While it's been agreed that the Flyers indeed need to have an outstanding offseason as far as free agent signings go, they also need to address the vacancy of a team captain. Here in Philadelphia, finding the perfect, long-term, healthy captain has been about as easy as getting Coatsey to make a comment without rambling for 5 hours. Since Lindros took over the role, there hasn't been a captain here that could be the face of the franchise. Primeau was damn close to being the perfect captain, until the dreaded concussion saga.
Who gets the "C" next year? Many people believe Mike Richards is the future captain of the team, but they also believe he isn't ready yet. So my question is, do you give it to a guy like Gagne, who seems ready for the honor, that will wear it for the rest of his career? Or do you give it to a Knuble, Kapanen, or Hatcher, who will only keep it to buy time until Richards is ready?
I don't think the Flyers want to keep playing hot potatoe with the captaincy of the team for years to come. If they think Richards is the guy, then give it to an aging veteran to babysit it until he's ready. If Richards isn't the guy, then let Gagne have a crack at it.
What do you think?
Who would your alternates be??