There appears to be a slim chance it will happen before tonight’s game against Boston or it might not be until later this week, but the Devils are about to name Jamie Langenbrunner as their captain.
The usually-talkative Langenbrunner became extremely tight-lipped when asked this morning if he had been given the captaincy.
“Something will happen soon,” he said. “Let’s just leave it at that.”
What would it mean to Langenbrunner if he were named captain?
“It would be an honor,” he said. “It’s something that means you have the respect of your teammates and of the coaches and GM.”
How the Devils make the announcement remains to be seen. Given the Devils’ usual avoidance of dramatics, Langenbrunner could simply show up with a C on his shoulder when he steps on the ice for tonight’s game or Friday night’s game against Washington.
If they really wanted to play it up, however, they could make the announcement during Friday’s pre-game ceremony to honor former captain Scott Stevens for being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 12.
The Devils have been going with three alternate captains –Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta and Dainius Zubrus – after head coach Brent Sutter stripped Elias of the captaincy on the first day of training camp. Sutter has recently been talking to his players about the captaincy, though.
“I don’t know if it’s as much a vote, but they always talk to certain guys and you can tell which guys have the respect of the locker room and which guys try to step up when it’s needed,” Langenbrunner said.