I think that's a good idea (Briere having the C). Pronger talks so damn much and is so sarcastic. Not that people don't take him seriously, but I would've liked to see Kimmo be the Captain. I always liked for respected guys who speak plainly and infrequently to wear the C. Those are the men who get people's attention when they speak. Chris Pronger is a bit too much of a troll and obviously has a healthy sized ego.
My feeling as well, but at the same time he's the type to take over regardless of whether he has the C or not.
Does anyone know if management gave out the letters or was it the players?
Is anyone really surprised? And frankly, who cares. I think Danny Briere says it the best in that terrible article that Tim Pannacio wrote:
“It’s funny, that is the one thing since I have been in Philly, it always seems like it’s a big issue,” Briere said. “Like it’s an important thing for the outside world — those outside our dressing room.”
Also, Leaf fan here... hate when we play you guys, but I'm going to be pretty interested to see how your team plays this year and the next couple years. Not sure what most flyers fans think about getting rid of two of your best players, but it seems like there's reason to be optimistic in the short and long term. Getting a bunch of good character guys in return and naming pronger captain will make a huge difference in the team's attitude and play, imo.
Coming from a life long and devoted cross state fan with the Pens, being politely the evil entity stepping into the room...
...this is the smartest choice for your captain the organization could have made. With Richards traded IMO there is no one else to fill that vocal void often demanded by the fan base and management with ontop of the out going nature skill to flat out back is up.
I loathe every time pronged is on the ice versus Pitt, but I repsect his skill set to the core. Your org made the right choice for the "c" even though your new captain will drive me and all other pens fans insane.