HELSINKI, Finland -- Jason Pominville isn't the loudest Buffalo Sabre. He's not the most outwardly opinionated, neither ripping nor gushing about his teammates with quotes that make waves.
Pominville is, however, talented and dependable. He's on the ice with his teammates nearly every day, and he's always front and center in the dressing room to give his take on what is going wrong or right.
From now on when he skates or stands before the media, it will be with a "C" on his chest. The Sabres have named Pominville as their new captain, giving him the honor at a team dinner the night before Friday's opening of the 2011-12 season.
Pominville is entering his seventh season as a right winger in Buffalo, and the "A" has been a fixture on his chest as an alternate captain. The 28-year-old will now wear a full-time "C," the first person to do so since Craig Rivet was claimed on waivers by Columbus in February.
Pominville was the last player to be captain prior to Rivet, holding the honor in March and April 2008 during a season in which coach Lindy Ruff rotated the captaincy every month.
Pominville, a second-round pick in the 2001 draft, earned a starting job with the Sabres in 2005-06. He played all 82 games in each of the next four seasons, a streak that was halted last year by an early concussion. He still played 73 times, recording 22 goals and 30 assists. He has 145 goals and 358 points in 459 career games with Buffalo. He is entering the third season of a five-year, $26.5 million contract he signed prior to the 2009-10 season.
The alternate captaincy will rotate between Paul Gaustad, Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford, with two players wearing an "A" each game.