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View Poll Results: Who should be Captain?
Backlund 168 50.30%
Huberdeau 41 12.28%
Tanev 53 15.87%
Lindholm 30 8.98%
Monahan 5 1.50%
Rasmus 5 1.50%
Somebody else 5 1.50%
Nobody 27 8.08%
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Old 08-08-2022, 02:24 PM   #161
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You make it sound like Backlund is a ridiculous choice for team captain. Why is that?

On the contrary one could argue that out of everyone on the roster Backlund is the most obvious choice since he has actually captained a team of elite-level professional players to a championship.

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Backlund is a player the fans have been wanting to push down the depth chart for years. At 33 he likely has at most 5 years left in the league. Why would they name a short term captain who may only have 2 years left on the team? A guy who likely finds his way to the bottom portion of the roster in the next year?

I want a long term captain not a transitional one. Huberdeau makes the most sense to me at this time because of his commitment to the organization, his elite level of play, and based on what he has said in the media he is ready to fully buy in to do what it takes to keep this team competitive. It doesn’t have to be this year either. See how it plays out and go from there.
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Old 08-08-2022, 02:25 PM   #162
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I voted for nobody. In my opinion the captain has to be the player that talks to the media when things get tough, and is able to keep everyone on the team accountable. Judging by last season those were Lucic, Backlund, Lewis, Coleman, and somewhat Tanev. However, I want the captain of this team to be signed for more than 2 seasons.

Backlund and Tanev are both great options, but I think that they might not be back after their contracts expire. That leaves Huberdeau, Mangiapane, Coleman and Andersson that are signed for more than 2 seasons. Huberdeau could be a good option in a season from now, once he is familiar with the room. I am not a fan of all the chirping and some of the antics Andersson showed(like trying to steal the puck after the game has ended), so I don't think he is captain material. Both Coleman and Mangiapane are definite options, and they both lead by example, but I don't know if they have enough star status.

Finally, Lindholm could be an option, especially next summer if/when he re-signs an extension. He is a definite leader of this team on the ice. However, he doesn't seem to be one of the guys to talk to the media when things get tough, and both Gaudreau and Tkachuk got to wear letters on his line before him.
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Old 08-08-2022, 02:48 PM   #163
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I would like to see Huberdeau being left do his thing for at least the first couple of seasons without having to worry about the responsibilities of being a captain. I'm concerned that naming him the captain of a team in a city that he's barely set foot in might put him in an awkward spot, especially when he's unfamiliar with the locker room dynamics. Also Backlund has already built a relationship with the city and is more connected to the community, and I think it will take time for Huberdeau to do the same.

I think there is a decent chance Backlund plays the rest of his career here. Even if he doesn't, worst-case is that he would be a fine transitional captain for the next guy (like Conroy was for Iginla), especially if can do some of the things that he did for Sweden. Huberdeau would be able to see where the team needs improvement during that time.
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Old 08-08-2022, 03:18 PM   #164
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I have no issue at all with Backs getting the C until he retires at the end of his career as a Flame. Then Huberdeau or whoever is the natural leader who bleeds Calgary red.
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Old 08-08-2022, 03:23 PM   #165
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I don't have a problem changing out the captain more regularly. Not sure why it's so set in stone in hockey vs other sports.

Backlund for a year or two until someone else emerges is OK. Tanev great choice too.

I agree I wouldn't necessarily wanna put even more pressure on Huberdeau as one way or the other, he has the ghosts of Johnny and Tkachuk hanging over him until he proves himself.
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Old 08-08-2022, 03:53 PM   #166
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I don't have a problem changing out the captain more regularly. Not sure why it's so set in stone in hockey vs other sports.

Backlund for a year or two until someone else emerges is OK. Tanev great choice too.

I agree I wouldn't necessarily wanna put even more pressure on Huberdeau as one way or the other, he has the ghosts of Johnny and Tkachuk hanging over him until he proves himself.
I voted for Nobody, but I kind of agree with you. I think I just got used to it by having only one captain change the last 20 years.
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Old 08-08-2022, 10:14 PM   #167
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Kind of off topic but Trouba named captain of the Rangers
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Old 08-08-2022, 10:17 PM   #168
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Backs all day; dude is the epitome of what it is and means to be a Calgary Flame. He has more than earned the right to captain this team and I think it might unlock another level inside Backs If he were to be given tee captaincy.
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Old 08-08-2022, 10:47 PM   #169
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We all know Sutter is the true captain of this team anyways.
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Old 08-09-2022, 06:30 AM   #170
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Kind of off topic but Trouba named captain of the Rangers
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I had posted this article last year when the debate was on who would replace Giordano as the C.

-In 2018 Captained Sweden to a Gold medal at the Worlds. Sweden was perfect with Backlund as captain, running the table to a 10-0 record. Here is some of the article https://www.nhl.com/flames/news/a-go...nt/c-298716768 after winning the gold from his coaches and teammates:

He earned some positive reviews in his first go-round representing Sweden with the 'C'.

"Tremendous job," Sweden head coach Rikard Gronborg said.

"I knew we had a good captain, but he did more than I thought he would do. He took tremendous ownership of the whole process of the players and he was a great link between the coaching staff and the players. Even before, he was doing the scheduling every day. That's the type of player he is. It was easy for us to reach the players because he was such a great link.

"Tremendous hockey player, tremendous person and a great leader."

Johan Garpenlov, Sweden's assistant coach, a three-time skater in past tournaments, and a veteran of 609 NHL games logged with stints with the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers, echoed the thought.

"He's done a great job for us," Garpenlov said. "He's our leader, obviously, our captain. On and off the ice he's such a good player. He shows up every game, every shift. He makes the guys feel comfortable out there, even in the dressing room. He's done a great job."

From the coaches perspective, Backlund did a bang-up job.

From his teammates perspective?

Much of the same.

"Just great, great leader," said teammate and Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg. "Great player. Obviously playing against him a lot in Calgary, you see the two-way game that he brings. He's got a really high skill set but still one of the best defensive centers in the league.

"Coming in here, he was a guy taking charge, talking a lot, just being vocal in the locker room and leading on the ice. He was one of our best players every game I played here.

"I'm just proud to be his teammate."

The role was natural for Backlund, who in Calgary has sported an 'A' from time to time and was the recipient of the J.R. McCaig Award, given by the Flames to both the player and staff member who best exemplify McCaig's enduring virtues of respect, courtesy and compassion for all individuals he encountered both in his professional and everyday life in March.



Well this got my vote. +1 for backs
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