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Martin St. Louis only choice for Tampa captaincy

Coach Patrick Roy and the Avalanche have one of the NHL’s youngest captains in 20-year-old Gabriel Landeskog (left).
Coach Patrick Roy and the Avalanche have one of the NHL’s youngest captains in 20-year-old Gabriel Landeskog (left).ethan miller/getty images

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Steven Stamkos is the NHL’s most dangerous goal scorer. The center is Tampa Bay’s franchise player. Stamkos, bypassed by Team Canada for the 2010 Olympics, will be the team’s go-to shooter in Sochi next February. Stamkos is a friendly, engaging, and approachable young man. The 23-year-old represents his employer and his sport as well as any player in the league.

Stamkos, however, will have to wait to assume Tampa’s captaincy.

On Tuesday, the Lightning introduced Martin St. Louis as their new captain. The former University of Vermont star replaces Bolt buyout Vincent Lecavalier, who will be paid more than $32 million not to return to Tampa. The Lightning made the announcement at a fan event in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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