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Stars to name captain ‘during training camp or the exhibition season’

Aug 14, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars have been without a captain ever since Brenden Morrow was traded to Pittsburgh last season. And according to new general manager Jim Nill, that will be the case until new head coach Lindy Ruff gets to know his troops a bit better.

“I am going to sit down with Lindy when we get into training camp and we’ll make that call then,” Nill said, per Stars Inside Edge. “I want Lindy to get a feel for the team a little bit first. It will happen sometime during training camp or the exhibition season.”

Leading contenders for the ‘C’ would have to include their current alternate captains Jamie Benn, Stephane Robidas, and Ray Whitney. And if we had to guess, we’d probably make Benn, 24, the favorite.

The Stars are hardly the only NHL team with a vacancy at captain — unless we missed a memo, the Sabres, Flames, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Islanders, Senators, and Lightning don’t have one either.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Going out on a limb here and thinking it’s not Seguin.

  2. rushledger - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Wow 8 teams without a captain, didn’t realize it was that high. Hope some teams figure it out soon.

    • mathieug79 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Alfredsson signed elsewhere, Lecavalier was bought out, Shawn Horcoff was traded, Mark Streit was also traded….That’s 4 teams right there that all lost their captains just this summer. Then if you look at the Deadline, Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla, Jason Pominville were all dealt. The 8th team is…Columbus, who hasn’t had a Captain since Rick Nash left town. I don’t see how “teams need to figure it out soon”? Its either the team is rebuilding, or new ownership wants to get rid of a bad contract. Or in Alfredsson’s case, god only knows what went down.

  3. stinkpretty1 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Robidas has great potential, Gonchar might aswell.

    • zaksopinion - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Yeah ur right. Gondar would be a good veteran leader for the team. It could also be Kari lehtonen

  4. zaksopinion - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Hopefully it’ll be eriksson! OH WAIT HE WAS TRADED TO THE BRUINS

  5. davebabychreturns - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Stars have made some real interesting choices over the years taking skill over players with “the right attitude” in a traditional sense.. it’s worked out great with Jamie Benn so far obviously, and now they’ve gambled big on Tyler Seguin and Nichushkin too.

    It’s something Jim Nill’s old team did as well, but of course Dallas doesn’t have the Yzermans, Shanahans, Lidstroms etc. to teach kids like that how to grow into professionals and winners.

    It’ll be interesting to see what they do to ensure these kids actually realize their potential, they all won’t just figure it out for themselves like Benn has.

  6. sjsblitz - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Stars: Benn
    Bolts: St.Louis
    Sens: Spezza
    Jackets: Umberger
    Isles: Taveres(maybe)
    Oilers: Hall or Gagner
    Flames: Gonna stay without the C for a season
    Sabres: Gonna stay without the C for a season
    Thoughts anyone?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      I think the Jackets might go with someone younger like Jack Johnson. Other than that, I don’t disagree with your choices.

    • capsfan14 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      I hate how all the young stars are expected to be captains these days… Let them spend a few years in the NHL and give them the “C” when they are approaching 30. Not when they just hit the 20s… Give the captancy to Ryan Smith. I think with the Flames and Sabres being rebuilding teams, that its important to have a set leader that takes responsiblity to direct and mentor the rookies.

  7. jacketsfan7 - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    In my personal opinion , for the jackets captain , either Johnson , or a young(ish) Nathan Horton with tons of experience

  8. jacketsfan7 - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    For the stars it’d be gonchar

  9. zak1320 - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Gonchar is rediculous to think he’s a captain at his age. We are lucky to have him play the whole season. Benn is ready. Sometimes leading by EXAMPLE is good too. He hits, fights, and scores. He’s the ultimate hockey player. He will LEAD as well!

  10. pensman29 - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Ya I agree except for the oilers. I don’t see how they can give hall the “c” when the have RNH, gagner, eberle waiting as young talents as well. I think the oilers might go without a captain for this season too.

  11. spitfisher - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Please choose Tyler Sequin, give him yet another perk to abuse without earning it…..

  12. dlk75150 - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Better not be Whitney. One year makes a captain, please!

  13. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    How can Dallas not pick Benn? Seems like a no-brainer.

    I’m surprised how many teams don’t have captains. “Sabres, Flames, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Islanders, Senators, and Lightning”.

    Spezza for the Senators, Jack Johnson for the Blue Jackets and Tavares for the Islanders seem like no brainers.

    The Sabres I’d guess Vanek if they plan on keeping him. Otherwise Steve Ott.

    The Bolts, I’d give it to St Louis until he retires, then hand it over to Stamkos.

    Oilers are a tough call between Hall, Eberle and Ganger… If I were them, I’d rotate the captaincy at first to test the waters. October Eberle, November Hall, December Gagner… see how it goes and make the final choice in January for the new year.

    Flames… who knows? Giordano or Glencross if they even have a captain at all this season.

    Should be interesting to see who gets picked. Preseason is around a month away too. Hockey is coming :D

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