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Poll: Who should be Columbus’ next captain?

Aug 26, 2014, 7:23 PM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have gone two seasons without a captain since they traded Rick Nash.

“I’m comfortable (without a captain),” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards told the Columbus Dispatch in October. He didn’t want to conform to a timetable when it came to making his choice, instead saying that he would hand out the ‘C’ only “when the time is right and if you’ve got the right player and he’s ready at that time.”

In other words, either the timing wasn’t right last season or they didn’t have any player that was ready for the responsibility. Perhaps that’s changed.

Brandon Dubinsky, who came to Columbus in the Nash trade, has emerged as one of the team’s leaders and has made a long-term commitment to the franchise by agreeing to a six-year, $35.1 million contract over the summer.

“Everybody’s anxious to have a captain, but we have a lot of guys who lead,” Dubinsky argued after signing that deal. “Everybody leads in their own way, but collectively we play hard for each other and find a way to get it done. It’s a big honor to be in this position and have this role with this team, but there’s a lot of guys on this team, and it’s much bigger than myself.”

Defenseman Jack Johnson is another contender for the role. He’s got two-plus seasons under his belt with Columbus now and is signed through 2017-18. He’s also one of the biggest workhorses in the league as he ranked 13th in minutes per game in 2013-14.

The Blue Jackets have some other noteworthy veteran leaders locked up to long-term deals like forwards Scott Hartnell and Nathan Horton, but Hartnell is a new addition and Horton has only played in 35 games thus far.

There’s also a chance that the Blue Jackets might go with rising star Ryan Johansen to put an emphasis on their young core, although his contract situation needs to be dealt with first.

So who do you think will be the Blue Jackets’ next captain? Did your preferred choice go unmentioned? Do you think they’ll go through another season without naming a captain?

  1. vancouversportsbro - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    The mascot

  2. dipthatchip - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Officer Bobby

  3. lowenni - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Brandon Dubinsky. Guy wears his heart on his sleeve and really displayed in the Pittsburgh series his work ethic and all around ability. He’s a real hockey player. He’s already got an A and is definitely my choice for the captaincy–too many questions about how good Jack Johnson really is, and Ryan Johansen is not ready, especially with this ongoing holdout. C to Dubinsky, with Johnson, Hartnell, and either Ryan Johansen or James Wisneiwski getting the A’s.

    • jinx21fan - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      I agree 100%. He’s the perfect choice at this stage for the team.

  4. blackandorangeforlife - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Dubinsky hands down!

  5. rushledger - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Jack Johnson.

  6. 19to77 - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    The Davidson/Kekalainen/Richards Jackets are defined by a hard-working, blue-collar game and getting everybody to commit to the team above all. The guy who best embodies their attitude to me is Dubinsky, and clearly I’m not the only one. Like lowenni said, the man wears his heart on his sleeve and he brings a great mix of physicality, offensive talent and hardworking defensive play in all three zones. Plus, he’ll drop the gloves and stand up for teammates when needs be. Dubinsky shares a lot of the good traits of players like David Backes and Brendan Morrow. He seems like a natural choice for captain.

  7. sjrulz17 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Dubinsky for sure.

  8. shanekelleytx - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Dubinsky represents the team more than anyone, he’ll be captain.

  9. c9castine - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    johnson gets C dubinsky foligno get As

  10. blomfeld - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Robert Luongo ?

  11. phtjoey - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:15 AM


    • 7mantel - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      Thought goalies can not be captains

      • phtjoey - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:07 AM

        I was being sarcastic because PHT had listed Carey Price in their list of possible captains in a similar article for the Habs.

      • hockey412 - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        I think they can, can’t they? I thought it just doesn’t work very well. I may be wrong.

      • phtjoey - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        goalkeepers are not permitted to act as captain or alternate captain.

      • desertfan - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM

        Luongo was the Canucks Captain and wore the C !!!!

      • 7mantel - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        But it was not sanctioned by the nhl !

  12. blue21c - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:44 AM


  13. clpalermo94 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:04 AM


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