The Tennessean's John Glennon picked up on the discussion immediately and has a post today that provides the complete transcript of Trotz's answer.
To see the visual of the Question and Answer, look at the following clip beginning at 2:22.
Read John's post for his thoughts but here is the transcript of Trotz's answer pulled from the Tennessean.
``When we had the team that got turned over a little bit (in 2007) and had a lot of young players and a couple of older guys, Jason was the guy who had the big voice in the room and felt that he could take up that leadership role. It probably wasn’t exactly something that … It doesn’t come naturally to him. But he’s grown in that area and worked hard at doing the right things more often, and the last two years he’s done a decent job.
``Some guys … I’ve talked with Steve Yzerman with Team Canada, and when he was made captain at Detroit, he was uncomfortable for a number of years. It takes time. It’s something that … There are very few guys that you can just say, `Hey, put a C on and you’re the captain.’ Some guys are comfortable with it. Jason, I would say, has become fairly comfortable with it. But at the same time, there are still areas that … Every captain or leader leads in certain ways. You talk to people in Detroit and they say Nick Lidstrom leads on the ice. When he does talk, everybody is listening. So everybody leads in their own way and you have to be comfortable with it.
``It’s no different than if you’re put in an elevated position in the lineup. You have to learn to be comfortable with it. Leadership (is something) we look at every year and we basically go by it every year. As I say, I’m reevaluating everything on our hockey team because I know we can be better.’’
It does appear that the groundwork may be in the process of being laid for a move to home-grown leadership at some point in the future.
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