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Flyers make Giroux their new captain

Jan 15, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers named Claude Giroux the team’s 19th captain in franchise history on Tuesday.

“Claude is the undisputed leader of this team,” GM Paul Holmgren said.  “He always exhibits a tremendous work ethic in games and practices. He is a great professional both on and off the ice. Claude has learned a lot over the past few years playing with Mike Richards, Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger, just to name a few. Having played with these athletes has been a huge benefit for Claude.”

The Flyers have been without a captain since Chris Pronger went down to injury in November 2011. Rather than shift the “C” to a different player, Philly was led by a trio of alternates — Giroux, Daniel Briere and Kimmo Timonen — for the remainder of last season and the playoffs.

That said, it’s not surprising Giroux was the one chosen to ascend from alternate status.

The 25-year-old had a breakout campaign in 2011-12, posting a career- and team-high 93 points while setting a Flyers record for most points in a single playoff game (six, versus Pittsburgh.)

Giroux’s stellar postseason play earned him rave reviews vaulted him into star status. Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette called Giroux “the best player in the world” following the series win over Pittsburgh, one in which Giroux upped his personal rivalry with Pens captain Sidney Crosby.

Giroux will join Lou Angotti, Ed Van Impe, Bobby Clarke, Mel Bridgeman, Bill Barber, Dave Poulin, Ron Sutter, Rick Tocchet, Kevin Dineen, Eric Lindros, Eric Desjardins, Keith Primeau, Derian Hatcher, Peter Forsberg, Jason Smith, Mike Richards and Pronger in the history of Philadelphia captains.

Of note, Clarke served both the longest single stint (seven seasons) and most seasons overall (nine) wearing the “C” for the Flyers.

Update

Here’s video reaction to news of Giroux being named captain:

 

  1. f2maestro - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Good for him; He deserves it. His team obviously feeds of his energy and talent not to mention his ability to take over a game like he did in the Playoffs against my Pens.

    Nothing but respect for the guy, regardless of the rivalry with PIttsburgh.

  2. killerpgh - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Got to respect a future captain who loses his cool and gets himself suspend for an elimination playoff game…..

    • xflyersx - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      It’s called passion, maybe you’ve heard of it

      • nach0mancandysandwich - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        You have to pick your battles though. He’s a little too mouthy. I think Briere might have been a better choice but the Flyers are trying to put out that attitude that Giroux plays with. Time will only tell if it works out. But I think he’s been viewed as the captain by the team since Pronger went down, so you might as well give it to him. It was the only choice that the players and fans will accept so it the right move.

      • killerpgh - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Passion? You really called it passion after losing his cool because he didn’t call at the other end of the ice so he decides to throw a head shot on a class player like Zubuis way after he dumped the puck. Giroux is a great player and there is no doubt about it. But when your teams best player loses his composure and got suspended for an elimination game it cost his team big time. Not to mention the fact that when he did it it was only a one goal game. But you consider that passion….

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Look there’s no question Giroux lost his cool but that is the only instance in the young mans career where he crossed the line. The Flyers were frustrated as a team about being shutdown by the Devils and it boiled over. He’s only human. And he was 24 years old. I don’t see anyone questioning Shea Weber’s ability to lead after he crushed Zetterbergs head. Or Crosbys credentials as a captain after his numerous hissy fits and poor sportsmanship in the first round. His suspension may have hurt the team but there was no way they turn that series around anyway. In my mind it’s something to learn from. G has an unbelievable drive to win, the best I’ve seen since I started watching the Flyers in the mid-90s, and there’s no question he has what it takes to be an excellent captain. He’s not a dirty player, he’s an exceptional teammate, and he never takes a shift off. On top of that, he’s unbelievably skilled. There should be no one questioning his leadership based on a stupid mistake.

      • thecheeman - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        There was no way the Flyers were turning around the Devils series? Giroux missing a game wouldn’t matter?

