by Patrick Hoffman on 07/17/11 at 11:08 AM ET
Good morning folks. I am back from my European vacation, where I had a wonderful time in Paris, Venice, Rome and London with my wife. It’s good to be back home!
Well, with Chris Drury out of the picture, the time has come for the New York Rangers to name a new captain. This topic has probably been debated by many other Rangers’ blogs and message boards but I figured I would give you guys my thoughts.
- Ryan Callahan: No one embodies what it means to be a Blueshirt more than forward Ryan Callahan. Callahan does everything a hockey player should do and he does it the right way whether it is scoring goals, setting up his teammates, forechecking, playing both ends of the ice, killing penalties, sticking up for his teammates and more. Head coach John Tortorella has expressed the same thoughts so this could be a potential no-brainer pick.
- Marc Staal: Since joining the Rangers in his rookie season during the 2007-08 campaign, defenseman Marc Staal has been one of the most consistent Blueshirts. He plays hard, rarely misses any games, hits, sticks up for his teammates and is someone that the team and its coaching staff can rely on.
Potential Alternate Captains
- Dan Girardi: Much like his defense partner Marc Staal, Girardi has done everything and more for the Blueshirts since joining the club in the middle of the 2006-07 season. His teammates and the coaching staff trust him, he has worn a letter before and he is considered one of the veterans on this young team.
- Brandon Dubinsky: Out of all the players mentioned so far, forward Brandon Dubinsky may be the most vocal. He can get his teammates pumped up whether it’s through playing hard on a shift, talking to his teammates on the bench or getting them ready to play while in the locker room. Certainly not a bad pick.
- Brad Richards: Yes, I know that this season will mark his first on the team but Richards is a winner. He won the Cup with Tortorella and the Tampa Bay Lightning and was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the league’s most valuable player in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs. When he is not injured, he works hard every shift, makes smart plays, plays in all situations and plays the game the right way.
What do you folks think?
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