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Countdown 13: No. 5 Question; Who Will Wear The Letters?

Sunday, 10.2.2011 / 7:26 PM ET / Countdown To Home Opener 2011
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Countdown 13: No. 5 Question; Who Will Wear The Letters?

Center Stephen Weiss has been an alternate captain for the Panthers the last four seasons. Will he have a different letter on his jersey this season?
In today's topic, we take a closer look at who might wear the letters in the Top Five Questions this season.

With so many new faces looking to come together in such a short period of time in hopes of success, the question seems to be; who will the team leaders be?

It's been asked by media members on a weekly basis. Who will be named the seventh captain in franchise history for the upcoming season. There's also the question of who will be named the alternate captains.

It will probably be one of the earliest questions answered this season as head coach Kevin Dineen has said that the leadership group should be named prior to the start of the season.

So who are some of the candidates?

There are plenty of players who have been in the "leadership" group whether it has been on the Panthers or with another team. Stephen Weiss, the longest tenured Panther, has been an alternate captain the past four seasons. A consumate pro, Weiss leads by example. Then there's former Panthers first round pick Ed Jovanovski who before returning to South Florida was an alternate captain with Phoenix and even wore the 'C' while Shane Doan was suspended this past year and was also an alternate captain with Vancouver. Defenseman Brian Campbell has held the position of both captain (December 2007) and alternate captain before with Buffalo. Panthers defenseman Mike Weaver was an alternate captain after being given an 'A' following the trade deadline this past season.

Other players have held leadership positions on their countrie's teams at world tournaments.

Looking at the pre-season, the Panthers have put the 'A' on several players. That list includes Jovanovski, Weaver and Weiss, Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Jason Garrison, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc, Steve Reinprecht, David Booth and Sean Bergenheim. In the last three games, the alternates were Weiss, Jovanovski and Kopecky (vs Tampa on September 24), Fleischmann, Versteeg and Garrison (vs Dallas on September 27) and Fleischmann, Jovanovski and Weaver (at Dallas on September 29).
 
When it comes to naming the team leaders, another question comes to mind. How will the alternates fall? Will Dineen and his coaching staff decide on a rotating position or have four alternates (two for home, two for road or an every other game kind of thing) or will they just go with a normal, captain and two alternates look.

Look for this question to be answered relatively soon.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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