On Tuesday, the Buffalo Sabres, who have been captainless since dealing Jason Pominville to the Minnesota Wild at last year's trade deadline, named their new captain. Congratulations are in order for Thomas Vanek. Way to go, buddy!
In other news, congratulations are in order for Steve Ott, who has been named the captain of the Buffalo Sabres wait whaaaaaaaaaaaat. Co-captains? Can you do that?
Technically, no. From the NHL rulebook:
6.1 Captain - One Captain shall be appointed by each team, and he alone shall have the privilege of discussing with the Referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game. He shall wear the letter “C,” approximately three inches (3'') in height and in contrasting color, in a conspicuous position on the front of his sweater. No co-Captains are permitted.
That's pretty clear. But the Sabres found a workaround. As you can see in the photo above, Thomas Vanek will only be the captain at home. Steve Ott will wear the "C" on the road.
Meanwhile, Christian Ehrhoff has been named the defence captain, Cody Hodgson has been named youth captain, John Scott has been named the press box captain, Ron Rolston has been named captain of the coaches. Captain America has been named the Captain of America, and Captain and Tennille have been named the co-captains of love.
This is the worst organizational decision the Sabres have made in, well, just under a month. Reset the board, fellas.
It's a ridiculous decision, and I would know. I'm a Vancouver Canucks fan. That team's last captain was a goalie.
But even the Canucks are smarter than this. The current Canucks' captain has an identical twin and the club still resisted the urge to name co-captains.
If Ron Rolston was fined for player selection today, I'd be okay with it.
All that said, mock the Sabres all you want, but naming multiple captains at a time is the only way they're going to surpass their record 16 captaincy changes last decade. Furthermore, they're not the only team doing captaincy wrong today.
#Oilers have named Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nick Schultz and Ryan Smyth Assistant Captains.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 1, 2013
You get an A! And you get an A! And you get an A! Seriously, Puritan Boston was stingier with their A's.
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