The 34-year-old forward took over as the Dallas Stars captain in 2006 and has widely been recognized as the face of the franchise ever since. Morrow's departure brings the question of who will replace him as team captain.
Here are the top five candidates to become the Dallas Stars' next captain:1) Loui Eriksson: The soft-spoken forward from Gothenburg, Sweden, has proved himself as a consistent goal scorer for the past several seasons. Eriksson is a disciplined player who leads by example.
2) Jamie Benn: Benn is an all-around player; someone who can score, play defense and isn't afraid to drop the gloves. His young age may be the only factor preventing him from becoming the next captain.
3) Ray Whitney: The 40-year-old forward has plenty of experience and played on a Stanley Cup champion team. The only concern is his age and if he has any fuel left in the tank. However, if this season is any indication of his durability, Whitney might still have a couple seasons left.
4) Stephane Robidas: A fan favorite whom was recently selected to the Dallas Stars 20th Anniversary Team. Robidas is a hard-hitting defenseman who has consistently logged heavy minutes for the team.
5) Vernon Fiddler: During an interview with Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan hinted at the possibility of Fiddler being named captain because he's a very vocal leader in the locker room. Fiddler also has experience with a leadership role as an alternate captain during his time with the Phoenix Coyotes.
It appears that Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk has all but given up on this season after trading away valuable talent in both Brenden Morrow and Jaromir Jagr. As the rebuilding process begins, more young prospects will be added to the roster. These young players need a captain with experience to lead the way and get the team back into playoff contention.
Anthony Vence covers the Dallas Stars as a Dallas/Fort Worth-based sports journalist and photographer.
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