Sabres news: The Sabres will be “captain-less” this season

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 26: Jack Eichel #9 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates after scoring on the New York Rangers during the second period at KeyBank Center on January 26 , 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 26: Jack Eichel #9 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates after scoring on the New York Rangers during the second period at KeyBank Center on January 26 , 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images) /
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With all the drama surrounding Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres this offseason, it should not come as a surprise to anyone that he was stripped of his captainship. This was announced today along with the news of Eichel failing his pre-training camp physical. Now he will likely find himself on injured reserve, and the Sabres will need to find themselves a new captain.

But Buffalo is going to take a more unusual approach to their captainship this season. And by “more unusual”, I mean that they just will not have a captain. Kevyn Adams announced this morning that no Buffalo player will receive the “C” on their jersey this year.

This idea of not having a captain in Buffalo could prove to be a good one. They could have taken the easy way out and just handed it to one of the older players on the team. But with no captain, it will force each member of the team to take full responsibility and act as a captain. There will not be one single player who has to take that on, it will be a group effort.

With so many young players on the roster in Buffalo, it will be interesting to see which ones step up and take on some more leadership roles on the team this season. There are a few players that could find themselves with the “C” on their chest very soon.

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There are plenty of young players that could be on the shortlist to become the next captain of the Sabres, including players such as Dylan Cozens, Rasmus Dahlin, and Casey Mittelstadt. These are not the only options that the Sabres have, but they could very well find themselves towards the top of the list when it comes time for Buffalo to name someone as a captain.