Mar 29, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas (3) scoops the practice pucks on to the ice before the game against the Minnesota Wild at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Wild 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Case for Captaincy - Stephane Robidas

So far I’ve looked at two young extremely promising players in the forms of Brenden Dillon, and Jamie Benn. And based on the general consensus, the decision will most likely be one of those two. They’re young, and the long-term desirability that every team seeks in a captain is placed right in front of management.

However, there’s one more player who should not be overlooked.

Stephane Robidas.

Wait a minute, who? That guy? He’s been around for a while, and for goodness sake, he’s 36 years old!

Robidas has been with the stars a total of 10 seasons with the franchise, and has played 5 times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That may not seem like much, but experience is invaluable to a team with so much youth, and Robidas’ veteran presence as a captain is an interesting thought.

Robidas is one of the few players remaining with the Stars since their last playoff berth. It’s a completely different team then it was a few years back, and Robidas has been there for every single change. He knows what this teams all about, and he’s been an assistant captain for the club as well. He doesn’t score much, but he is a physical presence on the ice and is a class act as well.

Again, he’s not young. But, perhaps the Stars don’t need a youngster like Benn or the younger Dillon to step up to the plate. It could be too soon. While I still would argue that Benn is the perfect age, management could still see otherwise.

And should the team make the playoffs this year, who better to lead them then the man with playoff experience, and who has been with the team for so long.

It would be motivation for Robidas, no doubt, but I feel as though that motivation would yield much more productive results with Benn or Dillon. It’s not that Robidas does not deserve the “C”, it’s just that the role itself brings a huge boost of confidence to a players morale, and such a boost towards the play of a budding all-star would definitely help the team in a more significant way than that of one for Robidas.

In an article by Mike Heika, published in the Dallas News, it was made apparent that the team would likely select a captain before the start of the season. Regarding the decision itself, Nill had the following to say:

“You can do it for the short-term, but I truly believe a team functions better with a captain, he creates a big part of your identity and he provides leadership, and I think both are important to a team.’’

This pushes the idea that Nill wants a younger captain who would maintain the role for the long-term. His next statement regarding Steve Yzerman all but confirms this prediction:

“He was certainly ready for it, but I also think it was important that he was able to do the job for five or six years, you don’t want to be changing too much.’’

While new head coach Lindy Ruff will have a say in the matter, it seems as though Nill will push hard for a player like Benn or Dillon.

Don’t discount Robidas though, because if he can show his leadership abilities in training camp, and if the youngsters don’t appear ready to tackle the “C”, then Robidas is almost certainly next in line.

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