Golden Knights could start season without captain
The Vegas Golden Knights are likely to wait and "C."
With the expansion franchise's regular-season opener set for Oct. 6, it appears as though there will not be a captain in place when the puck drops.
"We may be better off just having a leadership group than naming one guy captain," general manager George McPhee said Thursday, per Lisa Dillman of NHL.com. "We really don't want to put a 'C' on a guy unless this is going to be the person that's going to lead us for a long time. We'd like to get to know these players a lot better than we know them right now."
McPhee has, of course, put together a full roster, but few players are under contract long term. Furthermore, he and head coach Gerard Gallant are in the process of getting to know the players, and there's no pressure to anoint a team leader without proper evaluation.
"Do you know a player well enough after a month - I'm not sure - to put a 'C' on them?" McPhee said. "So we'll see how it goes.
"Again, in this entire process in expansion, there's some uncertainty. We don't have all the answers. We've tried to prepare for everything. But we've embraced the uncertainty. That's what makes this fun."