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Sens’ MacLean on goalie captains: ‘They’ve tried that once in this league and didn’t work out so good’

Sep 11, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

Paul MacLean AP

The Ottawa Senators aren’t rushing to name a new captain, but have shot down the possibility of it going to Craig Anderson.

On Tuesday, Sens head coach Paul MacLean provided a zinger response when asked about giving the “C” to Anderson, the club’s starting goalie:

“They’ve tried that once in this league, and didn’t work out so good.”

That quote is, of course, in reference to Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo. In 2008, Luongo became the first goalie to be named captain of his team in 60 years.

While innovative, the experiment faltered and ended badly. Luongo stepped down in 2010 and Canucks GM Mike Gillis admitted he may have made a mistake putting the “C” on his goalie.

“It may be incompatible with goaltending and the expectations that are placed on a captain in terms of availability and being the spokesman of the team,” Gillis explained. “It may have been a little too much based on how he likes to prepare and what he likes to do to get ready for the game.”

Ottawa’s captaincy has been vacant since Daniel Alfredsson stunned the organization by singing with Detroit in July.

It’s expected that Jason Spezza and Chris Phillips are the leading candidates to replace Alfredsson, though some have hinted Anderson is a viable choice given his importance to the team.

Anderson finished 4th in Vezina Trophy and 12th in Hart Trophy voting last season.

  1. amityvillefun - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    The Walrus is wise…

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Well that and we all know that Craig Anderson is a creepy weirdo anyway. The only thing he’s going to lead his teammates in is leering at the ice girls.

      • ntvd7 - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        Goalies are weird!?

        Get right outta here :)

  2. nj666 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    It works for the devils. Bryce Salvador may wear the “C” but we all thats Marty’s locker room.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      The C designation has nothing to do with leadership in this case. It’s about speaking with the on-ice officials about penalties, situations, etc. It’s ridiculous to have a goalie skating out from his crease, to his bench, to the officials circle, to the bench, then back to his crease to get an explanation on a penalty situation.

  3. amityvillefun - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    His record is undeniable. I laughed at ‘nj666’ with amusement – great tag.

  4. tru2joelu4eva - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    What happened to Daniel Alfrenson?

    • canadianguest - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:17 PM

  5. canadianguest - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    MacLean said in an interview today he has 5 leaders on his team, naming them as Anderson, Spezza, Neil, Phillips, and Methot. The Captain is on that list, and it isn’t Anderson.

  6. Anoesis - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Alfredsson is singing with Detroit? What kind of songs do they do? Who’s the soprano?

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