Both bring goods to the table, both have impressive resumes, but who has that leadership quality to shoulder the responsibility for this team?
For me, it doesn’t really matter who the fans think (I know I will get roasted for this) should be the captain. It only matters who the team thinks to be their next captain and if that is in sync, maybe our noses (as fans) won’t be so bent out of shape.