        I don’t think the incident disqualifies him from being a captain at all but let’s not get crazy and pretend like that move didn’t hurt them.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        I know people want to blame G for the Devils series but, yes, they wouldn’t have turned it around with him. The devils did such a good job of forechecking and keeping the puck in the corners that the Flyers couldn’t get any offense going. That’s why Giroux lost his cool, it wasn’t just the missed call. The Devils did an unbelievable job of puck possession and our D was overwhelmed. I repeat, Giroux playing in the elimination game would NOT have turned the series around.

      • somekat - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Briere over G? I like the guy, but he’s irrelivant until the playoffs. Your captain has to bring it every nights. Never been Briere’s thing.

        On the roster, the only other choices were Tims, who wasn’t going to happen because they want a long term C,and his career is winding down, and Talbot, who has only been here a year, and didn’t even have a A last year

      • macjacmccoy - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        I actually agree the lose of Giroux for the game didnt really hurt the outcome of the series. The 2 busted wrists of Giroux is what his biggest effect on the series was. If he was healthy then maybe I feel different but he wasnt he was hurt and wasnt helping the team much anyway.

    • caucasian1975 - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Thats rich coming from a pens fan, your captain’s the biggest b!tch in the nhl.

      • killerpgh - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        He is also a proven leader and winner at the biggest levels. See Stanley Cup (captain) and Olympic Gold (alternate captain).

  3. xflyersx - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    F*ckin right G

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Excellent choice. Now, can he lead this team to greatness like others have done before him. i.e. Stanley Cup Champion, and nothing less.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      He sure will make a fine captain, the dude is a beast, game in game out, and never ever floats for a shift here and there.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      that must be sarcasm right valois? the only “other before him” thats led his team to “greatness” was clarke and that was 40 years ago.

  5. wisdomnfl - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Claudia

    • zetaone - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Sidney.

      Oh wait, that’s already a girl’s name.

  6. orangeandblack67 - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    G embodies everything that a captain should be, talent, toughness, grit, and the willingness to stand up for your team. The latter is something the Pens wearer of the “C” will never have.

    • nach0mancandysandwich - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Let’s not get crazy here with the “everything a captain should be”. He’s good but he’s no Messier, Sakic, or Yzerman. If you look at it from outside the Flyers community it’s captaincy by necessity not merit. He’s the only choice and he’s a great player. He’s not God. I guarantee he gets concussed this year by the way.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Oh man wouldn’t that be ironic, after all the Cryer fans talk about Crosby, if Giroux takes a shot to the head and is out for a year and a half. Seems to be a curse following the C in Philly.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        It absolutely has to do with merit. He’s worn the ‘A’ for quite a while and has been an All-star the past two seasons. He was the de-facto leader after Pronger went down anyway. Mike Richards getting the captaincy was out of necessity, this is nothing like that. You’re right he’s not god (like how Pens fans view Crosby) but he has absolutely earned the C (unlike Crosby). And he’s a top-3 player in the world to boot.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Pens don’t view Crosby as god. He’s co-god with Malkin. Any jag knows that.

      • somekat - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        lol, you gurantee he gets concussed? 10x more likely for Cindy, and it has a much lower chance of turning G into a vegetable

    • miketoasty - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      I think you missed class and self control in stressful situations, oh wait, that’s right he doesn’t have that.

      • chrisvegas - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Oh get over it already. The kid has all the tools to be great. If you deny that then you don’t know ANYTHING about hockey.

      • miketoasty - Jan 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Except there is a difference between being great talent wise, and being a great captain. I admit I think he is one of the best players in the league but that has never made anyone a great captain. (See Ovechkin, Luongo)

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      haha when did Giroux EVER stick up for his team?? wasn’t it Giroux that blamed crosby for his limp wrists? real tough….sooooooo tough….

    • killerpgh - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Crosby sticking you for a teammate.
      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=k_rPtwZ4rKU

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Giroux is a great player and at the end of last year was ONE OF the best players in the World.

