* RDS says Jacques Martin says the team will have a captain this season. Discuss candidates.
* RDS also reports Julien Brisebois is outta here … which throws the Hamilton situation into a bit of disarray.
• Arpon Basu compares the Plekanec and Koivu contracts
• Carolina will retire Rod Brind’Amour’s number
• All UFA team: The Best of what’s left (No Moore or Metro)
• Nothing to fear but Fehr himself
* Elliotte Friedman’s pre-holiday column
Re the Koivu contract, nsjohn130 posted this to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune web site:
I am statistically and logically looking at his worth. His points can only go up if he can get a first line player or two with him, he is a leader on a seemingly leaderless team at the moment (a leader must be born), he works harder than any player on the ice besides clutterbuck and brodziak (if only brodziaks skills were on par with his work effort) which creates a dynamic on the team to which other players will work hard, he is likable– i dont care so much about PR as I do staff and locker room relations, and lastly and honestly as important as the numbers he puts up is his loyalty. After all this is a business. Above all attributes, loyalty is the most important. At the end of the day everything is done for the organization first, not Mikko. Mikko gives direction to the team. It gives them identity, and if you don’t think that ALL of these things are worth 7 mill for a 27 year old player, I dont know what is.