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Stamkos thinks St. Louis deserves captaincy

Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos

Steven Stamkos #91 and Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning look on against the Toronto Maple Leafs at St. Pete Times Forum on January 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (January 24, 2011 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)

The Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t expected to name a new team captain until after the preseason, but when they do it will probably come down to Martin St. Louis and Steve Stamkos.

Based on Stamkos’ recent comments, St. Louis, 38, is the favorite to get the job.

“You have to think, from my point of view anyway, it will go to Marty,” Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s been a guy who has been here a long time. He deserves a chance to wear the C.”

At the age of 23, Stamkos is expected to be a huge factor and the face of the Lightning for years to come, but St. Louis’ contributions to the franchise certainly can’t be ignored. He ranks second on the team’s all-time games played list and first in points. St. Louis is also still a force on the ice despite his age, as evidenced by his capture of the scoring title last season.

Tampa Bay needs a new captain because they used a compliance buyout on Vincent Lecavalier.

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