      But on your laundry list of things of what a Captain should be (talent, toughness, grit, and the willingness to stand up for your team), you forgot the most important piece: LEADERSHIP.In the locker room, in practice, in the off-season… that is the measure of a true captain. It is also something that Crosby has in spades – he pushes everyone in practice, he stayed in Pittsburgh during the lockout and skated with 8-10 teammates in practices that he organized.

      Also let’s cool it on toughness – neither Giroux or Crosby are Zdeno Chara. Both need to cool their chirps (Crosby on the ice, Giroux off the ice) about penalties and injuries.

  7. nach0mancandysandwich - Jan 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    This is a case of talent being valued over leadership is this guy a captain? If you look at it based purely on talent, then yes. But if you want a captain that’s calm cool and collected then you have to look another direction. I lost a lot of respect for Giroux after watching 24/7. I thought he got hooked easily by other teams: For example when Rupp did the Jagr Salute. I think he takes the bait a little to easily. But based on talent ya he deserves it.

  8. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    The guy had a good year (decent year the one before) and is a good hockey player. Ovi’s also a good hockey player. That does not make them Captains – it would be better to have a smart, mature player to lead such a young team. There is a total lack of leadership on the Flyers team, so you give the C to a guy that VOLUNTARILY got him self suspended while his team was getting eliminated from the playoffs…and all because he was throwing a temper tantrum about where Brodeur had handled the puck? Really?

    I’m all for the move, though – it just cements the Flyers place in my book as the filthiest, most irrespectable club in the NHL, bar none. No one in Philly cares about the cup, and that’s not what the players are playing for. Makes perfect sense. Now if they would just swoop in and make an offer to Subban, the image will be complete.

    • caucasian1975 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Wait, let me guess you’re one of those great penguins fans that forgot there was a team for a few years and almost got the team relocated? Next time you want to see what a tantrum looks like check out cindy’s I don’t  like them quotes.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        That’s a bit of a leap, isn’t it? You obviously have some issues, so I’ll type slow so you can understand it…

        Sid was answering a direct question, which was asked by the press…he didn’t single out one person, the way Giroux did when he was whining and crying about his limp little wrists (which Crosby may have hurt when he threw Giroux to the ground), he addressed the entirety of the situation. In his case, the only way to sum up the issue was “I don’t like them”. ‘Nuff said.

        To be honest, as the Captain he did a perfect job summing up the way the team, as well as the town, feels about Philadelphia. We don’t like you….nothing good comes from Philly. ‘Nuff said.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      You gotta be kidding me. You Pens fans have NO right to talk about temper tantrums. Your holier than thou attitude is disgusting. If you’ll remember your WHOLE team lost their cool against the Flyers. Crosby sounded like a petulant child that was gonna take the puck and run home. Malkin gets so shaken against the Flyers (primarily couturier) that he cant stop throwing elbows and head shots. And your great goal scorer James Neal resorted to leaving his feet and nailing defenseless players in the head when they dont even have the puck. Your GM writes a letter crying to the league about illegal hits and cleaning up the game, meanwhile his team is ine of the dirtiest in the NHL. Such hypocrites. You look down on Philadelphia, meanwhile your team is made up of scumbags. All you can reference is a play from the Devils series because your “Stanley Cup Favorite” team thought they could waltz through the playoffs and instead you got absolutely embarrassed. There’s a reason Crosby will never be adored like Gretzky or Messier, because he’s a little weasel who chirps all game long then lets his teammates fight his battles. He was solely responsible for 75% of the fights in that series. Nobody in Pittsburgh cared about the Pens when they were stinking up the league and about to leave your city. Then they get handed superstars and suddenly youre all back on the bandwagon. Can’t wait til Saturday so we can hand another L to the overrated whiners you call a team.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        * sorry owner wrote the letter, I actually like GM Ray Sheep.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Damn autocorrect *Shero

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        Well pen fans cant argue with that. Guys spot on.
        CANT WAIT UNTIL SATURDAY !!!!!

