Why should it be Handzus?
he affects the team in not a single way.
We are the Los Angeles Flyers. Flyer favoritism runs rampant in our organization... What makes you think Handzus holds no favor which the coaching staff? Murray praises Handzus like crazy, he and Preissing are the only vets that will stay with the team for any length of time, 5 of his 9 seasons he has posted in the NHL he has posted over 40 point campaigns having one bad season with the Kings doesn't bury him 6 feet under, and he does have some leadership qualities. I am not saying he is the best for the job, I am saying he will be a major contender whether you like it or not because of his past.
I know Kopitar is our best player but it would be nice to have and A on the d-side.
Also from what I see Frolov has be supportive of his team , and is the one "core" guy that has been here the longest. Brown well we know.
C - Handzus (it's that Philly connection)
A - Armstrong (he's good in the locker room, from what I hear )
A - Pressing (I know what you are thinking - Preissing? But with the already impressive list of leaders we can't forget to throw in one more of Deano's boys )
p.s with this line-up we are sure to land the #1 spot. Hed-man is the-man!
I believe it will be just one vet, just because they have talked about handing the team to the core kids, and about the vets not getting in the way.
So in my estimation, this means Handzus, because he is not stepping into a new team like Stoll. When you are building a core, you don't hand the reigns over to the new guy.
So: Hanzus = A
And lastly, I'm going to go with Frolov, just because he is the vet of the core, and needs to be recognized, and giving him more of a role will only make him more assertive, and may help get that tattoo in a little deeper. His english should be getting pretty good by now.
Frolov = A
The other runner up should be Jack Johnson.
ef Army. LOL j/k, I don't have nothing against him, and he is a solid locker guy, well liked, leadership ability, etc... but the bottom line is that this team is quickly running out of room/ and the need of his services. And I am one of those guys who thinks that those positions should be filled with talent. Guys that are respected on the ice, as well as in the lockeroom, and ideally have the ability to be game changers and/or put the team on their back occasionally when need may arise.