Callahan IS our Captain, did you see Rupps comments yesterday?
"And Ryan Callahan is a player I have looked at from across the way and have admired as a perfect guy to follow because he plays a way that you can't help but respect. And he sets the example for a team that plays extremely hard."
I wouldn't be against giving him an A. The A was made for guys like Richards; guys who are experienced and natural leaders, but are new to the team. Sorta like when we gave Shanny an A, or how Pronger got the A on Philly.
I love Cally, Staal and Dubi but I just don't think those guys have the body of work that BR has (conn smyth, won the Cup, more experienced, etc). Nothing against Rupp but to me, it's more important who a vet like Gabby would respect more in the dressing room. I can't see Cally delivering a speech like Mess before an elimination game.
Nope. Richards has leadership qualities, but not like Messier. He wasn't wearing the C in Dallas and I don't think it makes a great impression to your room to just hand the C to a guy whose new in town. Plus it's just added pressure on Richards to perform in NY and I think we're better off just letting him do his thing, lead as much as he wants to and not throw extra expectations on the pile. We want him to put up 80+ points a year. If he does that, we'll be happy, whether he plays a big leadership role or not.
The main difference between this signing and the Drury/Gomez signings is that Richards isn't being brought in to make this his team. He may be the star but he's a complimentary player for our current core.