Blue Jackets in no hurry to name a new captain

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Ever since Rick Nash was sent packing for New York City, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been without a team captain and they’re in no rush to change that.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports the team isn’t pressing to put the “C” on anyone just yet and defenseman Jack Johnson isn’t quite used to this sort of situation.

“This is the first time I’ve ever played on a team that didn’t have (a captain),” Johnson said. “Obviously, they’re going to take their time with it, and it’s up to them. But at some point, I feel like you do have to put a stake in the ground.”

Johnson could be one of the guys that eventually becomes the leader in Columbus. He along with Brandon Dubinsky are thought to be leaders in the clubhouse to eventually don the captain’s “C.”

Whoever does get the call will wind up being the sixth in team history following in the footsteps of Nash, Adam Foote, Luke Richardson, Lyle Odelein, and Ray Whitney.