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        You may be the biggest of the A-holes there – and seeing as how ‘there’ is Philly, that’s saying a LOT. The Pens lose their cool against the Cryers because they know them…they’ve played them – been bitten by them in some cases…they’ve been through enough from those snot nosed little mama’s brats. In layman’s terms – they’d had enough. As for the town, it’s comments like yours that really put Philly fans at #1 in most of our books as far as horrible people go. Oh yeah – and there’s the little manner of fans of other teams being assaulted in your arenas and stadiums for wearing other jerseys, the outright hypocrisy of someone like Neal having enough of people like Rinaldo and acting in a retaliatory manner. Smart? No…but to be honest I’ve had enough of watching the Cryers myself, so I was enjoying the h*ll out of it. When Schenn got cross checked in the throat…that could have been tragic…but seeing as how – once again – it was his own illegal and dirty hit that sealed his fate in that, and the fact that he wasn’t seriously injured, it was outright JUSTICE.

        For your record – Crosby’s a great hockey player and Gretzky was not well liked when he was in the league. People in Pittsburgh don’t worship Crosby – we respect what he does for this town, on the ice and off, and what he does for hockey. Case in point it was Crosby that was helping seal a deal for the league while Claudia was overseas playing with himself. He’s all about himself – Crosby’s all about hockey – so it only makes sense.

        You have the town wrong, in all your judgements – but then again folks from Philly don’t really care about right and wrong when choosing sides. And intelligence and common sense don’t seem to be a concern before you open your mouths. Nothing good comes from Philly – nothing.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        It’s funny you call them the “cryers” when your primadonna captain is considered by most the biggest whiner in all of hockey. You’d think Crosby was attached at the hip with the ref the way he follows em around all game. I think your comments hockeywithdrawal have shown who the real classless fans are. Schenns hit was 100% legal, even the nonpartisan commentators and pundits have said so. Meanwhile the Pens had too many illegal hits to count. There’s no justification for cross-checking someones throat or continuously head-hunting just because you’re losing. In that series the Flyers did nothing but get under the Pens skin and then your team showed its true colors. They didn’t throw illegal hits or attempt to injure anyone (with the exception of Rinaldo), but the Pens did. Numerous times. It was painfully obvious to the hockey world that the Penguins were the agressors. It’s time for Pittsburgh to take a look in the mirror because, as I said before, the whole holier than thou act is wearing quite thin. You yourself said you were enjoying the retaliatory actions of your team, which is so classy. I’m absolutely sick of Pens fans acting like their franchise is gods gift to hockey. Get over yourselves and show a little humility once in awhile. Philadelphia has a reputation that has been created and marketed by the national media. Ive been to plenty of Philly sporting events and have never once seen an opposing fan assaulted. Sure there are drunk idiots here, but no moreso than any other city, including Pittsburgh where I guess all opposing fans are welcomed and treated perfectly 100% of the time. Right?? Get off your high horse. You’re the one whose judgements are seriously flawed about this town.

  9. jaredphi - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I agree with NachoManCandySandwich. I was hoping Briere would get the “C” and I viewed him as the best choice for the job.

    Danny’s done it before (in Buffalo, serving as Co-Captain with Chris Drury) and he seems well suited for the job, dealing with the press and such. At the very least, it’d be “old hat” to him, given his prior experience with being Captain.

    I’d prefer G was given a little more time before getting the “C”. I worry dealing with the press – and the additional pressures of being Captain – could get in the way of his offensive production.

    Time will tell, of course.

    • somekat - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Briere is at best an average player except the playoffs. Good to have an all, but not a captain. Especially when his first year will be a season where every game will be so important

  10. jhuck92 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I’m glad Giroux got it… very well deserved. Now all I need is Chris Pronger to retire (or at least leave Philly) and I can be a Flyers fan again. If Bobby Ryan comes back home, I’ll even consider season tix.

    • somekat - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Pronger is done (sadly), but won’t retire until his contract is up for cap reason

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Go back to Pissburgh troll. We don’t need bandwagon fans like you. You probably couldn’t afford the cheap seats in the nosebleed section let alone season tickets.

