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Stamkos thinks St. Louis deserves captaincy

Sep 11, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

Steven Stamkos #91 and Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning look on against the Toronto Maple Leafs at St. Pete Times Forum on January 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.
(January 24, 2011 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t expected to name a new team captain until after the preseason, but when they do it will probably come down to Martin St. Louis and Steve Stamkos.

Based on Stamkos’ recent comments, St. Louis, 38, is the favorite to get the job.

“You have to think, from my point of view anyway, it will go to Marty,” Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s been a guy who has been here a long time. He deserves a chance to wear the C.”

At the age of 23, Stamkos is expected to be a huge factor and the face of the Lightning for years to come, but St. Louis’ contributions to the franchise certainly can’t be ignored. He ranks second on the team’s all-time games played list and first in points. St. Louis is also still a force on the ice despite his age, as evidenced by his capture of the scoring title last season.

Tampa Bay needs a new captain because they used a compliance buyout on Vincent Lecavalier.

  1. hockey412 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Stamkos is a great team guy – and I agree with him. He’ll have his chance, give it to Marty.

  2. amityvillefun - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    100% agree. St Louis has more than earned it. Lots of respect for that guy.

  3. stakex - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Yeah there is little doubt that it SHOULD go to St Louis… but it will probably end up with Stamkos. The captaincy use to go to a veteran leader. Now a days it goes to the young super stars because that’s better for PR.

  4. ladygator43 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Marty has my vote….he should have had it years ago…..#4 was ineffective for a long time…..only his community involvement kept him so popular.

  5. ljacks11 - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Think it’s a no brainer that the C should go to St. Louis. Won’t find a hard core Bolt fan that thinks otherwise. Throughout the years he has kept the respect of the fans with his work ethic both on and off the ice. The man is a class act !

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