The NHL season is approaching soon with the preseason starting this weekend.
The New York Rangers start their preseason on September 26 against the New York Islanders. Opening night for the Rangers is October 13 against the Washington Capitals.
There is one main question fans keep asking, who will be the next captain? The team has gone three seasons without a captain.
The last captain was Ryan McDonagh who was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2018.
Recently, head coach Gerard Gallant stated in an interview that he hopes they will have a captained named by the first game of the regular season.
”I think it’s really important, there’s no doubt, I don’t know for sure what’s going to happen, but if I was a betting man I think we’ll have a captain Day 1.” said Gallant.
”Captains are important for your team, but 23 guys are more important to me,” Gallant said.
Back in June, general manager Chris Drury said that naming a captain was a priority to him.
With this interview there can be a lot of speculations.
Fans have different opinions on who should be captain. The most common players named are Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, and Jacob Trouba.
Any of those choices would be good for the Rangers. Each have established a veteran presence and are well rounded players.
There are a lot of young players on the team and having a veteran captain can set an example. There are obvious leaders on the team, but a set captain will provide that leadership even more.
These are still just rumors, and Gallant said it isn’t for sure he just believes they’ll have a captain by the start of the season. It’s a possibility.
The Rangers need to prove themselves this season and push to become a playoff team. Assigning a captain might help that push.