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Poll: Who should be the next Rangers captain?

Aug 19, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

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Cook. Coulter. Colville. Howell. Bathgate. Esposito. Park. Messier. Leetch. Jagr.

Just a few of the legendary players that’ve served as New York Ranger captains. Hall of Famers, Hart Trophy winners, franchise icons — essentially what you’d expect from an original six team playing in one of the most prominent cities in the word. Wearing the “C” in New York is a pretty big deal, and carries a certain gravitas.

So who gets that honor now?

The Rangers have been without a captain since Ryan Callahan was traded to Tampa Bay. While the lack of an official captain didn’t seem to create a leadership void — the Blueshirts did go to the Stanley Cup Final, after all — it’s expected a new Ranger will have the third letter of the alphabet sewn onto his jersey to start the 2014-15 campaign.

A few candidates to throw your way:

Ryan McDonagh: Largely assumed to be the captain-in-waiting since Callahan left, McDonagh has never worn a letter for the Rangers but was tabbed as the odds-on favorite by online oddsmaker Bovada to inherit the “C”. The 25-year-old has spent his entire professional career in the Rangers organization and inked an extension last July that runs through 2019.

Dan Girardi: Has served as an alternate captain since the 2011-12 campaign and is often identified as New York’s blood-and-guts/heart-and-soul guy. Also, is one of only two players on the active roster to be signed until 2020 (Henrik Lundqvist is the other).

Marc Staal: The longest-serving member of the leadership group, having served as an alternate captain since 2010. Staal is a pending UFA, however, and that might work against him — especially if contract negotiations don’t go well. New York doesn’t need another Callahan-esque situation on its hands.

Martin St. Louis: One of the few players on the roster to have served as as captain elsewhere, St. Louis is the oldest and most experienced of the Rangers… but, like Staal, he too is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

Who’ll get the nod? Vote now…

  1. c1md6 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Mac attack

    • billiam55 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      MacTruck u mean

  2. schneider99 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    It’s gotta be McDonagh, he’s the team’s best young defenseman and is signed long-term. No brainer.

    • mb30forlife - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Just because he is signed long term doesnt mean he should and can be captain…. Down the line, yes but right now. I dont think hes ready for that role. He still has to focus on his own game before he can be ready to be “peppering up” his team mates. Marty St. Louis should be Captain or there should remain the 3 As.

    • bwayblueshirt - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Being a captain is about more than just being the most talented/promising. I think Girardi should be the captain. Maybe Mac will inherit the C in a few years.

  3. dadeyemi - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Ryan McDonough

  4. heynyc61 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Ryan or Marty

  5. billiam55 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Mcdonagh!. St. Louis should get the A though along with staal and girardi

  6. 950003cups - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Hugh Jessimen!!!

    • jasminedonut - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      You and the rest of the the Devil’s faithful are annoying, petty, little douches. You’re just jealous that despite the success of your team, they will always be the 3rd most popular team in their home state. Go whine some more and beat off to pictures of Marty you disgusting little troll.

  7. arrow43050 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    During the season I loved McDonagh as the new captain, but after seeing him through the playoffs, I think that he is not vocal enough in the locker room. Granted, I am not often in the Rangers locker room, OK never, but from what I have heard and seen on TV that is the impression I get. The captain needs to be someone who can talk to the team and shake them up himself and also pull individual players aside and get them to get their head out of their butt in a way that coaches can’t. As great as McDonagh is I don’t know if he is there yet. If he continues to be a top 5 defenseman in the NHL then his stature alone will make him ready in a few years even if his speaking ability isn’t there yet. My vote is for St. Louis for the time being. Will be a smooth transition from the group that led previously (Callahan and Richards specifically).

    • bsaures - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      How can he continue to be a top 5 dman if he never was in the first place

  8. mattyg89 - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Let AV follow suit in NY and tag Henrik as captain.

  9. muttbolts91 - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Better make it Marty, if they don’t he might quit.

    • bolthead2589 - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      I heard the reason Marty wanted out of tampa was because his wife was having an affair with Jonathan Drouin. He had 2 options… Divorce her and stay in tampa and eventually play along side a team mate who banged out his wife, or request a trade to get away from him and save his marriage. He just used the whole “Olympic snub” as a fake reason to leave to protect his privacy.

  10. johnstone17 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    You got the picture posted of the next captain.

  11. chitown56 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I vote john Moore, met him a couple weeks ago at the rink, class act

  12. mb30forlife - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I would Say McDonaugh if not Marty St. Louis for the time being…. If not those to than Lundqvist, Marc Staal or even Giardi.

    I would go with St. Louis until he retired then make McDonaugh Captain.

    • mb30forlife - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      also… you all forget that Marty St. Louis was the main factor as to why they even made it as far as they did in the play offs. Not taking anything away from McDonaugh but i dont think he is ready to be captain just yet. Maybe in another season or two.

  13. ctcork - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    As a lightning fan, don’t pick Marty…he’ll leave

  14. creamyhamstrings - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Scott Gomez

  15. bethgoesglobal - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Granted I’m not really a Rangers fan, but I like Girardi- he’s always struck me as that type of guy. McDonaugh seems too timid; not very vocal in the dressing room. Of course I’ve always wondered why we don’t see goalies wearing the “C”; maybe Henrik could break the mold? He’s certainly a leader on that team.

    St.Louis? Really? That just doesn’t make sense to me. He just isn’t a “Ranger” if that makes any sense.

    **OH- and if anyone knows the whole goalie as captain thing I’d love to know

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