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Why Hejduk gave up the 'C'

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08:20 AM ET 09.06 | Earlier this week, a torch of sorts was passed from veteran to young star. Gabriel Landeskog, the reigning Calder Trophy winner as NHL rookie of the year, was given his captain's jersey by veteran Milan Hejduk, who voluntarily relinquished the role. Colorado coach Joe Sacco made the move -- earmarking the 19-year-old Landeskog as the youngest captain in NHL history. ... "(The captain) should be somebody with a significant role on the team, probably on the top two lines, which I was not last year," said Hejduk, who is nine regular-season games shy of 1,000 and 29 goals short of 400. "It kind of feels weird when you're playing on the third and fourth lines and being captain. It didn't feel right."

The Denver Post

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September 6, 2012  08:23 AM ET

At Least You Won't Go Down With The 'Ship', Bro.

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September 6, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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Hejduk had very little left last season. Shoulda retired.

Or, should be playing for the Red Wings.

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September 6, 2012  09:10 AM ET

I had a lot of negativity to post on this, but then I remembered, the "Captain" of my beloved Leafs is "Captain D".

And yes, he does stink like rotten fish (fast food reference for our Canadian brothers)

September 6, 2012  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I had a lot of negativity to post on this, but then I remembered, the "Captain" of my beloved Leafs is "Captain D".And yes, he does stink like rotten fish (fast food reference for our Canadian brothers)

Does he still stink like The Avery's seconds or has that all been washed away?

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September 6, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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I don't care how talented this kid is, I think it's reeks of desperation to put the "C" on a 19 year old's jersey. Surely there must be a respected veteran on the Avalanche that plays a significant roll on the ice?

Exactly- give the kid an "A" ...earn the "C"

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September 6, 2012  10:03 AM ET

The only reason they gave Gabriel the "C" instead of any of their Centers is because the organization does not know which players they are going to be able to keep.Whether a trade of FA takes over. So they went with the safe bet by giving it to their top wing. Since the Av's know they can hold on to him for a very long time.

September 6, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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I don't care how talented this kid is, I think it's reeks of desperation to put the "C" on a 19 year old's jersey. Surely there must be a respected veteran on the Avalanche that plays a significant roll on the ice?

As much as everyone blasts Sid around here, when the Penguins offered him the "C" in his second year he turned it down the honor until he felt he was ready for it.

September 6, 2012  10:05 AM ET

Why Hejduk gave up the 'C'

I don't really care why he gave up the 'C'. I know I'm never going to.

September 6, 2012  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

As much as everyone blasts Sid around here, when the Penguins offered him the "C" in his second year he turned it down the honor until he felt he was ready for it.

Not everyone, I am a huge fan , and hearing this does not surprise me at all.

September 6, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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I remember this kid who played for the Bruins that established himself as the bestest player in all the world after only two years in the NHL and he never wore the "C" on his jersey. He did get an "A" after a few years, but the Captain was some Indian fella who had been a round a long time and was respected by everyone in the league.

Well done ! As a Canadiens fan pre Calgary Flames existence , i had grudging respect for the little Stan train that could !

September 6, 2012  10:08 AM ET
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Or, should be playing for the Red Wings.

We're all too bitter for that. Though not relevent now, old Avs-Wings rivalry doesn't die.

September 6, 2012  10:13 AM ET

19 years old is way too young for being captain. The pressure is going to mess up his development. For historical perspective see Lindros, Eric.

September 6, 2012  11:06 AM ET

Captain for a season that may never be. An ignoble award?

September 6, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Does he still stink like The Avery's seconds or has that all been washed away?

Oh man :))))))

September 6, 2012  11:10 AM ET

At 21 Stevie Y was awarded the 'C' and excelled, but he was a mature player already. Gabriel Landeskog really didn't ring a bell, had to look him up.:(

 
September 6, 2012  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

As much as everyone blasts Sid around here, when the Penguins offered him the "C" in his second year he turned it down the honor until he felt he was ready for it.

Yes--I do recall that.

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