It’s been an exciting offseason in Carolina. “We think we’re right there,” GM Ron Francis said on Tuesday, in announcing head coach Bill Peters’ contract extension through 2019. Hired with little fanfare two years ago, there’s a sense Peters has finished the unglamorous dirty work in shaping the team, and teaching players how he wants the game to be played. In his first season behind the bench, the former Mike Babcock assistant was working with an expensive, older, mediocre group that included the likes of Alex Semin, Eric Staal, Tim Gleason and John-Michael Liles.
With the loss of former captain David Backes to the Boston Bruins in free agency, the St. Louis Blues are on the hunt for the next designated leader in their locker room. While they have a wide variety of options, there are a few standouts when it comes to likelihood of having the “C” on the front of their jersey for the upcoming season. Vladimir Tarasenko As the most skilled player on the team and the player with a contract not expiring until the 2023-24 season, No. 91 makes a lot of sense as the next captain. The 24-year-old has been a dominating force in the league since his rookie season back in 2012-13 and he hasn’t looked back. Skill aside, Tarasenko posses the qualities necessary to be