Zuccarello and Staal had A’s last season, so they come as no surprise. The new leadership group’s biggest surprise is Zibanejad, who is by far the alternate with the least amount of time in New York. It shows how much they value him.
As for Kreider and Fast, Kreider was expected by me. Fast is one of those players that does everything the coach wants and never takes a shift off. That’s the kind of leader a coach likes.
Staal will wear the ‘A’ for all 82 games. Zibanejad and Zuccarello will wear the ‘A’ at home, and Fast/Kreider will wear the ‘A’ on the road."Rangers name five players as alternate captains",