The Buffalo Sabres will have two captains heading into the new season as the team announced Thomas Vanek will wear the C at home while Steve Ott will do so on the road. Meanwhile defenseman Christian Ehrhoff will serve as the team's alternate captain for all games.
This move is a bit unconventional but may be born out of uncertainty. Vanek's contract with the Sabres is up at the end of the season and the veteran scorer has said he wants to see how Buffalo's youth performs before making a decision on re-upping with the team. There's a chance he could be trade bait if the Sabres fall out of contention quickly.
Having two captains might help soften that blow if Vanek's time left in Buffalo is rather brief as Ott whose contract also expires at the end of the season would more than likely fill the role full-time.
Vanek and Ott will be replacing Jason Pominville who was traded at the deadline last season. The pair posed with their newly C-adorned jerseys for the announcement.