The New York Rangers’ seek for the subsequent captain continues, with or with out a playoff
With the remainder of the 2019-2020 season uncertain, an important question arises about the New York Rangers’ locker room. Who will be the next captain of the team?
The entire sports world may be on hold right now and the NHL season has come to a standstill. But there is one more discussion that has not lost momentum among New York Rangers fans: the team’s vacant captaincy.
It’s not an easy task because New York is the media hub of the United States. Even so, there have been some great players who have had the honor of captaining the Rangers. Men like Bill Cook, Harry Howell, Andy Bathgate and Phil Esposito, to name a few. Mark Messier was so good at being the captain that the NHL now gives an annual award for leadership on his behalf.
As of this writing, the Rangers are the youngest team in the league. You are also in the middle of a complete organizational overhaul. Just before the season was stopped by COVID-19, they were in a close race for a placeholder. The blueshirts exceeded many fans’ expectations for the season. What’s even more impressive is that they did so with a big question about how to lead the team.
Since the Rangers relocated their youngest captain, Ryan McDonagh, to Tampa Bay in 2018, the Blueshirts have chosen to switch a number of alternates of various roles throughout the line-up. In the 2019-20 season, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Marc Staal and Jesper Fast wore the “A” on the top left of their jerseys. Also keep in mind that this is a temporary situation as there is a good chance that both Staal and Fast will not be on the team for the next season
However, with the team’s bright future on the horizon, it’s time the organization decided which player would lead them there. Here are my three best candidates for the job and the important “C” on their sweater.