During the entire preseason every one was talking about the captaincy of the New York Rangers. Seemingly everyone thought the C would go to Mika Zibanejad, and rightfully so. Mika has blossomed into our star. He plays a 200 foot game, rises to the occasion when need be, and has done a good job with the younger players, specifically Lias Andersson. As days went, by more and more people were advocating for this and so did MSG. Sam and Joe went as far as saying Mika will be the captain without actually saying it. Every Rangers preseason game was 1/2 a hockey game and 1/2 talking about how much of a leader Mika is.
When asked about the C this is what Coach Quinn had to say.
As camp ended Twitter “insiders” came out of the wood work to stir the pot and tell us that the C was going to 93. I’m hoping this is a learning lesson for a majority of Twitter in trusting these “insiders”. If their name isn’t Bob McKenzie or Darren Dreger then there’s a 99% chance they don’t know have a fucking clue what’s going on, but I digress. Many of us thought that we would see this on opening night when the 2019-20 Rangers are announced, that is up until Larry put a stop to that.
I am very okay with not forcing this. Is it nice to have a captain? Absolutely. But it is also miserable when you do it just to do it. Having the C on your jersey is a heavy burden, just ask Ryan McDonagh. Mika is really starting to find his groove, why add the extra pressure? By not naming a captain, the Rangers will allow their players to just play their game. Just because Mika didn’t get the C this year does not mean he won’t get it next year. Remember, it’s a hell of a lot easier to give someone a C then it is to take it away.