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Panthers, Devils should name captains within a week

Source: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images North America

Marcel Goc #57 of the Florida Panthers attempts to clear the puck past Bryce Salvador #24 of the New Jersey Devils during the game on February 11, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (February 10, 2012 - Source: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images North America)

New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers fans won’t have to wait too much longer to find out who will be wearing the ‘C’ next season. Both team coaches will probably reveal their decision within the next week, according to New Jersey Online and the Miami Herald.

When it comes to the Devils, Bryce Salvador appears to be a leading candidate to assume the role after former captain Zach Parise left as an unrestricted free agent.

Devils coach Pete DeBoer indicated that he will probably make an announcement before the team’s season opener on Saturday, but he wouldn’t tip his hand.

“We’ve had some internal discussions,” DeBoer said, “but we haven’t named anyone yet.”

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen plans to name his choice this week.

For the third time in the Florida Panthers’ 18th season existence, the franchise did not have a captain in 2011-12. Bryan McCabe served in that role until he was traded on Feb. 26, 2011.