Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Features

Blue Jackets looking for 'right guy' to be captain

Friday, 09.06.2013 / 7:00 AM / Features
NHL.com
X
Share with your Friends


Blue Jackets looking for \'right guy\' to be captain
The Columbus Blue Jackets played last season without a captain following the offseason trade that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers. They might do so again in 2013-14.

The Columbus Blue Jackets played last season without a captain following the offseason trade that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers. They might do so again in 2013-14.

"I'm coming into camp with my eyes wide open, watching," coach Todd Richards told the Columbus Dispatch when asked about naming a captain. "I want to see if we have somebody ready for that."

Asked if the team might go captain-less for a second straight season, Richards said, "I'm not saying yes or no to that. But I'm not going to pick a captain just because every team has to have a captain. For me, it has to be the right guy, or you don't do it."

President of hockey operations John Davidson agreed that finding the right player was more important than merely having a captain.

"It's a very unique decision, and there's no handbook out there for it," Davidson told the Dispatch. "Even if there is, you don't have to follow it unless somebody really pops out at you."

The 2012-13 season was one of transition in Columbus. In addition to the trade that sent Nash, holder of most of the franchise's scoring records, to New York, there were major changes at the top of the organization. Davidson was hired, and Jarmo Kekalainen replaced Scott Howson as general manager.

The lockout-shortened 48-game season didn't start until January, and the Blue Jackets barely missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a strong late-season run, losing out to the Minnesota Wild on a tiebreaker in the race for the eighth berth in the Western Conference.

"I liked what we did last year, not rushing into naming [a captain]," Richards said. "It brought more guys into the mix as far as taking ownership and leading the team.

"For me, it's no different right now than last year. My whole thing is, I'm approaching it like it's a huge decision, making sure you have the right guy, that he's capable and ready of doing the things that are necessary of a captain. It's not a small or easy decision to make."

Defenseman Jack Johnson and forward Brandon Dubinsky are regarded as the most likely candidates to get the "C."

"This is the first time I've ever played on a team that didn't have [a captain]," Johnson said. "Obviously, they're going to take their time with it, and it's up to them. But at some point, I feel like you do have to put a stake in the ground."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL
 
 
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.