Yes, so: what do you call a team captain who doesn't get to wear the "C," is unable to take ceremonial faceoffs, can't skate to centre ice to argue calls with the refs, and basically won't be doing anything captain-related whatsoever except muttering vaguely inspirational platitudes to a dressing room full of AHLers and real, live, actual captain-eligible players who can't figure out why the their team would name a goaltender captain when the NHL's Rule 14D explicitly prohibits it?
You call him Roberto Luongo — or Bobby Lou if you're an insufferable ass cheering for a doomed team.
Canucks Board has the "logistics":
Details: Though he cannot 'officially' wear the C, he is 'named' the captain. They have officially put him down as the captain, but Lui cannot take the ceremonial face-offs, wear the "C" on his sweater or argue calls.Shameless publicity exercise? Or is Luongo really the best guy for the job despite the handicaps of his position?
Alternates: Ohlund, Kesler, Mitchell. Ohlund will be taking the ceremonial face-offs and Mitchell will do the discussions with the refs.
Best comment so far, from Lord Bob:
As part of their continuing effort to give their best player meaningless titles, I've been informed by a reliable source that the Canucks also plan to name Luongo their first-line right wing before the new season.