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San Jose Sharks: Patrick Marleau Willing To Give Up Captaincy

San Jose SharksAfter 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.

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8 comments for “San Jose Sharks: Patrick Marleau Willing To Give Up Captaincy”

  1. Agreed Boyle should get the “C”.
    Then who should get the “A”?

    I say Thornton and Clowe. Maybe Blake, but he is just year one year.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | July 19, 2009, 3:56 pm
  2. do you all feel that Patrick Marleau being the captain was a cause of the Sharks early exits in the playoffs? Any chance the organization is just trying to find blame?

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | July 20, 2009, 5:24 am
  3. I don’t think Marleau was the only reason for the early play-off exit. I think out goal tending had a lot to do with it also and the lack of leadership, which is Marleau is responsible for. He is not a vocal leader and does not say much in the locker room. Our best players need play their best in the play-offs and clearly Marleau did not do that. I think management wants to take the pressure of being a captain away from him and just let him play hockey. It’s not like San Jose is a hot bead for hockey, so I’m not sure how much pressure is really on him.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | July 20, 2009, 7:48 am
  4. Sounds like JR is going to call it a career. Too bad, I was hoping he would give it a go and play an abbreviated year and mentor some of the call-ups. I think he will have a great career in broadcasting though. Looks like we will need a third line RW now, unless they give it to Vesce or Couture. Announcement to come soon.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | July 23, 2009, 8:40 am
  5. I can appreciate the idea that JR brings experience but when you think about it, since we’ve failed to get past the second round the whole time he’s been here - how valuable is his mentoring? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed having him on the team but maybe it’s time to get some fresher legs into his spot.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | July 23, 2009, 10:39 am
  6. But that’s like saying we have not gotten past the second round with guys like Thornton and Boyle. Would you rather have JR on the third line or Vesce or Couture? JR also spends time on the PP and SO. I thought his leadership was better than Claude’s and made players like Setoguchi and Pavelski better. Granted he is not as fast as he use to be and we have not gotten deep in the playoffs with him, but I’m not sure we have a viable alternative.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | July 23, 2009, 12:31 pm
  7. I don’t have anything to say specifically about this post, however I did want to let everyone know how ready I am for hockey to start. Too bad, it’s still months away.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | July 23, 2009, 1:35 pm
  8. I know that this has nothing to do with this thread, but I want to hear your thoughts about the Sharks looking to get Dany Heatley from Ottawa. I demand a post! :-)

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | August 3, 2009, 6:17 pm

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