Sep 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) races for the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Name Captains, Columbus Blue Jackets Need to Follow Suit (Sort Of)

The Buffalo Sabres just announced some breaking news as they named captains for this upcoming season, yes that is right, plural. Since the Sabres traded away their captain, Jason Pominville, in a surprise move last season at the trade deadline, they have been without a player wearing the “C”. Sounds kind of familiar doesn’t it? The Columbus Blue Jackets have been in the same situation, a captain that was traded away, and then a vacancy.

Today Buffalo announced their captains, Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott, along with Christian Ehrhoff as an alternate captain. How can a team have two captains? Buffalo found the answer, as Thomas Vanek will be wearing the “C” during home games, and Steve Ott will have the “C” during away games. I suppose this is a way around co-captains, which is not allowed.

In my opinion, this is a travesty, it diminishes the sanctity of captaincy. One captain on a team equals one player, not one captain equals two players, that equation doesn’t make any sense. The only reason it makes sense for Buffalo is because it is buys them more time, seeing as they can have “co-captains” for one year, and then possibly name a true captain next year. Columbus is in a similar situation, they need a captain for the future, but something like this would only set the Blue Jackets back in my eyes.

I truly hope that the Columbus Blue Jackets only follow suit in the fact that the Sabres named a captain before the start of the season. I think it is a terrible decision to essentially name two though. The Blue Jackets need one leader for this upcoming season, and for the future. I have faith that Columbus won’t screw it up though, but if they do, I am sure they will hear about it. Which is probably exactly what is happening in Buffalo right now. Check out what SabreNoise had to say about it.


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