It's fitting that we discussed the ol' Chain o' command earlier this week, because Dany Heatley was named an assistant captain today by Craig Hartburg (terrorist fist-pound to Sens Chirp).
I was pretty certain that Mike Fisher was ahead of Heatley in the pecking order on the Sens, but I was apparently mistake. Both Fisher and Heatley had filled for Redden *shudder* and Chris Phillips last season by wearing the A.
Heatley's game has always been more physical than he's given credit for, he don't perform nearly as many no-look drop passes as Spezza, and who know how much respect he gets in the dressing room (a lot, I guess). With another 5 years on his contract following this season, Heater's going to be a fixture in Ottawa for a long time.
Thought Jason Smith is certainly a respected veteran, there's something to be said for knowing the team that you're helping to lead. Heatley does. It's hard to argue this decision.
Note: Fisher may miss the season opener tomorrow with an aggravated groin, he says they'll make the decision on gameday.