With a meeting (announced at the Summer Summit) set next month between Canucks GM Mike Gillis and current captain Roberto Luongo to discuss the captaincy, this now brings up the question of who should be the new face of the appointed leader.
There are a number of players that would fit that position who already are wearing an “A”, so it would be ideal for one of them to be elevated to the captain's role.
Even though Luongo has stated many times that the wearing of the “C” does not add any extra pressure of playing, that is not what appears to be in his actual play, especially what we saw last season.
He has done an admirable job of answering the media after most games, but surely it must wear on a person having to face them on nights you would just rather exit into the night.
In all, Luongo was the seventh goaltender that has been an NHL captain, with Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens being the last one in the latter half of the 1947-48 season.
Prior to that season, there had been five other goaltenders who had been captains between 1924-34, so it’s not as if it was an abnormality.
But in saying that, there are number of other factors on why a goaltender has not been a captain since those times.
The NHL rules state that the only player allowed to speak with referees about rule interpretations is the captain, or, if the captain is not on the ice, an alternate captain.
It is also well known that the captain has numerous responsibilities to the team.
Besides being the team liaison to management with players' concerns, he is also a locker room leader.
If the captain happens to be the franchise player or star, he is also looked upon to lead or motivate the team.
We have all seen ceremonial on-ice functions, like face-offs and awards, where the captain is the team's representative, and of course, the after game scrum in front of the media.
This is quite a load to carry, and if Luongo is not having a stellar game or has run into a string of inconsistent games, how does one get up in the dressing room and lead, when your play is not indicative of leading by example?
So with that being said the following are a number of players who would better suited for the captaincy, in no particular order.