Chris Phillips is not the type of guy who would campaign for the captaincy of the Ottawa Senators by walking around with a “Vote For Me” sign. It’s not his style to be a self-promoter. At the same time Phillips won’t try to stickhandle around the question: If he’s asked to be the team’s captain he’ll serve. Gladly. “Yeah definitely” he said Tuesday after an informal practice at the Bell Sensplex. “I’ve played a long time now seen a lot been able to experience a lot. “If that was something that was asked of me then yeah I would certainly welcome that and be honoured.” With the departure of Daniel Alfredsson the Senators are in the market for a captain for the first time since Alfredsson got the ‘C’ at the start of the 1999-2000 season when then-captain Alexei Yashin was suspended by the team for not honouring his contract. It’ll be a tricky decision for coach Paul MacLean and general manager Bryan Murray. There is one school of thought that believes Phillips 35 should get it as the longest-serving member of the team. He was drafted first overall in 1996 and is entering his 16th season with the team. Widely respected around the league he’s been an alternate captain since the start of the 2006-07. He was also the team’s outspoken NHLPA representative during the 2012-13 lockout accusing the NHL of “dirty tricks” during the negotiations. The other school of thought believes that Spezza 30 should get the captaincy as leader of the team’s younger generation.
Phillips says he would gladly wear the captain’s ‘C’ for the Senators
Ottawa Citizen | Aug 25