In a move discussed within the organization since before Christmas, Crosby will be named captain of the Penguins at a noon news conference at Mellon Arena.
At 19 years and nine-plus months, Crosby will become the youngest captain in both team and National Hockey League history. Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier was named captain of the Lightning at 19 years, 11 months in 2000, but he was later stripped of the title.
There's no question Crosby is the guy stirring the drink in Pittsburgh, so he might as well be given this title to run with. The timing of the announcement is curious, given we're in the midst of the Stanley Cup finals, and you had to know that the Penguins brass were well aware he would only break the record if handed the 'C' now.
Add one top-notch blueliner to this team and Pittsburgh can compete in the east.