The wait is over and fans of the Buffalo Sabres have gotten what they wanted, well, somewhat at least.
Steve Ott has been named co-captain of the Sabres along with Thomas Vanek for this season. The Sabres announced today that Ott will serve as captain during all road games, while Vanek will serve the role during games played at the First Niagara Center.
Since former captain Jason Pominville was traded to Minnesota at last year's deadline, fans have been screaming for Ott to take on the role. His pesky play and hard work quickly made him a fan-favorite last season. It will be easy to see Ott step into the captain role and hold players accountable for their play.
As for Vanek, the choice is a bit interesting. He and Ryan Miller are the center of trade speculation while the team continues to rebuild. And while Vanek is a producer on offense, his demeanor never looked as if he was captain material. However, the new role could light a fire under Vanek, or it could just be a bargaining chip offered by the Sabres to convince him to stay in Buffalo.
Christian Ehrhoff will wear the "A" as alternate captain in all games this season. Ehrhoff has been consistent on defense, and with all the youth on the backend, should be solid in that role.
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