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07:21 AM ET 06.12 | With a new sheriff in town, the pressure, to some degree, is turned up on Taylor Hall. [Hall] knows you can't keep blaming the coach. Ultimately, the responsibility lies with the players. ... The next shoe to drop could very well be the departure of captain Shawn Horcoff and winger Ales Hemsky. The two were instrumental in helping the Oilers get to the final in 2006, but [Craig MacTavish] has admitted it may be time to part ways with the pair. ... If Horcoff does move on, Hall would then become a strong candidate to take over Oilers captaincy. He's become the de facto leader of the next generation, which includes Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Magnus Paajarvi, Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz.

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June 12, 2013  07:29 AM ET

"Hall knows you can't keep blaming the coach."

That a dumb statement from this Derek Van Diest character. Did Hall ever blamed anybody? He's not the type and, yes! He'll be a great captain. Far better that Sean Horrorcoff ever was.

June 12, 2013  08:21 AM ET
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He'll be a great captain. Far better that Sean Horrorcoff ever was.

Probably better, but not so sure about great yet. The flashiest offensive player on the team does not necessarily equate to being a good captain. Guys like Henrik Sedin, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin may be the face of their respective teams, but they are not very good team captains.

June 12, 2013  08:37 AM ET
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Probably better, but not so sure about great yet. The flashiest offensive player on the team does not necessarily equate to being a good captain. Guys like Henrik Sedin, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin may be the face of their respective teams, but they are not very good team captains.

If a guy as smart as a bag of doorknobs can be captain in To***to Hall can certainly be captain in Edmonton.

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June 12, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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It's one thing to say guys aren't very good captains, but you have to take a look at who they're captaining and ask yourself, "would anybody else on this team make for a better one?". Really think the answer for all three would be no.

Ryan Kessler should be the Canucks captain. Penguins and Caps would benefit from an emotionally stable, defensively responsible captain.

June 12, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Ryan Kessler should be the Canucks captain. Penguins and Caps would benefit from an emotionally stable, defensively responsible captain.

Have to agree with you. I thought Laich would do a great job for us. The "star" is not necessarily the right choice for captain. Sometimes yes, but not always. Maybe Matt Cooke for the Pens?

Just kidding............:-).

June 12, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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Ryan Kessler should be the Canucks captain. Penguins and Caps would benefit from an emotionally stable, defensively responsible captain.

Hey its not Sid's fault. You get hit in the head as many times as he has and we'll see how emotionally stable you are.

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June 12, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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Ryan Kessler should be the Canucks captain.

Having Heimlich von Kesler as the Canucks captain would be perfect.

He could lead by example and they would exit early every playoffs.

June 12, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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Wouldn't you want a captain who actually plays in more than 5% of the team's games?

And shows up against tough teams, not just patsies..

June 12, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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Wouldn't you want a captain who actually plays in more than 5% of the team's games?

Kesler regular season games played:
2008 - 80/82
2009 - 82/82
2010 - 82/82
2011 - 82/82
2012 - 77/82
2013 - 17/48

Evidence shows this year was an anomaly.

June 12, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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And shows up against tough teams, not just patsies..

This describes the Sedins well. The key to shutting down the Sedins ("captains") is to bump them. There will be no threat of a pushback from them and it will completely knock them off their game.

Kesler will push back and even initiate without throwing a temper tantrum. Kesler will play defense.

June 12, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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Probably better, but not so sure about great yet. The flashiest offensive player on the team does not necessarily equate to being a good captain. Guys like Henrik Sedin, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin may be the face of their respective teams, but they are not very good team captains.

Hall has Messier written all over him. He'll be a beauty as a player and as the leader of the Oilers. He needs a little more time mature. Don't forget, Mess didn't become captain of the Oilers till after Gretz was traded so, Hall has some time. No need to rush him.

June 12, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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He needs a little more time mature.

That's what I see, which is why I used the "yet" qualifier.

June 12, 2013  12:49 PM ET
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Kesler will push back and even initiate without throwing a temper tantrum. Kesler will play defense.

You must be talking about some other Kesler.

The Kesler that got Kronwalled threw a huge hissy fit.

June 12, 2013  01:12 PM ET
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You must be talking about some other Kesler.The Kesler that got Kronwalled threw a huge hissy fit.

My point was that Kesler will push back and initiate, which is the exact opposite of what defines a Sedin. Sedins avoid at all cost and cry when avoidance fails. Therefore, Kesler would be a better captain than Sedin.

June 12, 2013  01:36 PM ET
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My point was that Kesler will push back and initiate, which is the exact opposite of what defines a Sedin. Sedins avoid at all cost and cry when avoidance fails. Therefore, Kesler would be a better captain than Sedin.

Kesler only pushes back if it suits him.

You're trying to differentiate between doggy do and kitty poo.....

But I truly hope they give him the C. He can lead them to oblivion as easily as the next guy.

June 12, 2013  02:06 PM ET
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You're trying to differentiate between doggy do and kitty poo.

We are talking about the Canucks.

 
June 12, 2013  02:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Hall has Messier written all over him. He'll be a beauty as a player and as the leader of the Oilers. He needs a little more time mature. Don't forget, Mess didn't become captain of the Oilers till after Gretz was traded so, Hall has some time. No need to rush him.

The new Coach is reportedly seriously considering using Hall at centre.

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