i must say, it felt like 8 months for the flyers preseason to start, and now it is almost over. which brings the flyers to their next decision....after downie of course...the captaincy.
all fingers are pointing at gagne at this point. and the team hass clarified it will have a captain in place by game 1 in calgary. but is this really a smart move? albeit i am just a big fan taking in all the media perspectives available. but basing from my own experience as an above average athlete (soccer, not hockey), captains emerge over time. i would rather see this very squeaky clean and new group play together for a while before just choosing a figurehead.
this team is not a playoff team yet. maybe come march, they will be. but watching them play the washington's sloppy seconds was indication enough to even a casual observer that this team needs to be patient. so why rush the captaincy? if there had been a clear cut favorite all along, the decision would have been made. but there wasn't.
the flyers are looking to go in-house with a player who has been on the team. well, play until november and you will have 3 more choices who fit in that category.
thanks for reading. would love to get away from the downie stuff straight down the middle of hockeybuzz and talk some flyers.