September 27, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Buffalo Sabres forward Steve Ott (9) look on before the start of the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Hurricanes defeated the Sabres 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: Who Gets the C For the Sabres?


The Buffalo Sabres preseason has come and gone. Rookies have given it their all, many have gotten injured doing so, and veterans have given their case to become the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres. In the coming days Ron Rolston and his staff will have a tough

decision to make as they decide on who will wear the C for the Sabres next season.

Today’s poll is really easy, all you have to do is pick who you think has done enough to become the next Sabres captain.

Was it fan favourite Steve Ott who sported the C in the final preseason game and made the trip to New York for NHL media day? What about Cody Hodgson who signed a long-term deal to stick with the Sabres at the beginning of camp? Not to forget about Christian Ehrhoff? The silent leader who will be a Sabre longer than anyone else on the current roster. Or how about Offencive threat Thomas Vanek, will the C entice the long-time Sabre to remain a Sabre?

Anyone of the players listed above would make a great captain for the rebuilding Sabres and they all bring their own pros and cons. They have all stated their cases this preseason, but which has done enough?

Vote in the poll and then state your case below for who you believe should become the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres.

Who Will Captain the Sabres?

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  • Jes

    I think Otter should be the guy. But seeing how Vanek wasn’t thrilled about being overlooked by Ruff for the captaincy role in favor of Pominville, maybe picking him to be our next Captain will entice him into staying with our beloved Sabres for the foreseeable future.

    Either way Vanek and Ott will both be receiving a letter this upcoming season.

    When does Rolston announce who the captain is?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      He said he’ll be waiting till either Monday or Tuesday.

  • Michael McBurney

    Sabres won’t expedite the rebuild without tapping into both vet and youth.

    I became a Buffalo fan by following Hodgson over, and so am naturally glad to see he’s found a good home in Sabre land. I’m also aware of his scouting reports and that his character and leadership skills haven’t only been spoken of favourably (notwithstanding Canuck GM Gillis’ three liner comment to deflect negative attention for the trade onto the player).

    But I’m still partial to proven vets getting recognition before youthful potential (time enough later for youth to get accolades), so I vote Vanek (vet and scoring leader) for ‘C’, with home/away alternates (ie: Ott & Myers home, Erhoff & Hodgson away, or some variant thereof).

  • Nuthatch

    I voted for Ott; I’d also be good with Vanek. But I still feel that the C should be decided by the players, not the coach.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      The only problem with the player choosing captain situation is the coach needs to trust who the C because it’s almost their voice in the room. And sometimes the fan favourite isn’t always the right choice

  • Dano

    Vanek : Can score, doesnt make him a leader.

    Otter : Pest supreme. He stands up for the team and seems like a team player. Definitely worth an ‘ A ‘, but a ‘ C ‘? Dunno. He seems like a good candidate thought. Moreso then Vanek. Reminiscent of a Mike Peca. Not a star player by any measure, but a roll player for sure.

    Hodgson : You dont hear from him. Hes silent.

    Ehrhoff : You dont hear from him. Either.

    Lack of leadership is the biggest problem with the team. They have a lot of potential, they just need to be lead. Wheres the examples to go from though?

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I like Otter but he is a super pest like you said, give the C to Hodgson and give Ott an A. It wont stop him from being vocal

  • Matt Nolan

    No ott shouldn’t be the captain he will do what he does anyway and he agitates the refs night in and night out with his style of play plus whoever becomes captain will have otter beside him fantastic a for ott I like Cody a lot and giving him the c is a bold statement that could elevate his play or set him back I would say vanek but his future is in question is you sign vanek give it to him and have ott wear an a and possibly Myers or ehrhoff definately not ott for captain give him the a

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I really like Cody and I don’t why, but I think he could be a solid captain who leads by example on the scoreboard and Ott who’s wearing the A will still be the vocal leader.

  • qwicwted

    I watched Ott’s responses during an interview about the Toronto Brawl and I thought he sounded like a captain. I liked what he said and there is maturity as well as leadership evidenced in his manner. We all understand at Ott is a “pesky” type of player, but he also is a player that our guys do look to for leadership. As I have said before, I would have no problem with Vanek, but he needs to express his desire to be a part of the team, lead it and be “the man”. We need a committment from him. I know the organization is working with Ott on an extension – and Darcy needs to get Vanek and Ott squared away.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Ott has great leadership through interview before and after games. He speaks quite well if you know what I mean. I agree that it’s down to Vanek and Ott for captinacy

  • John

    Myers or Webber. Not saying I want it but got a feeling

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I could see Weber getting an A for his leadership on the blueline, but I think Rolston will wait before giving Myers a letter.