I can't help but chuckle a little when I hear fans say who is or isn't a leader in the locker room and stuff like that. We just don't know. We really don't have any ground to stand on when second guessing these alternate captaincy decisions. It's extremely obvious to every one that Crosby is the captain of this team for a variety of reasons. The alternates aren't going to be clear to us. I think Malkin will be a permanent by the end of the year, but they'll probably cycle through other guys throughout the regular season first. I'm guessing we'll see A's on Staal, Talbot, Cooke, Dupuis, Whitney and others in these next months.