Detroit Red Wings Name Zetterberg Captain: 5 Reasons Why He Is the Right Heir

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Detroit Red Wings Name Zetterberg Captain: 5 Reasons Why He Is the Right Heir
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The Detroit Red Wings know they'll never be able to replace Nicklas Lidstrom, but they took their first stride forward on Tuesday, naming Henrik Zetterberg the new captain.

This, after all, is what the Wings do. They replace greatness with greatness, even when onlookers and pundits believe it to be all but impossible. For your consideration: the turn over in Detroit following the previous lockout in 2005.

Steve Yzerman played for one season after the lost year and retired afterwards.

Within the same year after the '05 lockout, the Wings lost Yzerman and Brett Hull (to retirement, kind of) while Brendan Shanahan and Darren McCarty bolted for the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames as free agents, respectfully. Ray Whitney and Curtis Joseph both also left town.

Losing several key cogs on a team that just won 58 games and complied a whopping 124 points shouldn't be easy, but Detroit made it look like it was the following season, winning a respectable 50 games.

Rolling with the punches—and the losses—now seems to be part of the team DNA in Detroit.

So with that in mind, the 2013 version of the Red Wings send off arguably the greatest defender in the history of the NHL, and they will attempt to do seamlessly.

The odds are against them. Then again, everyone is always quick on the trigger to say "this is the year Detroit doesn't make the playoffs." If captain Zetterberg has anything to say about it, this will be just another bright chapter in Red Wings history.

I can't imagine there was very much hesitation, before naming Z the heir to Lidstrom's throne. There are several reasons why.

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