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Should Zetterberg be Detroit’s next captain?

Sep 6, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings face the proposition of moving on without Nicklas Lidstrom, which forces the team to find a new captain – among other things.

Brian Hedger reports that Henrik Zetterberg is the guy “most feel” should wear the “C.”

Zetterberg told Hedger that he’d be “honored” if that ended up happening.

“We’ll see what happens the next few weeks,” Zetterberg said. “If they ask, I will be honored. It’s something that you always hope you’d have a chance to do in your career, especially with a team like this in a city like this, with the past and the ownership and the history we have.”

The team has some other logical choices (perhaps fellow star forward Pavel Datsyuk), yet Jimmy Howard explains why Z might be the right choice.

“I think he’d be a little more vocal than Nick,” Howard said. “Nick was vocal when he had to be, but Nick was a lot more cerebral as a captain and just did his job to perfection. (Zetterberg) is a more vocal and emotional kind of leader.”

  1. tmoore4075 - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Yes of course. That’s an easy one. There was talk about giving it to him in 2006 so that he would be captain for a long time. He’s the best choice in my mind. Been waiting on buying a Zetterberg jersey until he was named captain.

  2. porkchopexpress1969 - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Yes. Period.

  3. hockeyknowledge - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    A more vocal captain might be a welcome change. But with Lidstrom gone it will be a big difference.

  4. deeznutz3d - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    I would say thats the best choice, but it would be nice to see Kronwall get it and give him some extra motivation to step his game up and try to fill in Lidstrom’s spot on the blue line.

    • bensawesomeness - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      You’re a bit off target – Nobody will every fill Lidstrom’s spot. It’ll take 2 or 3 guys to do it, but guys like Kronwall and White and Ericsson already know how big the task ahead is.

      • deeznutz3d - Sep 6, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        That’s why i said TRY. We all know that hes not Lidstrom’s second coming, but hes the top defensemen on the team now and needs to step it up a notch.

  5. sjsharks66 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Duh! Is that even a serious question NBC?

  6. sjsharksfan11 - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    One of the classiest and well rounded talents in the NHL. He deserves to wear the C in Motown.

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