The question surrounding the Claude Giroux debate these days isn't whether the dynamic center will be named the 19th captain of the Flyers, but when.



Sporting a 'C' going into training camp would be nice.

General manager Paul Holmgren said on CSN this week it would happen in the coming days. Perhaps on Saturday when Giroux turns 25?

"It's a decision that they have to think about," Giroux said. "It's a big decision, but at the same time, it doesn't matter if you have a 'C' or 'A' or nothing on your jersey if you lead by example on the ice or if you feel comfortable enough to speak in the room.

"I don't think you need a letter on your jersey to do that. Kimmo [Timonen], Danny [Briere] did that. They were captains before and whatever decision they make, I don't think it's gonna make a difference on how we play and how we're gonna be in the room or really on the ice."



Mike Richards was 23 when the captaincy was bestowed upon him. In hindsight, he wasn't ready for it and never felt comfortable wearing the letter.

It was almost as if the franchise "willed" it to be because so many people considered Richards to be the next Bobby Clarke.

Too many Flyers' captaincies since 2000 have come because of bad circumstances. Eric Lindros got stripped of it over concussions and a reluctant Eric Desjardins accepted it, only to give it up after a year amid rancor in the dressing room.

Keith Primeau took over and deserved it, but post-concussion syndrome ended his career and the club gave it to Derian Hatcher, whose best years were behind him.



Hatcher only had it very briefly before Ken Hitchcock gave it to Peter Forsberg and well … all those foot injuries. The 'C' seldom appeared on the ice.