The Caps are taking care of the team photo right now, and then will practice here at Verizon Center shortly. Brian Pothier is out on the ice with his teammates for the photo, but the more interesting development is a simple letter ‘A.’
While Chris Clark is the captain and Alex Ovechkin is an obvious choice as an assistant, the Caps may have tipped their hand on who the second assistant to Clark will be. Last year Donald Brashear wore an ‘A’ for much of the season, but Sergei Fedorov is wearing the other one in the team photo. Not earth-shattering, but an interesting tidbit.
There were a couple of people earlier in camp asking different players about why Alex Ovechkin was not made the team’s captain after last season. Brooks Laich, as he often does, put it best.
“I think it is undisputed that Alex is the face of the Washington Capitals and a leader on this hockey team. Chris Clark is a veteran that has been around and knows how to handle a hockey team and how to be a leader. Alex is a superstar. We all know that, but [Clark] has a great relationship – as does Alex – with all of the players. [Clark] has a bit more of a calming presence and we missed him last year. We missed him dearly. I don’t think either of those guys are worried about titles and who has the ‘A’ or who has the ‘C.’ Those guys are both leaders and they just want to win.”