When Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced back on Dec. 15, 2011 that Chris Pronger would be lost for the season with a severe concussion, the most underlying question many wondered was "Who would wear the 'C'?" Not just in the short term of this season, but beyond that in the event Pronger would never play again.

The logical choice at that time seemed to be Kimmo Timonen, who had served as captain of the Nashville Predators prior to his arrival in Philadelphia. A well-respected veteran, Timonen has always led by example on the ice and has never shied away from speaking his mind when the Flyers have underachieved.

We all believed Claude Giroux would be the eventual captain of this franchise, but conventional wisdom at that time was that he shouldn't be rushed into the role. After all, it was not even four years ago, Sept. 2008, when the Flyers named 23-year-old Mike Richards as the 17th captain in franchise history, a role Richards would theoretically grow into and eventually relish for the next decade.