The Detroit Red Wings named Henrik Zetterberg their new captain today at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.
Zetterberg takes on the captaincy after Nicklas Lidstrom retired.
Zetterberg was an alternate captain last season with Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall, but his time as Red Wings captain was foreshadowed when he had a locker next to Steve Yzerman in 2006.
Yzerman and Lidstrom were only a couple legendary Detroit captains mentioned by Zetterberg in his press conference. The likes of Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio were also mentioned. Note that all of the above have their jerseys in the rafters (and for Lidstrom's case, soon to be).
Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall will be the alternate captains this season.
With news of Roberto Luongo requesting a trade from the Vancouver Canucks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning deciding to explore other options for a starting goaltender, rumours of the Toronto Maple Leafs pursuing the 33-year-old goaltender have heated.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie, however, mentioned that the Leafs, as of now, are not believed to be interested.
Assistant general manager Dave Nonis has made it clear that the Leafs intend on acquiring a veteran goaltender this summer with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens expected to battle for the back-up role.
So, if not Luongo, which goaltender may the Leafs acquire?
Ken Campbell wrote an interesting yet laughable article for The Hockey News about Washington Capitals' star Alexander Ovechkin's 'evolving superstar status' in which he compares Ovie to Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman.
Here is an excerpt from Campbell's article:
When Steve Yzerman reached the crossroad of his career, he had the option of going one of two ways. He could either continue as a one-way offensive dynamo or he could reinvent himself as a two-way player.
Had he taken the first option, there’s a good chance Yzerman would have never won a single Stanley Cup. Either he would have been dealt from the Detroit Red Wings or he wouldn’t have been able to provide them with the type of play they needed for him to lead them to three championships. Because he chose the latter, not only was he an integral part of three championship teams, but he also cemented his Hall of Fame credentials and his status as one of the greatest leaders and players of all-time.
There are issues in Detroit with a certain hockey team that most people will not notice. Currently sitting in a playoff spot, the Red Wings look like there aren’t many issues facing them as of now. I’m here to tell you otherwise.
A stat that I looked up might not be alarming to some, but it proves the point I have been making about this team since a few weeks into the season; consistency.
Taking into account the whole season, Detroit has not lost or won just one game in a row. It has always been two-plus losses or 2-plus wins, never a single tick in the ‘W’ or ‘L’ column. To me, this clearly whispers that there are some inconsis...
And now you see why I don't think most Leafs fans don't have brains. Well, all the Leafs writers here seem to be smart enough to figure out the inevitable was going to happen. They may have thought about it, and while a lot of teams probably did, it just wasn't going to happen.
Which leads us to today. Steven Stamkos is a Tampa Bay Lightning for another 5 years. He is making a little less than captain Vincent Lecavalier's $7.7 million salary at $7.5 per year, but I take this as a perfect contract. The term is enough that Stamkos will be around in his prime, and GM Steve Yzerman can build around him.