Sabres name Rivet captain
Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff announced today that defenseman Craig Rivet has been named the 23rd team captain in franchise history. Rivet becomes Buffalo’s first full-time captain since Stu Barnes from 2001-03.A bit of a surprise. Buffalo fans I talked to the past few days were all but certain Pominville would be the next captain.
Ruff also named four alternate captains: Teppo Numminen, Jaroslav Spacek, Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville.>> team release
Rivet's an excellent choice, however, and I think his presence on the Sabres blueline is going to go a long way toward this team's return to the postseason. He's not a flashy player, but is a solid leader and will play the tough minutes on a team that needs a defensive stalwart to bailout some of the more offence-first forwards.
Atlanta will have a captaincy announcement of some sort tonight, but the Panthers are going without one — at least to start the year.