Rangers are set to enter the third consecutive season without a captain.
Head coach David Quinn announced Wednesday that the team has nominated four reserve captain Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba Kreider, and Zibanejad all wore an “A” outfit last season. But the departures of Jesper Fast (Hurricanes) and Marc Staal (Red Wings) gave Rangers two more vacancies.
Parin and Truba both entered a second season at Rangers and were key members of the team’s core.
There was speculation that Kreider or Zibanejad would not wear a “C” this season after Quinn said the organization had planned to “assess that situation”; at the start of training camp, but Kreider said the Rangers had no. Captain Since Ryan McDonagh was dealt with at the 2018 trade deadline, don’t think not having a captain would be a big deal.
“It might not be something that people want to hear. But I think many times [the captaincy] It’s more than a fan base than anyone else, ”Kreider said in a Zoom call on Wednesday.“ At the end of the day, you need a large group of leaders to be successful. I mean, there are many men in our room ready to take on leadership roles. And as I’ve said before, I think even some boys in years, two, and three will have a time when they need to lead, whether they stand up and say the right things in Locker room or lead by example on ice
“There is no passenger if we will succeed. You look back at teams that have been successful over the past few years, everyone knows their role, everyone buys them, and they do their best. Those teams have incredible depth. As long as everyone is in the same direction, I think we will be in good shape. ”
Zibanejad continued training with Rangers after being tested positive for COVID-19 at the start of training camp. But his status in the season opener on Thursday against the islanders continues to air on Wednesday.
“We’ll have a clearer picture of what that will be,” Quinn said. “So far, that will be reviewed during the game. Obviously, we know he has COVID and everyone reacts differently to it, so the shift decisions will certainly change.
Quinn announced that rookie Igor Shesterkin will receive his first start in the nets of the 2020-21 season.The islanders are expected to start Semyon Varlamov.
Rangers have officially named Morgan Barron, Anthony Bitetto, Colin Blackwell, Libor Hajek, Keith Kinkaid and Matthew Robertson as their taxi team.