Guerin will wear the C

TSN.ca is reporting that the New York Islanders have named newly signed forward Bill Guerin as the team’s captain going into the 2007-08 season.

Guerin becomes the 11th team captain in Islanders history.http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=213187&hubname=

Opinion: While this is an odd situation in that most of, if not all, of the big name players have left this team, I can’t agree with placing the captain’s C on a player who’s been wearing your uniform for a week.

I’m not going to sugar-coat this, I’m a Rangers fan. I find nothing but pleasure in the demise of the Islanders, but, in all reality, what does Bill Guerin know about being a New York Islander that he deserves to be the captain and lead the team? Am I off-base with this? I wouldn’t want to see Chris Drury or Scott Gomez become Rangers captain. Alternate maybe, but not THE captain.

Just seems like a desparation move by a franchise that’s long past the threshhold of desparation.

Thoughts?


20 Responses to Guerin will wear the C

  1. goldman says:

    Should have made Hunter the captain! If they are really building a Nolan type team Hunter should have been our guy. Watch Hunter will get 30 goals this season in 2 yrs he'll be the best power forward in the league.

  2. Hockey11 says:

    Brendan Witt wasn't interested in the "C"?

  3. habswinthecup-again says:

     Hunter or Witt should have been named Captain. Guerin has never been a Captain of any team he has played on, much less one he hasn't even played for yet. Just one more stupid move made by the Islanders in my opinion.

  4. avsjoendryan says:

    witt or sillinger should have got the c going from a to c would have been better.

  5. SensShark says:

    Wow! I am begining to believe that maybe Milbury wasn't really that mad and it was Wanger…like a little puppet show.

    Gotta give it to NYI fans for sticking with a team …

  6. wingerxxx says:

    Hey, at least Yashin isn't their captain anymore.  I'm a Rangers fan, and I'm not one who takes pleasure in the off-ice problems the Islanders have.  I really hate it honestly.  I hated it in the late 90's when the previous ownership group had Mike Milbury basically scrap the team, and basically put a minor league hockey team on the ice.  Make all the jokes you want about Charles Wang, but the man cares about his team. 

    This just seems like it's going to be the Islander way.  I don't think that Guerin is going to be a bad captain.  I'm not a fan of a guy just walking in and assuming a leadership position either.  The positives are that Guerin is still a pretty good winger…when he's on.  And given the blue-collar reputation the Isles have, he's something of a perfect fit in Long Island.  Also, he has played for winning teams and knows what it is like to win the Stanley Cup.  So while its easy to criticize this move, the Islanders could have done worse here. 

    It's about time that Guerin had a chance to lead a team.  Much lesser players have had that honor.  And for better or worse….now he's got his chance. 

  7. NHLman says:

    What happened to the Souray thread that was posted after this one??

  8. tancred says:

    That's what happened when Scott Niedermeyer went to Anaheim–instantly he's the captain of the team.  Now, Guerin is no Niedermeyer.  But how is this any different?  

    I was happy the Ducks beat Ottawa, but something just really struck me the wrong way, seeing Teemu Selanne without even an A on his jersey.  It was the same with Pronger; he got that A almost as soon as he was traded to the Ducks.  And then Selanne had to wait til at least fourth to be passed the Cup?  Anyway, just a thoughtful digression there.  
    I like Guerin, and I have no problem with the Islanders.  Maybe the opinion stated at the end of this article (by whoever wrote it) has less to do with Guerin, and more about a Rangers fan disliking the Islanders?  Again, for comparison, how did the author think when S. Niedermeyer signed with the Ducks, and was instantly given the C?  
  9. leafdiehard says:

    I knew the islanders would make this mistake. Bill Guerin is nothing but a goal scorer. Whenever he is slumping, people know about it. They would be better off to make Witt, Hunter, or Sillinger the captain. Heck, make Rick DiPietro captain. Anybody but Guerin. He is way too selfish, no wonder why Blake wasn't captain.

  10. Gretzkin says:

    I don't think the letter on the jersey makes much of a difference.

