Today i was driving back from Edmonton by myself, and had a little time to have a thought or two.
Avs currently are without a captain to take over the leadership role that Adam Foote and before him Joe Sakic left with their retirements. Now from a few things i’ve read there are rumor reports that Milan Hejduk may be next in line to lead the youth movement in the Avs locker room. Now after thinking about this i’ve come to think that this may actually be what will happen.
Like Adam Foote, Hejduk only has a few good years left until he most likely retires. He’s pretty much on a year to year basis right now, at least that’s what i take from him only signing 1 yr contracts at a time.
To me, the Avs management are just waiting for Matt Duchene to get a few more years in to award him with the captaincy. So why not give it to a franchise verteran who has put the time in and has a few more years left to let Duchene grow as a player and a leader. They arent scared to give the “C” to players who are on their way out ex.-Adam Foote. So why not do it one more time then when Milan retires pass it on to the player that when drafted was the beginning of the youth group coming into the Franchise and has been An Av fan since he was a kid.
Now you may be thinking, what about newcomer Erik Johnson, or first line center Paul Stastny. Well I believe Johnson is still to new to consider, even though he does have great leadership and could do the job of a captain well, and as for Stastny, well if they where to choose him it would mean that the management is commited to keeping him around, which i dont think is the case, if Stastny has another season where it shows that he is getting paid way to much, (6.66 million a year), we may see the Avs try and move him by trade deadline. Dont take my word for it, i could be way off, its just what i think.
So in the end i believe that Matt Duchene is the next long term Captain of the Avs, after Hejduk’s short stint with the “C”. But thats just me..
What do you think? Let me know on Twitter @mercus24, i would love to read thoughts on the subject.
Thanks for reading.