Consider Jason Spezza as a candidate to become the Ottawa Senators new captain in the post-Daniel Alfredsson era.
Spezza, 30, is certainly tenured enough.
He broke into the NHL with the Senators back in 2002-03 and has played 611 career NHL games – all under the tutelage of Alfredsson, who left Ottawa after 17 seasons when he signed with the Detroit Red Wings as an unrestricted this summer.
“I think leadership is something that comes naturally, and I feel like I’m naturally a leader in our dressing room,” Spezza told NHL.com.
“It’s scarier if you’re going to be appointed a role and you feel like you’re not ready for it, but for me I feel like I wouldn’t change too much.”
Chris Phillips, the 35-year-old defenseman who has played for the Senators since his rookie season in 1997-1998, is also a possibility for the captaincy.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger