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Who should New Jersey’s next captain be?

Jul 27, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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There have been nine captains in the history of the New Jersey Devils: Don Lever, Mel Bridgman, Kirk Muller, Bruce Driver, Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Patrick Elias, Jamie Langenbrunner and, most recently, Zach Parise.

With Parise gone, the search for No. 10 is underway.

There’s no shortage of candidates in the Jersey room:

– Elias, 36, is one of the longest-serving Devils, has worn the “C” previously and was an alternate last season. That said, he still has a bad taste in his mouth from how his time as Devils captain ended:

“I don’t need a letter to know what I’m supposed to do,” he said. “I had the C. I didn’t like the situation the way it was handled when it was taken away. I don’t want to be put in that position again. I think I can help all the young guys and be a leader no matter what. It won’t matter to me.”

Elias was named Devils’ captain before the 2006-07 season by then head coach Claude Julien. He was stripped of the C by Brent Sutter at the start of the 2007 training camp. Sutter told the media about it before discussing it with Elias.

Ilya Kovalchuk captained the Thrashers for two seasons and also wore an “A” in 2011-12. He’s New Jersey’s highest-paid player and led the team in scoring last year. He also finished 10th in Hart Trophy voting.

– For some, Martin Brodeur is the New Jersey Devils. While having a goalie as captain isn’t commonplace, it has been done before, most recently with Roberto Luongo in Vancouver.

(Granted, many saw this as a failed experiment that ended with Luongo “relinquishing” the captaincy after the 2009-10 season.)

– Veteran defenseman Bryce Salvador has been with the club for four years and recently signed a three-year extension. He’s one of just four players on the roster signed through 2014-15.

There is another option for New Jersey:

No captain.

The club adopted this practice for the first season post-lockout (2005-06) following Stevens’ retirement and Niedermayer’s departure to Anaheim.

Rather than anoint a new captain, the club opted to use four alternates from a pool of Elias, Scott Gomez, Colin White, John Madden, Brian Rafalski and Alex Mogilny.

So…what should the Devils do? Have at it in the comments section.

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  1. kingfooj - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Elias or kovi

  2. chazxcore - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Brodeur without question!

  3. thecheeman - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Kovy is a stand-up guy with the media, acknowledges when he’s not good enough, loaded the team on his back in that Flyers series after getting treated for a bad back, and made the huge hit to free the puck for the Game Winner in Game 5 against the Rangers. Plus he’s going to be in Jersey until 2025. He’s the only option.

  4. rushledger - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Normally a goalie captain is far fetched but but Broduer should be in the running with Elias and. Kovalchuk

  5. lonespeed - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Ryan Carter seems most logical.

  6. earlcpeacock - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    soup can sid

  7. njdallday - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    The captain should be Bryce Salvador… Kovy seems fine not being captain and Salvador brings leadership on the blue line and is our #1 defenseman… As a season ticket holder I’m tired of seeing a new captain every year

  8. sjsharks66 - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Zubrus

  9. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Kovy needs the C imo. You paid him to be the man, put the C on his chest and tell him to go out and be that man.

  10. martysbetter - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    My head says Salvador, but I think Kovy really wants it – he’s done A LOT to stand up for his teammates over this last season, always saying the right thing after games, I think he wants to be seen as that guy.

  11. soupcanxtrabeefy - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    There is only one captain in the nhl … Mr. Girth himself soup can sid

  12. uscthom78 - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Adam, Adam or hedberg

  13. earlcpeacock - Jul 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    the one and only captain of thickness. soup can sid http://thickarmy.tumblr.com/

  14. cerealrapist - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Elias has made it clear he does not want the C. Kovalchuk seems like a candidate – especially since he aint leaving any time soon – but I think Salvador is the one who’s leadership skills have been documented most. Every guy on that defense already looks to Bryce for leadership and now that he’s re-upped for 3 years, hes a safe pick (although we know he’s retiring after that.)

    The other idea would be to give it to someone like Zajac or Clarkson. Guys that have proved to be high-character individuals that, maybe with added responsibility, might feel more attached to the team when their contract comes up next year. But again, that didnt seem to help keep Parise, so maybe it’s not the best idea.

  15. vindicatus - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Kovy is the obvious choice. He’s going to be 10x the captain that Captain Invisible ever was.

    Can we ban the “thickheaded” one man Pens army again? The only thing thick about him is the Cheetos-crusted pannus smothering his Crosby boner; he needs both hands and a flashlight to dig it out whenever he sees Sid on TV.

    • DED - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      I second the ban.

  16. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    jnealsmeatymember

  17. jnealsmeatymember - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    SCA can not be touched,let alone banned! Hahaaa nice try tho. Instead of being dirty philty haters, join the revolution.

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