I agree with the fact that Koivu shouldn't be captain.. he can't even get himself fired up most of the time!
out of what we have...
my first pick would be:
Staal- his effort and production speaks for itself and the guy is a class act.. you'd think he would have the room's respect and would be the best choice out of what we currently have.
second pick would be:
Spurgeon- I know this one is a little out there.. but I feel Spurg is the most underrated guy on the team.. most people knock his size and I understand why during playoff hockey.. but he quietly puts in his work, is very solid and is someone I think a lot of players on the team respect and would take direction from.
I couldn't personally put the "C" on Parise just because it seems silly to have a leader who's play has been declining and isn't on the ice with injuries for seemingly good portions of each season. he's got a lot of heart and with him being local I can see why some would want it though.
or... they could always go back to the novelty of the old rotating "C"
There is ZERO pressure in the Minnesota market. New York, Boston, and Philly fans demand championships. If the team makes a boneheaded move, the press will call them out. Not here. "Well, the boys tried hard this year, but they had a lot of injuries. We'll get 'em next season..." "Geez, the boys sure ran into a hot goaltender. That's too bad." "The boys just don't have any puck luck this season. Darn shame..."
In fact, the only thing that differentiates a captain from another player is that he has the right to go in the refs' half-circle and talk to the officials. That's it. If the captain is not on the ice or is injured, then the Alternates have this right. That's only it.
The link captain-leader in not relevant in my opinion, because inside the team, the organisation and in the locker room, everybody know who is or are the real leaders. Don't need a letter to mention it. Being a leader is related to an attitude and character, not on a label.
Let me tell you a little true story: once upon a time, my team was in the playoffs semi-final, trailing 0-2 in a best-of-5 series. Then a player took his responsibilities and made a huge speech in the locker room just after the 2nd loss. Sometimes explaining, sometimes yelling, arguing a lot. Hell of a speech, shook the whole locker room. That guy was not the captain, neither the alternate. But he was the leader of that team, and everybody knew it. From that time, we won the next 3 games, winning the series 3-2 en route to the final. Then we swept them 3-0, winning the title.
Wearing a "C" or an "A" is just an additional letter on a jersey.
Zach did say being boo'd bothered them and then tried to blame the media for the fans angst...then found out the Avalanche lost and thus we were in the playoffs...and then said the fans shouldn't boo their home team, even if they're upset. All in the same interview...just another reason for me to not be a Parise fan.