The Ottawa Senators want to announce the name of the new franchise captain by the end of the training camp.
On the Canadian Capital team, no player has worn a “C” on their jersey in the last three seasons. In an interview given to the newspaper Ottawa sun, Coach DJ Smith said he would discuss with employer Eugene Melnik and general manager Pierre Dorian with a view to fixing the situation.
“Everyone is consulted because it’s a very important decision,” Smith said Wednesday. We feel that we are not so close to naming a person. It’s time for someone to become the leader of this group. ”
The list 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 make a name for himself as a captain.
Two young players now appear to be logical candidates, American Brady Tkachuk and cubs Thomas Chabot. Two former first-round picks, they wore the Ottawa uniform for seasons three and four, respectively, and were the team’s offensive leaders.
Free agent with Tkachuk compensation. Many believe he will soon be able to sign a long-term contract to offer the role of captain.
Chabot, a defender, has a contract valid until the end of the 2027-2028 campaign.
“We have a lot of captains and they can be captains, but if you look at the Stanley Cup winners, they all have captains and have been the same for three, four or five years,” Smith said.
“Sense” is scheduled to begin their regular season on October 14 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.