Who will replace Giordano? The Kraken is looking for a new leader

Who will replace Giordano? The Kraken is looking for a new leader
Who will replace Giordano? The Kraken is looking for a new leader

Last year Mark Giordano was given that extraordinary task. The experienced Calgary fullback transferred to the new club and was immediately honored with the captain’s tag. Unfortunately, the season didn’t go particularly well for the Kraken, so general manager Ron Francis reached out to the veteran and gave him a chance to fight for the Stanley Cup elsewhere. He liked Toronto so much that he signed a two-year contract after the season.

Ahead of the second season in club history, Seattle faces a fresh start. It is one of seven teams in the NHL currently without a named captain. And he definitely doesn’t intend to rush anything at the club. Choosing someone again just for a few months would be a shame.

A few days ago, Ron Francis let it be known that he was discussing a new captain with coach Dave Hakstol. “We would like to have a captain. However, we will see how camp and preparation goes before we make a final decision,” Francis said.

An officially appointed capo is not a necessary condition for the good functioning of the team. The Boston Bruins won both Stanley Cups in the early 1970s (1970, 72) without a captain. Vegas also reached the finals in 2018 without an official leader.

A good captain must not only lead by example, overseas also an exemplary approach to the media and sponsors, engagement in charity events, etc. is expected. The Seattle Times names Yanni Gourde (30 years old), Adam Larsson (29) and Jordan Eberle (32) as possible candidates. . Gourde and Larsson have contracts for three more years, Eberle for two.

The fact that Eberle’s only primary language is English is also emphasized. Gourde is a French-speaking Canadian, Larsson a Swede. Scandinavians usually have excellent English, but they haven’t spoken the language of proud Albion since birth. It can be a small handicap.

Larsson managed to play a full portion of 82 games last year, Eberle was the first nominated player in club history for the All Star Game. If the team was not doing well, he was not afraid to take responsibility and appear in front of the press. Gourde received the Guyle Fielder Award for perseverance and dedication to hockey.

Choosing a new leader will certainly be an attractive matter in Seattle.

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