San Jose Sharks: Patrick Marleau Willing To Give Up Captaincy
After the San Jose Sharks failed to make a decent run at the Stanley Cup last year there was (and continues to be) lots of talk about what the Sharks need to do to be better in the playoffs. Doug Wilson promised big changes, although we haven’t seen any trades that would qualify as ‘big’. The consensus on NHL Home Ice is that the Sharks really don’t need to make many personnel changes because we were, after all, the best team in the league during the regular season. The Detroit Red Wings, after losing in the finals in ‘95 and losing in the conference finals in ‘96, didn’t make drastic personnel changes and managed to win back-to-back in ‘97-’98.
The one topic that never goes away is the idea of Patrick Marleau and his ability to lead the team as captain. mercurynews.com is reporting that Doug Wilson has approached Marleau about giving up his captaincy, and that Marleau is willing to do anything to help the team.
I don’t know how captains are picked, but I do think it’s obvious that the only way the captaincy can change is if Marleau gives it up on his own. If management forced the change I think the players would feel like they have no ownership in the team. I think the Sharks are a smart enough organization to not tamper where they shouldn’t.
And the consensus on who should replace Marleau as captain - Dan Boyle.
The article also talks about Evgeni Nabokov waiving his no-trade clause - essentially that he hasn’t been approached to waive it but he would if he were asked.