      • jhuck92 - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Hey jackass, I’m congratulating Giroux on a well-deserved captaincy and you’re calling me a “bandwagon fan”? Would it surprise you if i told you i live in South Jersey, a lot closer to Philly than “Pissburgh”? I honestly didn’t want that 1st round series to end. I’ve liked the Flyers since the Legion of Doom, but I don’t like Chris Pronger. Now all of a sudden that makes me a Pens fan…? It’s no wonder why Philly fans are some of the most hated. Get some facts before you talk sh*t.

  11. dkphilly1122 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    It is amazing all the “hatin” Pens fans do and say about the Flyers, yet look at all the trolls hatin on Giroux. One Pens fan out of the 4 or 5 here didn’t hate and respected what Giroux did. Crosby is the biggest cry baby in Hockey who gets all the calls he wants and you wanna say Giroux lost his cool and all?? Yeah he got suspended a game…..it happens in hockey. Malkin lost his cool and was constantly hitting Couturier with cheap shot after cheap shot the whole series, even hit him in the balls with his stick. It is hockey, players always get frustrated when they are passionate and trying to win the game. Giroux won’t get a concussion again like Cry Baby Crosby has a few times already the past few years. Giroux is gonna light Crosby up again on his backside Saturday and prove he is that good and Captain. So all you Pens trolls stop hatin on G and worry about your Captain playing the whole shortened season without getting a Concussion. The first comment by the Pen’s fan is the only respectable one, the rest are just trolls.

    • sportsfreak13 - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Yet your trolling pens fans by saying “crybaby crosby”. When G complains about brodeur playing the puck outside the trapezoid thats frustration but when crosby complains about constanttly getting hooked and clutched its “crying”? Got it! Funny our superstar is 25 (same age as giroux) yet he has 300 more points then giroux along with the cup, gold medal, and countless individual awards, yet you ask a flyer fan and giroux is the best player in the world. Only in philadelphia.

    • killerpgh - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      In case you are wondering Crosby has had 1 concussion and Giroux has had 2 during their NHL careers.

      • thecheeman - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        LOL Crosby has had “one” concussion that lasted a season and a half or whatever.

    • nach0mancandysandwich - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Looking at this thread I’m beginning to notice that all the Flyers fan cares about is complaining about the Pens and Crosby. It’s not about the Pens, it’s about immaturity being accepted at a role that doesn’t allow for it. Crosby is another one that got the C because of talent and you hate him. So every argument you have against Crosby can be applied to Giroux.

      • jaredphi - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        I agree with everything you said except for the mention of “all Flyers fans”.

        I am a Flyers fan (hence the “phi” in my login) and I haven’t yet posted something negative on here about the Pens or about Crosby.

        Frankly, I’d rather focus on my team and on the sport of hockey itself…rather than getting involved in pointless arguments (ones we will all NEVER agree on anyway) about who’s a crybaby, who’s a sissy, which city is better, etc.

        Yes, I enjoy the rivalry as much as any other Pitt or Philly fan – it makes the games between our two cities AMAZINGLY FUN…but I find these name-calling episodes to be both childish and specious.

        I wish we could all simply discuss G getting the “C” as that is, after all, what the topic here in this thread is all about.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Crybaby Cindy is a whiny biatch. G is a stud hockey player.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      WOW you just jinxed your own Captain HARD CORE…

      I agree! Giroux will NOT get a concussion this year! Giroux will NOT get a concussion this year!

      • nach0mancandysandwich - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Sorry to jaredphi. I generalized my statement and that was wrong. Sorry dude.

  12. rushledger - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    3 different captains in a span of a year and a half? I dunno if Giroux doesn’t stay captain for any number of reasons trade/injury/etc I’d seriously considered changing management up a bit.

    • somekat - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Because they traded one, then one had his career ended due to a freak injury?

