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Should Arnott have the captaincy taken away?

Apr 30, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

Arnott.jpgOne of the better team blogs on the internet poses an interesting
question tonight, as the guys at On
The Forecheck ask whether the Nashville Predators
should take the
captaincy away from Jason Arnott. In the wake of yet another
disappointing postseason for the Predators, despite their continued
regular season success, it’s understandable to start looking what
exactly needs to change for the Predators to take that next step.

Taking
cues from a Barry Trotz press conference in which he speaks of how
giving Arnott the captaincy was basically a move out of necessity and
not one that was made because of his natural leadership. Here are a few
of the reason Chris Burton gives to make the move:

- Arnott’s on ice
leadership seems to be lacking. He doesn’t always give 100%, gets angry
when a call or play doesn’t go his way, and seems to sulk when he goes
through a rough patch. 

- For
the sake of
the young players. Arnott doesn’t assimilate with young line mates and
has gotten upset when not paired with Steve Sullivan or J.P. Dumont. Players like Colin Wilson and Patric Hornqvist need leadership and
encouragement, not discouragement.

The first
reason he gives, the lack of a consistent effort, is exactly why Arnott
should never have been given the “C” to begin with. He’s just not a
player that screams “team leader” and the Predators have yet to really
take that next step with Arnott leading the way. OTF asks a number of
other bloggers who’s teams have made similar moves, including looking at
the changes the Sharks and Stars have made in changing their captains
between two current players on the team.

This is an example that
just because a player is the most talented guy on a team it doesn’t
exactly mean they deserve the captaincy. Mike Modano was long the best
player on the Stars and while it wasn’t exactly handled the right way,
there’s no doubt making the switch to Brenden Morrow was the right one.

  1. heywood jablome - Apr 30, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    The reason the preds never get out of the first round in not that Arnott is the captain, its a lack of top level talent.

  2. Charlie - May 1, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    The reason they never get out of the first round has little to do with talent. The lack of playing playoff hockey is the problem, the way they skate is exactly like they do in the regular season. They just don’t show up.

  3. Chris Burton - May 1, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    There are various reasons we never get out of the playoffs, but lack of talent isn’t one of them. World class defensemen and the NHL’s best goalie since the Olympic Break isn’t a lack of talent.
    Our pop gun power play, on the other hand.
    Thanks for linking the piece, Brandon!

  4. Edward G - May 12, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    If their coach Trotz would have stuck up for his team maybe Arnott would not have had too! Th refs were horrid during the playoffs- ummm you think the NHL really wants Nashville to win over a money machine like Chicago?????
    Arnott is a strong player whom had a season of disappointing injuries. He doesn’t take bullshit and if healthy a asset to any team.
    How about the coach has been there for 11 years and they have been mediorce and the majority of highly talented players have left under their rein…
    Preds had many issues but Arnott isn’t one.

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