The New York Rangers
' decision Monday to make Ryan Callahan
the 26th captain in franchise history cut the list of teams without a player wearing the "C" to six -- three of them in the Atlantic Division.
Callahan, who succeeded the recently retired Chris Drury
and bumps the number of U.S.-born captains to four, joins Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby
as the only captains in the Atlantic Division -- New Jersey, the New York Islanders
and Philadelphia have not designated a captain.
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GOALS: 23 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 48
SOG: 179 | +/-: -7
The Devils have yet to name a replacement for Jamie Langenbrunner
, who was traded to Dallas last January; they list Zach Parise
, Patrik Elias
and Ilya Kovalchuk
as alternates. Doug Weight
, who wore the "C" for the Islanders although he missed most of the last two seasons with injuries, retired during the summer. The Isles list defensemen Mark Streit
and forward Kyle Okposo
as alternates, though Streit missed all of last season with a shoulder injury. The Flyers' captaincy was vacated when Mike Richards
was dealt to Los Angeles in June. Philadelphia currently lists no alternate captains; Jeff Carter
(traded to Columbus the same day as Richards was moved), Chris Pronger
and Kimmo Timonen
wore the "A" last season.
Buffalo has been without a captain since February, when defenseman Craig Rivet
was traded to Columbus. The Sabres' roster currently lists no alternates; Jason Pominville
, Paul Gaustad
, Derek Roy
, Thomas Vanek
and Jochen Hecht
wore an "A" during the 2010-11 season. Florida also has been without a captain since February -- the Panthers went captain-less after dealing Bryan McCabe
to the New York Rangers
. They list only one alternate, center Stephen Weiss
Colorado's captaincy is vacant following the retirement of defenseman Adam Foote
, who succeeded Joe Sakic
as captain in 2009. The Avs currently list no alternates, though Milan Hejduk
and Paul Stastny
wore an "A" last season.
Callahan is the second player named captain in the past few days. On Friday, the St. Louis Blues
gave their captaincy to David Backes
. He replaces Eric Brewer
, who was dealt to Tampa Bay at the trade deadline in February.