The second “A” rotated around Bruins players throughout the preseason with Brad Marchand continuing to serve as the other alternate captain. And they’re going to stick with that when the puck drops on Boston’s 2021-22 NHL season Oct. 16 at TD Garden.
“We’re going to rotate. It’s situational. To me, Marchy when (David Backes) left, bang, Marchy. And he had certainly earned it and was in a place he could handle it,” Cassidy told reporters after Friday’s morning skate. “I think right now, I think there’s a lot of guys that could handle it. We want to grow it a little bit because I think there’s different guys that can grow into that, and eventually, we’ll decide if it’s permanent or not. But right now, like I said, I think there’s different guys that can handle it and should have it.”
Cassidy also mentioned David Pastrnak, Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy as three players who likely will be the leaders of the Bruins in the future.
It will be interesting to see if one of the above players steps up enough to earn the permanent letter on his sweater. But at the end of the day, it’s a good problem to have more than one person capable of being a true leader on a team that includes veteran leaders like Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.