Bob McKenzie wrote:We do not have any gritty veteran presence on this team. No one for the young guys to look up to and listen to the war stories from. No one to take verbal charge and tell the guys we can do this (and the young guns look at as a veteran and respect it).
After a Stanley Cup run, should Sid be that person.
Plus remember that Gonchar is a vet. And Fedotenko has won a Cup. We definitely aren't lacking the experience. Just because Shannahan is more well known than Fedotenko doesn't mean he has any more of an edge over him in the "war stories" department.
Plus with all the players we have, we don't have room for a story teller. Mario can tell stories.
Sid is still a 21 year old. No knock on age, but there is something different between a general leading troops and a very gifted soldier. I don't think Sid is that guy...yet.
Yes, Gonchar is a vet, but he's not a vocal locker room leader either. I have family in the DC area that know him from when he was a Capital and his personality doesn't seem like the type to be vocal on things day in and day out.
Fedotenko doesn't scream leadership to me. He had one good playoff.
It has nothing to do with Shanahan being more well known, he's been around a LONG time and has always been a vocal guy for his teammates.
As far as Mario telling stories, he himself has said he doesn't go into the locker room to talk to the guys.
If the team doesn't have a veteran for people to look up to or be a "story teller," see how good the chemistry department is come March.