The Devils’ captaincy has been vacant since the trade of Jamie Langenbrunner.
Langenbrunner, who was the Devils’ captain for a few seasons, was widely considered to be a clubhouse cancer near the end of his tenure with the Devils.
Since the time of his trade to Dallas, management has not named a new captain for the team, most likely due to the fact that young superstar Zach Parise was on the injured reserve for the remainder of the season and he was the obvious heir to don the ‘C’.
There have only been eight captains in the Devils’ history. GM Lou Lamoriello is looking for a Scott Stevens-type player to take the reins for a decade or longer, rather than have someone who will mimic Devils’ great Scott Niedermayer.
Despite being with the organization his entire career, Niedermayer only held the captaincy for one year before he left in free agency for Anaheim.