On Tuesday, Buffalo head coach Ted Nolan informed reporters he’d name his new captain at the commencement of training camp.
The Sabres have been without a captain since March, when Steve Ott was dealt to St. Louis as part of the Ryan Miller deal. Ott had previously served as a co-captain with Thomas Vanek, who wore the “C” for less than a month before getting shipped off to the Islanders.
It’ll be interesting to see what direction Nolan takes with his new leadership group. Historically speaking, the Sabres have often utilized a rotating staff — under Lindy Ruff, the club used Michael Peca, Stu Barnes, Miroslav Satan, Chris Drury, James Patrick, J.P. Dumont, Daniel Briere, Jochen Hecht, Toni Lydman, Brian Campbell, Jaroslav Spacek, Jason Pominville and Craig Rivet. But it’s possible they could go with a more traditional format under Nolan.
In what might be a glimpse into the head coach’s thinking, three veterans will serve as alternates for Tuesday’s preseason home opener against the Hurricanes: Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges and Matt Moulson.