"Hey, Jaro! Wanna be captain this month?"
Looks like a yes to me!
Someone (hi, brian!) asked me in the comment section what I thought of Jaroslav Spacek's January captaincy. While I join RJ in his desire to see Paul Gaustad with a letter, I have no problem whatsoever with Jaro wearing the C. He totally deserves it. While there was a lot of talk at the beginning of the season about how much better Jaro was playing and how good he looked, I do think he's been overlooked a lot. Brian Campbell seems to be getting the bulk of credit for that pairing's success and while I will come out of my recent anti-Soupy funk enough to admit that he is having a good season, Soupy's success does require a strong partner. Jaro's busting his ass every night which is something that can't be said about very many guys on the team this season. He's playing like he wants to win and he understands that means working hard. That makes him a great leader for this team as it is right now.
No complaints about the A's either. Jason Pominville doesn't really strike me as the leader type - he's so sweet and earnest - but like Jaro, he's playing hard and he has a boatload of assists in the last handful of games. Jochen Hecht is turning into quite the letter hog, but like I've said before about him, he's noticeably stepped it up this season. He knew he was going to have to play a bigger role and he's played it. He's also on his way to a career season. Thirteen goals and not quite halfway through the season... He has to get twenty this season. Right? Man, I wish the Sabres would get off their lazy butts and re-sign him already. Oh, right... They already did.
Yesterday's Sabres Edge suggests that the sweet vintage jackets the Sabres coaching staff wore at the Ice Bowl are going to be for sale soon. I am all over that.