Friday, April 30, 2010

Glennon Questions Arnott's Return as Captain

As the Predator's post season presser wore down yesterday, I asked Barry Trotz to follow up on some comments he made on NHL Live on Wednesday about the "young leadership group" and Jason Arnott as Captain.

The Tennessean's John Glennon picked up on the discussion immediately and has a post today that provides the complete transcript of Trotz's answer.

To see the visual of the Question and Answer, look at the following clip beginning at 2:22.

Read John's post for his thoughts but here is the transcript of Trotz's answer pulled from the Tennessean.

``When we had the team that got tur­ned over a little bit (in 2007) and had a lot of young pla­yers and a cou­ple of older guys, Jason was the guy who had the big voice in the room and felt that he could take up that lea­dership role. It pro­bably wasn’t exactly something that … It doesn’t come natu­rally to him. But he’s grown in that area and wor­ked hard at doing the right things more often, and the last two years he’s done a decent job.

``Some guys … I’ve tal­ked with Steve Yzer­man with Team Canada, and when he was made cap­tain at Detroit, he was uncom­for­ta­ble for a num­ber of years. It takes time. It’s something that … There are very few guys that you can just say, `Hey, put a C on and you’re the cap­tain.’ Some guys are com­for­ta­ble with it. Jason, I would say, has become fairly com­for­ta­ble with it. But at the same time, there are still areas that … Every cap­tain or lea­der leads in cer­tain ways. You talk to peo­ple in Detroit and they say Nick Lids­trom leads on the ice. When he does talk, every­body is lis­te­ning. So every­body leads in their own way and you have to be com­for­ta­ble with it.

``It’s no dif­fe­rent than if you’re put in an ele­va­ted posi­tion in the lineup. You have to learn to be com­for­ta­ble with it. Lea­dership (is something) we look at every year and we basi­cally go by it every year. As I say, I’m ree­va­lua­ting everything on our hoc­key team because I know we can be better.’’

It does appear that the groundwork may be in the process of being laid for a move to home-grown leadership at some point in the future.

More Later...

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