I don't think they'll give anybody the 'C.' I think they might hand out another assistant captaincy (it would give them another player who could legally talk to the referees), but I'll be surprised if they hand over the 'C' even temporarily. If he were out for a year or so, perhaps, but he's still on the roster.
Anywho, regarding your second question, I don't think they could have a better captain than Primeau. Obviously, I'm not in the dressing room, so knowing individual personalities isn't a foregone conclusion.
How about Kim Johnsson? He sure has taken on the yeoman's share of the work as his time with the Flyers has progressed.
Roenick should never be given a letter because he doesn't need one. It's like they have an extra leader with him.
Some coaches make a player a captain when the captian is out and some coaches just give another A. Hitchcock seems to just give another A. It doesn't really matter how it is done. There is a heirarchy amongst the captains. Leclair is pretty much a captain (A) in name only. You never see him really get involved in talking to the refs. Its always Primeau or Recchi. Desjardins wore the A tonight in Primeau's absence. I didn't look, but I'm assuming Recchi's A didn't change to a C. He'd be the acting captain though.
Actually the "A" doesn't stand for "assistant" it stands for "alternate."
He's right. I suppose you could say we were "schooled" by Marshall. A sun will shine, a dog will bark, a tree will - well, whatever trees do, and a teacher will teach. :-)
Originally Posted by ClarkeMustGoDotCom
Brindy should have allways been the captian over Lindros. And it isnt even close.
I concur, but I don't think it's anybody's fault (not that you do). In hindsight, I think that teams should conduct personality profiles to determine who would make the best captains. For some reason, I think many people have grown up equating on-ice ability and leadership, when I think the two are not necessarily mutally inclusive.
Eric was obviously talented on the ice, but the part of his personality we got to view as spectators seemed to indicate that he was much more comfortable being one of the guys than the captain. Giving Lindros a letter, and the most important one at that, was a distraction to both him and the team. Not only was it done when he was in his early twenties (22?), but it was done by ripping it off Kevin Dineen's sweater. Eek! Dineen, for those of you that don't remember, is every bit the personality of Brind'Amour and was an experienced captain.
Again, I have the luxury of hindsight, and we can all rest easy in their current choice.