this is another reason why putting the C on him was a mistake from the start... he was already declining, fans were not thrilled about him at all, he's not "on par" lets say with other captains in the league, he couldnt "lead" on the ice or really have an impact.
I mean i get that a big block shot or a hit or the way he handles himself are all good things etc etc
But putting the C on a guy like that is only gonna expose him even more and the backlash from the fans is inevitable.
Well, your last sentence is probably true -- fans are naturally going to scrutinize the Captain of their team, no matter what. But the truth is, we don't really have any way to know how effective a leader Sal or anyone else is. Only the people in that locker room know. I'm sure there is some level of consideration given to the public relations impact of which player is wearing the C, but in the end the Captaincy is about leadership in the room, not whether you or I like the guy or not.
I don't really read much (or trust much of what I do read) about the behind-the-scenes, inner workings of the team, and I will concede that many of you know more about it than I do. And I will further concede that, like most of you, I don't have any desire to see Sal back in the lineup. He's just not that good any more. But all that said, I have never read about or heard any player speaking of Sal with anything other than the utmost respect, and only they can know whether or not he deserves the C or not. Our feelings about him are irrelevant.
And of course, it goes without saying, booing any player during a fan meet & greet event is entirely inappropriate and despicable. Totally off the map.