      I’ve seen a lot of dumb comments on these comment sections, but you sir deserve a cake

  13. rushledger - Jan 15, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Hey dkphilly how do you KNOW Giroux won’t get a concussion again? Everyone who’s had a concussion before is more likely to get another one and Sid had an undiagnosed neck issue involving that so I highly doubt the actually concussion problem where as bad as Philly “fans” and I use that term loosely would love to believe. Just because you’re a troll doesn’t mean Giroux won’t get a concussion again. You’d figure after losing Pronger to a concussion some flyers fans would not wanna see ANY OTHER PLAYER o through that but I guess not, classless.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      The term “Pens Fans” should be the one used loosely as you all deserted your now beloved franchise when they were the worst team in the league. Philadelphia fans support for the Flyers has never wavered. As for concussions, I really wish people would stop using it as an insult. I mean I hate Crosby but I don’t want him to get hurt, let alone get a concussion. With the number of careers ending bc of concussions I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I’d much rather beat the Pens with Crosby and I’d hope Pens fans would feel the same about Giroux and the Flyers.

      • killerpgh - Jan 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        Here is the attendance from 2005-06 – http://espn.go.com/nhl/attendance/_/year/2006 – they finished the year with 58 points and the last place team had 57. Yet the arena had over 90% of the seats sold. The Penguins have really only had one year of bad attendance and it was the year leading into the lookout. Since 2000 they have only averaged less than 14,750 fans once. Look up that roster and tell me if you would spend money on that product in 03-04. The best players was some bum named Dick Tarnstorm or something like that. The threat of moving had zero to do with fan support as they were sellout a lot of their game at that time. It had everything to do with politics/needing a new arena.

    • somekat - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      funny, the thread started with a Pens fan saying he “guranteed” G would get a concussion this year

      Pot, meet kettle

  14. hockeyfan28 - Jan 15, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Gotta love Penguins fans coming on a Flyers thread and discussing their choice of captain
    Considering how many of them talk like their 14 years old and need a credit card to talk to a girl
    Wouldn’t be surprised if their all not the same person

  15. irritatingjoseph - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    A player who taunts opposing team fans is your Captain? same credentials as Tie Domi. good luck with that.

    • chrisvegas - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Seriously comparing him to Tie Domi? lol… Get a clue.

  16. chrisvegas - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Giroux. Truly a class act. Love this kid. He def was the leader of this team last year and deserves to be the captain.

  17. chrisvegas - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Message to Pen fans. GET OVER IT ALREADY! Hate Giroux all you want, but if you really don’t think this kid is the right choice for hockey then you don’t know hockey. I hate Crosby, but he like Giroux are franchise players who both should be the captains of their team. I hate when people let their feelings form their opinions.

  18. hawkeyplayer - Jan 15, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    he’s immature and mentally weak.

    /end discussion

  19. dkphilly1122 - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    G’s concussion lasted not even two weeks……Crosby’s lasted a year and a half……he’s one hit away from being a 25 year old former hockey player with gold medals and lots of crying on his resume. Pen’s fans are Turn coats. Flyers fans are dedicated win, lose or whatever. I Love that Pen fans always talk about how classless Philly is and dirty. I guess I would feel that way if I lived in the second city of the state and not what the state is known for, Philly. What is Pittsburgh even known for besides ” Steel”?? Anything else of importance??

  20. jimw81 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Dave Poulin is second best captain in flyers history while Mike Richards didn’t know what a captain meant to be.

  21. orangeandblack67 - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    WOW!!! I don’t think there could have been more whining and Crosby ball washing in that last comment if you tried. Sindy staying home during the lockout most likely had to do with his fear of getting hurt ( yet again) than anything else. I must say when the announcement of a Flyer being named captain draws over 60 comments half of which are from Pens fans it states one thing. This is THE best rivalry in hockey. I think that is something we can ALL agree on.

  22. broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 15, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    3…2…1… Oh never mind I’m too late. The Crosby Fanboys are already here.

  23. wisdomnfl - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Captain Claudia

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