Who should wear the "C" for the New York Rangers?
All his intangibles aside, it is painfully obvious that Chris Drury is not getting the job done as the Rangers' captain.
When he isn't killing penalties, he is an absolute ghost on the ice.
His interviews with the media are emotionless and make it look like he is just going through the motions and "saying the right thing."
The team also has no unity or chemistry. This was seen during the Carcillo-Gaborik incident.
Drury was not on the ice, but a real captain would have at least inspired his team to protect their star player.
Here are a few players that could inherit the C from "Captain Clueless."
Ryan Callahan is the definition of workhorse. He makes the most of his 5'11" frame, finishing third in the NHL in hits with 285.
He makes himself noticed on every shift, hitting everything in sight, and blocking shots (he also finished fourth in the league in blocked shots by a forward).
He has also shown to be an elite penalty killer, being selected to Team USA during the Vancouver Olympics largely for this purpose.
Callahan had a sub-par offensive season, but he is only 25 years old. He is a favorite of John Tortorella, and I believe he would be the first choice for captain.
No, like most Rangers fans, I have not given up on Brandon Dubinsky.
The 24-year-old forward has not progressed as quickly as some would have liked, but he did have his best offensive season in 2009-10, despite missing 14 games.
Dubinsky won the hearts of Rangers fans during his rookie season when he meshed with Jaromir Jagr perfectly and showed off his immense talent.
His second half scoring surge, combined with his physical play, had most fans touting him as the captain of the future, some even saying that he reminded them of the legendary Mark Messier.
Dubinsky is a player that will lay it all on the line. He is a very talented penalty killer and two way player, and will drop the gloves with anyone, despite not being a very strong fighter.
He is also great with the media during interviews, providing accurate analysis of what he sees. I personally would love to see him with the "C" on his chest.
Over his three years in the NHL, the 23-year-old Marc Staal has become one of the best defensive defensemen in the league.
Despite being paired with the inept Michal Rozsival during his rookie season, Staal has progressed fine.
He combined with Dan Girardi to form one of the finest shutdown pairs in the league this past season.
While he is not a decimating hitter, Staal can effectively play the body and is rarely caught out of position.
He also has experience captaining a team. He was the captain of the OHL's Sudbury Wolves during the 2006-07 season, winning the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the top defenseman in the OHL that season.
He also led the Wolves to the OHL FInals, and despite losing, he was awarded the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as playoff MVP.
Why he is almost never mentioned in the discussion of the Rangers' captain is beyond me. He is the only player on the roster aside from the current captain to have captained a team in the NHL.
He knows what it is like to carry a team. And when I say carry the team, I mean CARRY the team.
He took it upon himself to lead this team last season, even dropping the gloves with Daniel Carcillo when it became apparent that nobody would stand up for him.
He had his finest season with no offensive support. While he does not seem like a vocal leader, he certainly leads by example.
I for one would be delighted to see Gaborik as the Rangers' captain.
While I believe that all the players that I have mentioned are fine candidates, somebody has to step up and earn the "C."
Teams have gone with three or more alternate captains to see who will emerge as the team leader.
The Rangers themselves did it during the 2005-06 season, and it was Jaromir Jagr who elevated his game to a new level and claimed the captaincy for the following season.
I think that this is the best approach. This team is not going to win the Stanley Cup any time soon, so why have a captain just for the sake of having one? Make someone earn it.