Monday, September 18, 2006

No Captain's C for Crosby this season

The Pittsburgh Penguins decided not to burden Sidney with the scarlet letter C on his sweater, and will not be going with a Captain this season.


Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Michel Therrien ended the speculation Monday, delaying for now the inevitable inheritance of the captaincy by 19-year-old superstar centre Sidney Crosby.

''As an organization we've decided this year not to have a captain,'' Therrien said after practice at the Moncton Coliseum. ''The biggest reason why is out of respect for what Mario Lemieux did for this franchise. So we decided for this year that there's no rule that we need a captain. So we'll keep doing what we did when Mario retired last year.''

That means they'll carry three alternate captains, and although Therrien wasn't ready to announce who they'll be, it's a given that Crosby is one of them.

''For me, my focus is on being a better assistant captain,'' Crosby said two hours earlier when asked about the captaincy. It wasn't clear at that point whether he knew of Therrien's decision.

''But that's the last thing on my mind right now,'' Crosby added. ''I'm worried about having a great start.''


Now, not naming a captain because of Super Mario is just dumb. Mario is selling his stake in the team, and seems to have no interest in being a part of the franchise.

On the other hand, the Pens don't really have the greatest C material on the roster? Recchi? He's got issues and may clash with Sid the Kid. This move likely gives Therrien more control of the team and that may be by design.

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