The Ottawa Senators staff plan to name their new franchise captain by the end of the training camp.
In the Canadian capital team, no player has worn the letter “C” on their jersey in the past three seasons. In an interview with the daily newspaper Ottawa Sun, coach DJ Smith said he will discuss the matter with owner Eugene Melnick and general manager Pierre Dorion, with a view to addressing the situation.
“Everyone will be consulted because this is a very important decision,” Smith said on Wednesday. We feel like we’ve never come close to naming a guy. It’s time for someone to become the leader of this group.”
The slate of Senators has changed a lot in recent years. Since Eric Carlson left for the San Jose Sharks in 2018, no other athlete has done well enough to be named captain.
Two young players now seem logical candidates, American Brady Tkachuk and kicker Thomas Chabot. Two of the previous first-round picks, they’ve worn the Ottawa uniform for three and four seasons in a row and are the captains of the offensive team.
Tkachuk is a free agent with compensation. Many believe that he may soon sign a long-term contract that will also give him the role of captain.
Chabot, a defender, has a contract valid until the end of the 2027-2028 season.
said Smith, who wants someone’s name for good.
The Sens are scheduled to begin their regular season on October 14, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.