John Garrett: Still a leader
The so-called drama surrounding the captaincy of the Canucks is half way finished.
Roberto Luongo has made the wise decision to relinquish wearing the C and concentrate solely on the most demanding job in any sport and that is being a goaltender.
You will notice how I did not say that he will be giving up the leadership role of being a captain. Luongo will be one of the leaders of this team as long as he is here, but he will not have the added responsibilities of being the spokesperson for the group.
Look around the league at the other teams and tell me who their leaders are. If their goaltender plays 60 or more games and they make the playoffs, chances are that goaltender is the leader or co-leader of his team.
Ryan Miller 69 games played - Where would the Sabres be without him?
Marty Brodeur 77 games played, Ilya Bryzgalov 69 games played, Craig Anderson and Jonathon Quick both became instant leaders on their team by playing 71 and 72 games respectively and being the main reason their teams made the playoffs. Roberto Luongo was hurt last season and still played 68 games and recorded 40 wins.
Mike Gillis tried something new. He made his goalie his captain. Was it a mistake? Did it hurt his team? They won the division again. They were second in the league in goals for and eleventh in goals against. They had the Art Ross trophy winner and for the first time ever a Hart Trophy winner. They had ten players who had career years. They had a great year with a disappointing ending.
Roberto Luongo wants to win as an individual and as part of the team. He wants to give himself the best chance to do that. Goaltenders are born leaders!