I liked Vinny Prospal for captain and, should the Blue Jackets sign him, suggest that whomever is wearing the "C" personally tears it off his own chest and mans the sewing machine to apply it to Vinny's sweater. Yes, I think Vinny Prospal was that transcendent of a figure in CBJ history and will be proven so over time. But I digress.
|Brandon Dubinsky takes the opening night faceoff.|
Because I think the team is just waiting for the right time to give him the "C".
Here's my best guess: It will be Brandon Dubinsky, and it will be on November 7 or March 21, the dates of the Blue Jackets' home games against Dubinsky's former team, the New York Rangers. If forced to choose one of the two dates, I'd go with November 7.
Dubinsky is by far the most outcomes-focused postgame interview on the team from my perspective, and the "win or you're a loser" attitude is something that hopefully the Blue Jackets management and coaches realize is desperately needed from their top player-leader in order to crush the old CBJ "we lost but played real hard, guys" attitude like a bug. He also appears to play the rough and tumble type of game that management is hyping as the character of this team, filled with nets being crashed, fists being thrown and snarls on faces all around. Never mind that President of Hockey Operations has publicly lauded the competitive attitude that all the former New York Rangers have brought to the Blue Jackets.
So that's my take: Brandon Dubinsky, November 7.
And Rick Nash will have to sit there and watch.