    Do I think that it's wrong to make Guerin the Captain of the Islanders having never played a game?
    No.
    He's on the team, he's been signed to contribute, and at his age, also lead. He's an American and he's a real bastard on the ice. It's good for Islanders hockey.
    Having a letter on your jersey is an honour when it's given to you, and it's a bit of a symbolic jesture, but once you pull on your jersey, you can't even see it. You play your game and the players who lead, lead by example.
    I wear an A on my hockey team, but we all know who the guys are to go to when you've got questions or need tips, whether they have an A or not. And the 2 guys I look up to the most don't wear a letter, though I also lead by example. But if it were up to me, the C and other A on my team would be on these other players. But, it doesn't even matter. We all know who the leaders are.
    A good Captain wears the C, and is the Leader. I think Guerin fits the bill.
    It's not really a big deal, but an honour to be chosen.
    Guerin fits the mold for the Island, I think. He's a competitive bastard, and has been around long enough to have the respect of his peers in a leadership role.
  11. mojo19 says:

    I don't think its as bad as you make it seem. Guerin is a veteran player on this team. Besides Witt there is no real "captain" that I can see.

    Some suggest Sillinger. He's a skilled player but he's played for 12 different NHL teams. Maybe he is a good leader maybe not, I don't know but that stat seems relevant to me.

    Guerin isn't a super star but he is a star, and maybe the Isle's who have been raped in this offseason guaranteed him the "C" when he signed with them. His numbers were terrific last year on a terrible St.Louis team and although he's not amazing he will be one of, if not the best player on NYI next year so I like this choice.

  12. Hockey420 says:

    People on this website are so quick to say how stupid the islanders are or how awful the front office is, but whatever way you look at it the truth is aside from all of you people picking them to come in last, they still manage to make playoff appearances. I trust the decisions the front office makes and I believe they will make more noise the people think this year in the atlantic.

  13. mojo19 says:

    Oh yeah, I fully agree. I said the Islanders would make it last year and everyone said I was crazy. I said that Simon, Witt, and Kozlov were sly pick ups and they'd be a good team but no one thought they would.

    Now with no Yashin or Blake this year and Kozlov gone too it doesn't look great. I guess Comrie and Guerin replace Yashin and Blake, but no one replaces Tom Poti who ran the PP and logged big minutes. I guess the only thing I can say is Bergeron will take over there and DP will hopefully (For NYI) be healthy the whole year.

    I really think If Dipietro stays healthy the Islanders make the playoffs (or atleast are right in the hunt until the end).

  14. nyrhockey094 says:

    Its a combination of both. They are a Mickey Mouse organization. Wang runs the show, the Gm is his little puppet. Why do you think there was the whole Neil Smith controversey?? Who hires a great Gm, and then boots him out shortly after. And, if i remember correctly, He signed Witt Sillinger and Hill, three key parts to their playoff run, and then Garth came in, and Wang took control again.

  15. mojo19 says:

    Oh yeah. Good call with the american connection. Garth is American, Ricky D and Mike Dunham, don't know about Dubie, but atleast 3 of the past/current 4 goales USA born. then you had Blake replaced by Guerin.

    Anyway's I dont know where I'm going with that, but I like this signing and I like him as the captain too.

  16. goldman says:

    The Mickey Mouse organization has one more cups than the Great Rangers organization. How long have the Rangers been in the NHL? Oh yeah they were part of the original six. Tell me who's organization is worse.

  17. NYILES39 says:

    I guess with the Islanders giving Guerin the C there not going after Peca anymore.

  18. beckfan05 says:

    And what exactly dose Wang have to do with "one-ing" those cups?

    You meant won.

  19. goldman says:

    Wang totally turned the Isles around. They made the playoffs 4 out of 5 yrs since he took over. Not to bad if you ask me. But what would you know about hockey your a Ranger Fan. Before the cap you spent all the money you had and still missed the playoffs for 7 yrs straight. Talk about bad management!!

  20. beckfan05 says:

    You can try and insult me all you want. Its not gonna work.

    You act is if Wang has been a savior. There has been some pretty bad management on his part as well since taking over the daily operations of the team and also on his "lil buddies" part as well, Mike Milbury.

    Making the playoffs is one thing. Making them as the 8th seed every year and never advancing to the second round isn't quite an accomplishment in my book . But then again, thats all Islanders fans really talk about these days. So you guys must be pretty satisfied with it.

    That and the 4 cups they won 50 years ago that seem to NEVER go away.

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