Brennan: Jason Spezza should be next captain of the Ottawa Senators 0
Ottawa Senators centre Jason Spezza. (Darren Brown, Ottawa Sun)
There should be no surprises when the Senators name their next captain.
Jason Spezza will get the 'C' unless he is traded -- which is extremely unlikely but hey, did you hear Daniel Alfredsson bolted as a free agent? All bets are now off.
"If they held a vote in the room by show of hands," one recently retired player said Saturday, "they'd all pick Spezz."
From the outside looking in, there are other options. Chris Phillips, now the team's elder statesman, would make a good captain. He is well liked by his teammates. He is respected around the league. He is a dedicated employee. He is a good communicator and hard worker. But he is no longer a front-line player and there's no certainty the Senators will bring him back when his current contract expires.
As for the Senators' other leaders, well, Erik Karlsson is still too young, Marc Methot hasn't been on the team long enough, Chris Neil spends too much time in the penalty box and Craig Anderson is a goalie.