Craig Rivet isn't getting any younger and at 35 years-of-age, may not have it in him to be captaincy material for the Buffalo Sabres over the long haul. Unveiled as captain in his first year after coming over from San Jose, he'll be playing his 16th season in 2011 and is creeping up on 1,000 career games played. His appointment as leader had a positive scent to it, but he's fresh off his worst offensive year since the lock-out - not that it's his brightest gift; it's just that he's usually handy for 20-plus points - and he can get a little carried away from the back line by pinching in or getting beaten.
Captaincy or no captaincy, Rivet's only concern is his team's success and he will fight and hit in addition to playing traffic coordinator around his net. I'm sure he doesn't mind those responsibilities, but his shoulder surgery raises question marks about the longevity of his health while getting his hands dirty. Rivet was solid in the postseason, is a guy you want to go to war with and is entering a contract year. Options are practical though because if you don't have a plan B, you don't have a plan.
Go to the tailor, pick up a nice suit and hurry behind the bench - you're getting into character as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Cast your vote below in deciding Craig Rivet's qualifications as continuing captain and if he's not your choice, share a comment on who deserves to be the next chief player.