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Lindy Ruff waited until game time on Sunday night to name his March captain and he didn't go with one of its previous hosts.

Skating onto the ice at HSBC Arena for the Sabres match-up against the Detroit Red Wings, Jason Pominville was sporting the "C" for the first time in his NHL career.

Pominville has been an alternate in the past but never the main guy. 

"Pommer is always solid," said Ruff.  "There's not many games that you can point to where you don't like his game.

"He's been strong all year long for us."

Personally, I like the pick.  Pominville is always accountable, works extremely hard, seems to be very well liked by his teammates, has responsibilities in all situations on the ice and has been one of Buffalo's most consistent performers this season.

He's also a guy that is very humble and understands the pains of working your way into the NHL through the AHL.  If anyone can talk to young players about being recalled/reassigned to and from "the show", it's Pominville.

He's also one player who understands the concept of a team-first attitude.  He also has his own blog on although no posts in March yet  (shameless promotion of site content).


Listen to Pominville talk about the disappointing loss to Detroit and the captaincy.

  Pominville Post-Game 
"This is an important time of year for us as a team and I don't want the focus to be on me having the 'C'," said Pominville following Buffalo's 4-2 loss to Detroit.  "I want [the focus] to be on us going out there and winning games. 

"No matter who has [the captaincy], it doesn't change much in the room."

Derek Roy and Jaroslav Spacek were given named alternates. 

See a history of the captaincy below.

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