Senators Could Benefit From a Vacant Captaincy in 2020-21

For the first time in franchise history, the Ottawa Senators did not name a captain for the 2018-19 season. More than 800 days and 135 games later, they still haven’t — and there are no plans to choose one for the 2020-21 season.

This is not uncommon in the NHL; as of the last day of November 2020, four other teams have not yet chosen a player to don the “C” this upcoming season, but all are likely closer to naming one than the Senators.

The next captain of the Detroit Red Wings seems like a forgone conclusion, and all signs point to a decision being made before the season begins. The New Jersey Devils traded their most recent captain, Andy Greene, just before last season’s trade deadline. General manager Tom Fitzgerald had his interim tag removed and Lindy Ruff was hired to be New Jersey’s head coach in July; they understandably need time to evaluate the team’s leadership dynamic.

New Jersey GM Tom Fitzgerald hired Lindy Ruff [center] to coach the Devils in July 2020. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Vegas Golden Knights continue to search for the right fit to wear the first “C” in franchise history; head coach Pete DeBoer confirmed that announcement will be made ahead of the 2020-21 season. The New York Rangers have not filled their vacant captaincy since trading Ryan McDonagh to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but a former Senator…

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