The Boston Bruins are still deciding who their new second alternate captain will be, and there's only one week remaining until they open up the 2011-12 NHL season at home against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 6.
When veteran forward Mark Recchi retired this summer, one of the "A" letters became available.
Star defenseman Zdeno Chara is the captain of the team, and forward Patrice Bergeron is one of the alternate captains.
There are several possible candidates for the "A," including defensemen Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg, as well as forwards Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton.
Let's look at the five players with the best shot of being named an alternate captain, and why each candidate would fit the role well.