With his departure, an unusual concern arises in Philadelphia. Claude Giroux also leaves behind the captain’s tag, which he proudly wore for ten years. 3350 days. After so long, the Flyers are looking for a new leader. Giroux played a total of 1,000 games for the Flyers.
Who will it be?
New coach John Tortorella is in no rush to appoint a captain. “Claude is not here, maybe it will be someone else who has spent a long time here. Maybe we’ll spread it out among more people who will take care of it,” said the coach. “With Claude gone, it’s an opportunity for others.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer attempted to list possible candidates.
Captain Cam. It looks nice. English calls the process of using the same initial sounds alliteration. Not only because of this, but he could become the nineteenth captain in the history of the club Cam Atkinson. At the age of thirty-three, he is at his peak, last year he was second in team productivity with 50 points. He already wore an A on his jersey, he is friendly and responsible to the media. He spent most of his career in Columbus, from where he moved to Pennsylvania only in 2021.
“He’s a tremendous leader,” center Morgan Frost said of him in April. “For me, he’s definitely someone I can look up to. He’s honestly a really great guy.”
Atkinson’s advantage is that he knows Tortorella from Columbus. It is the mutual bond with the coach that can bring him extra points. “I’m not sure what I enjoy more. Whether to develop players as hockey players or as people,” Tortorella told the press over the summer. “I’m a teacher. Instructor. It makes you happy to see what the boys become sometimes. That’s what Cam Atkinson is for me as well.”
Sean Couturier is a very important player for the Flyers. We tried to capture its meaning years ago. With the latest injury, which only allowed him to play 29 games last year, he disappeared a bit from the public eye. The hockey all-rounder, able to contribute both offensively and defensively, was missing from his teammates. It was impossible to replace him.
“He gives a lot to the team. On bulls, on the power play, in weakening, he plays on the opponent’s best players. He keeps the puck, he can play it. We miss him a lot,” former interim coach Mike Yeo said in January.
Similar to Couturier too Kevin Hayes looking to return from injury. The 30-year-old center will enter his fourth season with the Flyers. He has been wearing the A for alternate captain for a long time. He is very popular in the cabin, as Tortorella knows. He is said to have called Hayes as the first person after his appointment.
“I really wanted to talk to him in person. Kevin is a guy I’m really looking forward to working with. I think he’s a very important part of this organization,” the new coach said in June.
A twenty-eight-year-old worker is also said to be a possibility Scott Laughton. Due to injuries to teammates, he wandered through the lineup last year, established himself as a leader and temporarily took over the A on the jersey. Thirty points (11+19) in 67 games was his second career best.
Share on Facebook
Share on Google+
Share on Twitter