The San Jose Sharks announced Wednesday that forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have been stripped of their captaincies by head coach Todd McLellan. The team also announced that forward Raffi Torres has had a surgical procedure done to his right knee for the second straight offseason.
This will not be the first time McLellan has taken away the “C” from a player. In the summer after his first year as head coach he removed the “C” from Marleau’s jersey and later gave it to Rob Blake. He was given an “A” after Blake retired, but now he has seen that letter come and go.
Now that they have officially been stripped of their duties, the speculation to who will be captain next will begin. If the management and coaching staff really are handing the team over to the younger generation, there should be three strong candidates, plus a few oddballs as well.
As I said in my previous article, I believe that it will be Couture with Pavelski and Vlasic being the alternates. If the San Jose Sharks chose to have three alternates, I think Burns would be the best candidate.
Here’s another idea. What if Thornton and Marleau earn their captaincies back? Perhaps they can prove to McLellan that they deserve to be captains again. We will just have to see.
As far as Raffi Torres goes, this is the second season in a row that he will not be on the opening night roster with a right knee injury. The infection was caused by the first surgery, and to “alleviate” the infection they had to remove the graft from his knee. He will now have to have the same surgical procedure done to his knee that made him miss all but five games last year.
In other news, the team hired Mike Yandle as a scout in the Northeastern United States. He previously served as a scout to the Florida Panthers for nine years.
Who do you think should be the next captain of the San Jose Sharks? How bad do you think the Torres’ injury will affect the Sharks?