Um, I’d bet the old ranch that Ryan Callahan will be named captain. There’s just no way to justify anybody else, right?
And Marc Staal was named alternate last year and did absolutely nothing to deserve losing his “A” by any stretch of anybody’s imagination.
So then the question is, who gets the other “A” … Brad Richards? Probably. I mean, he is John Tortorella’s guy. he’s going to carry a ton of responsibility with that contract and the expectations … and from what we’re hearing, he’s a guy who wants the expectations and who wants to be a leader. So, yeah, it’s probably him.
But … based on where this team is, and where it has been going, maybe a better choice would be Brandon Prust. Or Brandon Dubinsky. Or Dan Girardi.
I’ve said it before. If I were Tortorella, I’d go with four alternates, two for home games, two for road games as the 1994 Rangers did. I don’t know if he’d do that, a la Mike Keenan.
If I had to guess, he will go with the traditional one captain, two alternates, and it will be Callahan with the “C” and Staal and Richards with the “A.”
And if it’s anybody other than Callahan with the C, I’d be shocked. And curious to hear the justification for that decision.