Who should wear the 'C'?

As most of you may have noticed, especially if one of them is your team, a lot of the team out there have yet to name their new captains.

Some of them, like Minnesota and Buffalo, have never actually had a full-time captain, they have always rotated the ‘C’ monthly.

Some of them have traded their Captain, or lost them to free agency, like New Jersey with Scott Steven/Scott Niedermayer, or New York with Messier, or Anaheim with Rucchin.

The list goes on.

So, I have decided to go though each team that doesn’t have a captain and name who I think should be the captain by October 1st. Here we go…

Anaheim Mighty Ducks: Keith Carney

I know some of you would say that Niedermayer should get it. I disagree for now, give Nieds the ‘A’ that Carney has now. Carney was a rock for the Ducks in their cup run a few years ago and is already a true leader, also, he has been with the ducks longer that Nieds, obviously. He deserves it.

Atlanta Thrashers: Scott Mellanby

Eventually, in my opinion, I think Kovalchuk will be Atlanta’s Captain, even at a young age like the Bruins did with Thornton or Florida with Jokinen. But for now, Mellanby should be the Thrasher’s leader. At 39 years old, he definitely had the experience to lead this young team for al least the next 2 years.

Boston Bruins: Joe Thornton

Named Captain: 2002

Buffalo Sabres: Daniel Briere & Chris Drury

Named Co-Captains of the team on September 15, 2005. I would have left Briere as Captain and gave Drury an ‘A’ along with Numminen.

Calgary Flames: Jarome Iginla

Named Captain: 2003

Carolina Hurricanes: Rod Brind’Amour

Named Captain: 2005

Chicago Blackhawks: Eric Daze

The guy has been quite injury-prone the last couple of seasons so he’s been in and out of the lineup, however, he’s been the Alternate for a long time and knows how to lead a team as second in charge. I’d give him the ‘C’ and if he just doesn’t end up having the leadership qualities, hand it over to none other than Mr. Aucoin.

Colorado Avalanche: Joe Sakic

Named Captain: 1992

Columbus Blue Jackets: Luke Richardson

Named Captain: 2003

Dallas Stars: Mike Modano

Named Captain: 2003

Detroit Red Wings: Steve Yzerman

Named Captain: 1986

Edmonton Oilers: Jason Smith

Named Captain: 2001

Florida Panthers: Olli Jokinen

Named Captain: 2003

Los Angeles Kings: Mattias Norstrom

Named Captain: 2001

Minnesota Wild: Brian Rolston

I wouldn’t Name him Captain over a lot of other players in the NHL, however, those players don’t play for Minnesota. He’s the best leader they have.

Montreal Canadians: Saku Koivu

Named Captain: 2000

Nashville Predators: Greg Johnson

Named Captain: 2002

New Jersey Devils: Patrik Elias

It is an extremely hard task to try and step in and replace Scott Stevens as this teams captain, no one on this current team can step in and even compare to Stevens. If I had to pick a new Captain I’d pick Marty Brodeur, BUT, you can’t name your goalie the captain so I’ll settle with Patrik Elias. Don’t know if his leadership qualities are good enough but he’s the new face of the Devils, along with Brodeur.

New York Islanders: Alexei Yashin

Named Captain: 2005

New York Rangers: Steve Rucchin

Even bigger shoes to fill in New York and it won’t be easy for whoever steps forward to wear the ‘C’. Jagr is a puss; he doesn’t want to do anything but make money so he turned down the Captaincy. If I were to pick a Captain I would then turn to newly acquired Steve Rucchin. He was the Captain of the Ducks and is a genuine born leader. He’s no Messier, but he’ll do.

Ottawa Senators: Daniel Alfredsson

Named Captain: 1999

Philadelphia Flyers: Keith Primeau

Named Captain: 2001

Phoenix Coyotes: Shane Doan

Named Captain: 2003

Pittsburgh Penguins: Mario Lemieux

Named Captain: 1988 & 2001

San Jose Sharks: Patrick Marleau

Named Captain: 2004

St. Louis Blues: Dallas Drake

Named Captain: 2005

Tampa Bay Lightning: Dave Andreychuk

Named Captain: 2002

Toronto Maple Leafs: Mats Sundin

Named Captain: 1997

Vancouver Canucks: Markus Naslund

Named Captain: 2000

Washington Capitals: Jeff Halpern

Named Captain: 2005

So there it is. Let me know who you would name as the new Captain.


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