Jason Pominville, a former captain for the Buffalo Sabres, nudged 20-year-0ld Jack Eichel into the center of the circle as the team stretched before practice in HarborCenter Wednesday morning.
The center spot is reserved for a leader, usually a captain, and after Eichel signed his eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $10 million, there was plenty of speculation that the third-year pro would be the next to wear the "C" for the Sabres.
Would Jack be a consideration for the captaincy?
"All the players are under consideration for the captaincy," Sabres coach Phil Housley said after Wednesday's practice. "So we're going to evaluate that later on today and talk about it."
Is there a consideration to not have a captain and have three players wear an "A" instead?
"I'll take that into consideration today," Housley said with a smile. "I'd like to talk to my coaching staff first before we make any decisions."
There are plenty of options available for Housley when it comes to the official leadership in the room. And Pominville, who was a captain with the Sabres in 2008 and again from 2011 to 2013, knows that the letter shouldn't change the player.
"It's definitely a lot of emotion, a lot of pride for sure, but for me, I always felt that the most important thing is you don't change what you were named for so just be yourself," Pominville said. "Keep doing the things that have led to you being named and don't go out and try to be a hero because you have a letter on your jersey. Just do your thing and guys will respect that. I think the guys that have letters in the room, whether it's preseason or last year, are just being themselves and not trying to overdo things but at the same time get the respect from the guys with hard work. When they have something to say, just say it because you know guys will listen for sure."