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Rearranging the deck chairs

Well, they had to do something, right?

So now news from the rapidly circling-the-drain Fort Wayne Komets that 40-year-old Guy Dupuis has been stripped of his captaincy, P.C. Drouin has lost the "A" on his sweater as an alternate captain, and, well, that'll fix what ails 'em, right?

Not.

Look, no question that part of the problem here is a lack of leadership. To what extent that's an issue in the locker room, I can't say, because I'm not in the locker room. But it's definitely an issue on the ice, and that's where it has a far more concrete effect.

Does stripping Dupuis of his captaincy change the fact that he's not playing well (especially, as he says, on the offensive end)? Does taking away Drouin's "A" make him start showing up at least once in awhile? Does moving his "A" around the locker room do anything substantive about getting his fellow invisible man, Mathieu Curadeau, off his duff out there?

Maybe. I don't know. I do know this is a team that was rudderless before and is even more rudderless now, with no captain and only one permanent alternate in Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock. I get what Al Sims is trying to do here -- make everybody take ownership of the product on the ice -- but I have a feeling this is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, and that the only thing it will do is create the impression that no one is really the take-charge guy in the locker room.

Too many chiefs, after all, usually means you have none.

Ben Smith's blog.

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