If they value experience in an alternate captain, the Panthers should consider Yandle’s old Phoenix teammate Radim Vrbata. The 36-year-old from the Czech Republic has played in over 1,000 games in his 16 year career. Vrbata was productive offensively last year with 20 goals and 35 assists.
The Panthers will need every point they can get from him as they lost their leading goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault in the expansion draft. However unlike Yandle, Vrbata’s contract only lasts one-year. Also this is Radim’s first season in Sunrise, so it seems unlikely that they would make him an alternate captain right off the bat.