Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan plans on naming a captain sooner rather than later, he said on the opening day of training camp.
"I believe in doing things early. If you're going to do it, do it quick," he said. "If you basically know who the decision is then you try to do it as quick as you can, let it settle in and let the leaders lead."
Among those believed to be candidates are a pair of new faces, forward Brian Gionta, who served as captain the past four seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, and defenseman Josh Gorges, an alternate captain in Montreal.
"You look at him and he doesn't have to say anything. He doesn't have to be a rah-rah, in-your-face type of guy," Gorges said of Gionta. "But you watch what he does and you see how he's had success. And you say, 'Well, if he's had success doing this then you know what, I'll follow his lead and I'll try to have the same success that he had.'"
To read more about the Sabres' search for a new captain and their first day of training camp, click here.