With Chris Drury no longer a Ranger, the question now is who will be captain? Let’s look at who I believe are the top three candidates to be the 27th captain on Broadway.
Ryan Callahan, drafted in 2004 by the Blueshirts, is what you look for in a new age captain he plays even strength, power play, and penalty kill. The Rochester, New York native has established himself as a fan favorite among Ranger fans. Callahan had 23 goals and 25 assists last year playing in 62 games, he missed the playoffs after breaking his ankle blocking a Zdeno Chara slapshot.
Next up is Brandon Dubinsky, (my twin we we share the same birth day and year) drafted the same year as Callahan avoided arbitration with the Rangers and signed a four-year contract worth $16.8 million. Dubi has never had less than 40 points in each of his four full years with the Blueshirts. Also, the 6’1, 210lb Dubinsky is never one to shy away from physical play having 100 or more penalty minutes in two of those four years with the Rangers.
Maybe the Rangers go outside the United States and the C will go to newly signed Brad Richards. Richards signed a nine-year contract worth $60 million to come to Broadway on July 2. B-Rich won the Stanley Cup with John Tortorella and the Tampa Bay Lighting in the 04-05 season, and was named Conn Smythe. Richards has tallied no less than 62 points when he has played at least 70 games in his career. Richards brings much needed offensive to a team that struggled to score against the Washington Capitals last year in the first round of the playoffs.
I believe the new captain will end up being Brad Richards. He brings leadership, scoring, and winning mentality to the Rangers organization, also it does not hurt that Tortorella was his coach back in Tampa Bay.
Tell me your thoughts on which of these three should be captain or maybe someone else I have not mentioned.