Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Luongo to be the first goalie captain

Roberto Luongo
The Vancouver Canucks have named goalie Roberto Luongo as the teams captain. Traditionally goalies have not been allowed to be captains. In fact the NHL even has a rule that states that "No goalkeeper shall be permitted to act as Captain or Alternate Captain". Somehow I think that Luongo is going to remain as a goalie this season (he is the seventh best in the league).

So does this blatant disrespect for the rules mean that Ryan Miller has a possibility of taking on the role of captain for the Sabres this season? Last year he acted, and was viewed as, the de facto captain and may do so again this year. However will Ruff (himself a former assistant captain) go against years of tradition and allow Miller to wear a letter. Furthermore what happens when the backup plays a game? Does the team just have their captain sit on the bench for the entire game? I don't think that it will happen in Buffalo, at least not with the number of qualified leaders that the team already has.

On a completely unrelated note, the Buffalo Sabres have signed a five year deal with Coca Cola. This will give Coke "exclusive pouring rights within HSBC Arena", in short you will have to buy your Pepsi elsewhere.

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