I’ve got to spend some time talking to the individuals, talking to Bryan Murray, talking to my coaching staff. We’ve done a lot of preliminary talk about it, but we’re going to let the process — it’s going to be a process but I don’t think it’s going to be a difficult one — and we just have to take the time and get through it… I’m not going to put a timeline on it. When we make the decision that’s the day it’s going to be. – Paul MacLean to ottawasenators.com
But could the decision be delayed into the season and even the whole season? It wouldn’t be the first time a team has waited to replace a long-time captian and I am sure it wouldn’t be the last. Columbus hasn’t named a captain since Rick Nash got traded over a year ago. The Flames had Co-Captains (Lanny McDonald and Jim Peplinski) when they won the Stanley Cup in 1989.
Giving all of those players listed above a revolving set of “A”s might be a way to hand over the torch of leadership that was carried for 13 years by Daniel Alfredsson without putting too much pressure on a single individual to fill those large shoes.
Regardless of who wears what letter, that 5-some will be the main group counted upon to face the media questions as be the conduits between the players and coaches.
In the end I think all 5 will be “lettered” this season, probably with Spezza wearing the “C” and the other 4 splitting the “A”, 2 on the road and two at home. But I wouldn’t be completely shocked for MacLean and Bryan Murray to decide to play this entire season without naming a replacement for Alfredsson.