The New York Rangers have officially announced that the 26th captain in team history will by Ryan Callahan. While this is not a surprise to anyone, there are multiple other players who could be justified as deserving the role. Callahan becomes the first homegrown captain the Rangers have had since Brian Leetch, who served as Rangers captain from 1997-2000. He is also the youngest player to be named Rangers captain since Barry Beck, who was 23 when he first served as Rangers captain.
Marc Staal and Brad Richards were named alternate captains. The fact that Brandon Dubinsky does not get a letter is somewhat surprising and I do feel a bit bad for him. At the same time, though, it’s hard to build an argument against Staal and Richards, so it’s not something worth getting upset over. Dubinsky will be the same leader he’s always been.