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Weekend FTB: A brief history of NHL Captains who lost the C

Blake Wheeler joins some pretty good company, actually

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Yesterday, it was announced by the Winnipeg Jets that the coaching staff decided to strip Blake Wheeler of the captaincy and enter this coming season without an official “C”. Lots of speculation as to why, especially considering all the rumours of how bad the locker room dynamic has been over the past several seasons.

Of course, you have to be a good player to be named captain these days. Blake Wheeler can consider himself in good company as far as other previous captains who also lost the “C” and remained with the team. Here’s a quick, more recent history of others who are part of the stripped club.

Patrick Marleau, who was stripped of the C so....

Joe Thornton could be named Captain, only to be stripped of the C eventually as well.

Dustin Brown, who was replaced by Anze Kopitar

Roberto Luongo, who gave up the captaincy himself (reportedly)

Mike Modano, probably because of Mike Babcock

Trevor Linden, who had it stripped in favour of Mark Messier in his short Canucks stint

Brett Hull, who feuded with his coach

Patrik Elias, who was stripped and then offered it back but didn’t want it.

Joe Sakic, when they were still the Nordiques, he went from the captain to an assistant the next year to being given back the C the year after that.

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Big news for anyone who wants a more reliable way to watch SHL games.

I could have sworn this was already settled but hey it only took them several months after Kane already signed with a new team, lost in the playoffs, then signed a new contract with the new team again.

Well there’s a crossover I never expected to happen...

Have a great weekend everyone!