The New York Rangers are getting ready for a big season by naming their 26th captain in franchise history, Ryan Callahan. But there is still six teams out there who need a captain, three of which are in the Atlantic Division.
New Jersey Devils – Ilya Kovalchuk?
He’s only smiling because he has a $100 million contract.
The Devils have yet to name a captain since they traded Jamie Langenbrunner to Dallas last January. They list Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias as alternates. Parise is on a one year contract and unless he decides to stay in Jersey long term I doubt we will see him wearing the C anytime soon. Elias is getting up there in age, but he has been with the Devils since 1995. As for Kovalchuk he was signed long term to bring more goals to the state of New Jersey, a new look, and that he can and will do. Expect him to wear the C his remaining time as a Devil.
New York Islanders – Mark Streit?
Geez Streit, don’t you know how to smile? Then again I feel your pain, you do play for the Islanders.
With Doug Weight retiring in the summer, the Isles are not only in search of a new stadium but a new captain. The Isles list defenseman Mark Streit and forward Kyle Okposo as alternates, though Streit missed all of last season with a shoulder injury. Streit in my opinion is the next best defenseman in the NHL. And if he can have a bounce back season after his shoulder injury, I expect him to wear the C in New York.
Philadelphia Flyers – Danny Briere?
Briere you still look like a little boy, sorry.
Not only did the Flyers trade their captain Mike Richards in the off season but they also traded one of their alternates, Jeff Carter. As of now Philly lists no alternates. Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen wore the “A” last season. Only problem is, Pronger is missing training camp for the second time in a row, and as per GM Paul Holmgren, he is expected to be ready by game one of the regular season. If the Flyers are moving forward with this new offensive look, they will appoint Danny Briere as the captain. He is the one who pulled the troops together during the quarter finals last post season, and ripped them a new one in the locker room. After all he was a captain in Buffalo.
Buffalo Sabres – Derek Roy?
What’s with the hair?
Buffalo has been without a captain since February, when defenseman Craig Rivet was traded to Columbus. The Sabres’ roster currently lists no alternates; Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht wore an “A” during the 2010-11 season. With Derek Roy returning from injury, expect him to be the go to guy in Buffalo. We expect him to have a bounce back season, leading the Sabres into the playoffs.
Florida Panthers – Who knows?
This team is clueless.
The Panthers made so many moves in the off season, I don’t expect them to name a captain any time soon. They went captain-less after dealing Bryan McCabe to the New York Rangers. They list only one alternate, center Stephen Weiss.
Colorado Avalanche – Paul Stastny?
Stastny, this is you’re NHL picture not a mug shot.
Colorado’s captaincy is vacant following the retirement of defenseman Adam Foote. With a young team in the making expect them to name Paul Stastny captain over long time vet Milan Hejduk. Unless the Av’s want to stay stuck in the past and not move forward, they will name Hejduk captain.
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