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Oilers might rotate captaincy

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

With so many candidates to take over the Edmonton Oilers captaincy left vacant by Jason Smith's trade to Philadelphia, head coach Craig MacTavish hinted yesterday the club might alternate the C.

The coaches are wrestling over whether to give it to a veteran or to completely turn a page in their evolution and give it to a young skill player.

The compromise would be a month-to-month rotation, like the Minnesota Wild did last season.

"The preference is to find your best player and give it to him," said MacTavish, whose best players are the likes of Ales Hemsky and Jarret Stoll.

"If your best player is still a relatively young player, then that factors into it.

"We could name somebody who's going to evolve into it but isn't quite ready, or we could share it for a while until that person evolves into it."

The coaching staff will make a decision late in the pre-season.


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