“Leadership is not a sometime thing or a come and go thing,” said McPhee. “It is an all-the-time thing. Chris Clark has all-the-time leadership qualities. He is a leader in the mold of one of our all-time favorites, Dale Hunter; a quiet man off the ice, a cantankerous, ultra-competitive player on the ice.”Obviously not everyone will be happy with this decision, and Eric at Off Wing and I had a pretty good back-and-forth on the topic last week. Two things we can all agree on: 1) Olie Kolzig is the real captain of this team and 2) Clark is just keeping the "C" warm until Alex Ovechkin is ready to captain the team.
UPDATE: I guess I spoke too soon - not everyone agrees on point 2 above, as Glen Hanlon was quick to say Clark's "not a stopgap captain," and in fact "Chris Clark is going to be the one that's going to hold the Stanley Cup over his head" when the Caps win Lord Stanley's Mug. Then again, judging from the latter statement, Hanlon may have been being sarcastic in the former.