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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.

Potential Captains

- 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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Dakkster's avatar

It’s alternate captain, not assistant captain.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 07/17/11 at 12:24 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

+1. I hate how so many people say “assistant captain.”

Here it is from the NHL rule book:

6.2 Alternate Captains – If the permanent Captain is not on the ice, Alternate Captains (not more than two) shall be accorded the privileges of the Captain. Alternate Captains shall wear the letter “A” approximately three inches (3’‘) in height and in contrasting color, in a conspicuous position on the front of their sweaters.
Only when the Captain is not in uniform, the Coach shall have the right to designate three Alternate Captains. This must be done prior to the start of the game.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 07/17/11 at 12:35 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Anyway ....

Having watched the Rangers off and on the past three seasons I think Callahan is the best choice for captain for a lot of the reasons you’ve outlined, while I think Staal would make a much better alternate captain based upon his personality and that he might not be as vocal/emotional as the Rangers and their fans need right now. Dubinsky would be a good second alternate captain choice. And let Richards just come in and play, and if he earns a letter then by all means it can be arranged.

Posted by SK77 on 07/17/11 at 12:46 PM ET

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Might be smart to just go with three A’s for now.

Girardi, Callahan and Dubinsky all seem like they might be able to grow into the role (I do not like Marc Staal for that position), but, while these are all fine players, they’re all kind of still establishing themselves. Pick a guy too early and you never know if he’s going to turn into a Mike Richards (who couldn’t handle it) or a Vincent Lecavalier (who didn’t seem to want the responsibility and doesn’t seem to do the job).

They’re already asking Brad Richards to walk into a group of strangers and think them into a better powerplay. Asking him to be the captain seems like it would be a bridge too far.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/17/11 at 02:05 PM ET

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Welcome home. Which was your favorite city?

Posted by Frosty on 07/17/11 at 05:18 PM ET

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Frosty, I would rank it in this order:

1) London
2) Paris
3) Venice
4) Rome

It was a much needed vacation since I had not taken one since my honeymoon back in August of 2009.

With that said, I’m glad to be back blogging hockey!

Posted by Patrick Hoffman from Fairfield, CT on 07/17/11 at 05:26 PM ET

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

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