You don't have to look to far into the Flyers history to find the "C" taken from a player who already had his name on the Stanley Cup. As for Mike Richards success in juniors and the Olympics I think he had an entire team playing with him in both cases.
So who was it? Poulin? Nope. He never won a cup. Lindros? Nope. So who?
For all you "new" Flyers fans who talk about Richards leading by example on the ice, take a look at how a real Flyers captain leads by example on the ice. Does this even resemble Mike Richards? Hello? Anyone?
The big diff between Lindros and Richards? Richards is smart enough to keep his head up, not down by his skate laces!
Mike Richards can't hold Eric Lindros' jock strap. There is no comparison at all. #88 NHL HOF material, Hart trophy winner, #18 hangs out at frat parties and can't get through a post game interview without dropping his head and mumbling.
Talent-wise? Of course not, Lindros had more raw talent than anyway ever to play the game, outside of Gretzky.
Leadership-wise? Please, if Lindros was such a brilliant leader, why does Keith Jones, years after he saved Lindros' life in Nashville, sarcastically say that "everyone makes mistakes" in reference to his role in saving Lindros. If he was such a leader, why were there mass reports of him letting his parents interfere with the organization? If he was such a leader, why did he sit out an entire season because the organization wouldn't trade him to Toronto?
Lindros was a baby. Clarke was a ********* as well, but sometimes, you have to grow up and deal with it.
Lindros was 6 ft 4 and 240 lbs. Richards is 5 11" and 195 (and I think both of those numbers are "rounded up"). Richards is out there throwing his weight around against much bigger players than himself. We have already heard the Lappy quote, and I think that quote was more one of admiration/respect at the way Richie plays when he is not exactly a tank. Also, Eric was taken 1st overall and traded for $15 million and a starting line-up. Richie was a middle 1st round selection from a very deep draft. Richie is doing a lot, with a lot less. He has captained his team to one Finals appearance, just like Lindros. Though Richie's team managed to win 2 games. So I give him the edge as he got closer to the Cup. And he still has 10 years to win one.