Dano is a slight improvement over Chico for me (I know that's probably heresy for a lot of posters here but i just found him incredibly irritating) so I voted yes. Dano has a lot of room for improvement for sure, but I hope he gets there. Most commenting pairs around the NHL are horrible.
I really don't care who the next captain in terms of captain-esque qualities that people think are important. For all intents and purposes, Bryce was probably an excellent captain, just not an excellent player...not close to it. But he got the added pressure and vitriol because he was not playing well.
By all accounts Bryce is/was a good leader, although no one here is ever going to know for sure. The problem with giving him the 'C' is that you can't bench your captain without causing a controversy. While I really didn't mind him in the captaincy role, it hurt this team that he had a defacto roster spot every night that he was physically able to skate.
For this reason, I think I'd prefer a forward carry this burden. If it came to it, you can hide a bad captain on the 4th line a lot easier then your defensive pairings.
I thought it wasn't that we own his rights till he's 35, but that we have first right of refusal. He's free to play anywhere if we ok his return, but he doesn't have to play for us. Then all other 29 teams have to ok his return. When he turns 35 he can go to whatever team he wants without anyone's concent. But we don't own his rights at all.
This is close but Bill Daley clarified it when this all went down.
Under 35 and If he doesn't skip a year of professional hockey he needs all 30 teams permission to come back and we have his rights. Which happens first, approval or us owning his rights is sort of moot, they are both in play.
Under 35 and If he does skip a year of professional hockey, he only needs to work it out with the Devils, either playing for us, or getting permission to play for a different NHL team.
And then as you mentioned, when he is 35 he is free to do whatever / sign where ever with no permission.
I myself am I little confused. Would the Devils retain his rights and have to basically give him permission to come back as an FA?
We own his rights until he is 35, then he falls off the voluntary retirement list and is a UFA.
If he wants to come back before then straight from the KHL (or another professional league) he needs permission from all NHL clubs, if he sits out a year and wants to come back before the 2018 season he just needs permission from the Devils who could presumably strong arm him into playing for us, if we we were interested.