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Report: Lightning to name new captain on Oct. 1

Sep 14, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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The wait to see who the Tampa Bay Lightning will name as their new captain will continue through the month of September.

According to a Tampa Bay Times online report, the Lightning’s new captain will be named on Oct. 1 – two days before the Bolts open the season on the road against the Boston Bruins.

The Lightning have been in search of a new captain since the club used one of its compliance buyouts on Vincent Lecavalier in the off-season.

As per Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times, there appears to be only two candidates: Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.

The 38-year-old St. Louis not only has career longevity and experience on his side, but, standing at just 5’8″, he’s been proving people wrong throughout his time in the NHL.

Last season, he put up 60 points in 48 games. That would more than suggest he’s still got quality hockey left in him, despite stature and age.

Stamkos, on the other hand, is now one of the most dynamic and dangerous scorers in the league at the age of 23. Having already hit the 50-goal and 60-goal plateaus in his career, he’s also the cornerstone for the franchise as it moves forward.

“If I had to put some money down, I’d put it on Marty,” Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times.

  1. ithasfourtoes - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I would be very surprised to see the ‘C’ go to Stamkos – really seems like St. Louis is a respected leader on the team. Stamkos saying he would put his money on St. Louis only increases the likelihood. Not to mention St. Louis will only be around a few more seasons. No reason not to just let 91 have it once St. Louis leaves.

    • anthj99 - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Agree 100%. Marty is a class act, a superstar, and has been a true leader for this team for a long time. Not only would he be a great captain, he’s earned it and it would be a great way to honor him.

  2. mclovinhockey - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Young C’s are horrible. Crosby, Giroux, Ovechkin… 3 of the best players in the game but not one of them should have the C. Towes is the only young gun that makes a good Captain. Just because you are skilled does not make you a good leader. If Marty does not get if I would be shocked.

  3. mathieug79 - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I like the idea of Marty being the captain, but its only a letter. Marty has to be the best leader on this team! Stammer tho is right behind, I’ve seen Stammer trying to get the young guys like Drouin, Erne, Kucherov feel right at home, trying to loose them up during training camp. Its nice to see that even though he’s only 23, he can help the rookies get through the same obstacles that he’s been through when he was 18-19 years old.

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