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by George Malik on 06/19/12 at 05:09 PM ET
Blogging from my phone, so no quotes accompanying this one yet: Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner wants Red Wings fans to know that Henrik Zetterberg is certain to become Nicklas Lidstrom’s successor as Detroit’s next captain, but he also reveals that the team had once hoped that Martin Lapointe would fill Steve Yzerman’s shoes, and in the, “Who’ll be the next next captain?” line of thinking, Regner believes that Valtteri Filppula may one day captain the Wings.
Do you think that Zetterberg is definitely going to succeed Lidstrom, or of you think that Niklas Kronwall or Pavel Datsyuk should at least be seriously considered as captain material by the coaches and front office before they and the Wings’ players make the final call at the end of the exhibition season?
Update: here are some quotes from Regner’s article:
It was determined years ago, after Marty Lapointe left for Boston as an unrestricted free agent. Lapointe was and will always be a heart-and-soul Red Wing. When the Bruins offered him a mega-million-dollar contract in July 2001, the Wings told him he’d be crazy not to take the deal. Lapointe knew that he couldn’t turn the offer down, but instead of jumping for joy, he and his wife cried because they didn’t want to leave Detroit.
Even as a rookie, Lapointe’s locker stall was located next to Steve Yzerman’s. Yzerman had only one stall next to him because the corridor leading in and out of Detroit’s dressing room was on the other side of him. Whereas all the other Wings had teammates on either side, Lapointe and Yzerman had each other—and it was by design.
A first-round draft pick (10th overall) in 1991, Lapointe was the leader of the next generation of Red Wings. It was common knowledge that when Yzerman retired, Lapointe was the next captain.
After Lapointe departed for Boston, Nick Lidstrom wasn’t even on the radar because many believed he wasn’t interested in being captain. Obviously, that changed over the course of Lidstrom’s Hall of Fame career, and he deservedly wore the “C” after Yzerman retired in 2006.
The next player to have the coveted spot next to Yzerman wasn’t Lidstrom—usually a defenseman and forward don’t sit next to each in the dressing room. Rookie Henrik Zetterberg got the honor. Zetterberg had been dazzling in Traverse City during the first week of Wings training camp in September 2002. So it didn’t come as surprise that once the team arrived back in Detroit, he was sitting next to Yzerman.
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