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UPDATE: Claude Giroux Named Flyers Captain

The Flyers couldn't wait until Thursday.

It has been made official today that Claude Giroux has become the 19th captain in Flyers history. He replaces Chris Pronger, who has not played in 15 months, nor looks like he ever will return to the ice due to post-concussion symptoms.

CSN: Flyers Will Name Claude Giroux Captain On Thursday

According to league sources, the Flyers will name Claude Giroux the captain on Thursday in front of 19,000 fans.

The Flyers are holding an open practice at the Wells Fargo Center for fans on Thursday, and are said to announce Giroux will become the 19th captain in team history.

Hartnell: "Giroux is ready to be captain"

Hockey will finally resume on January 19, but the talks concerning a certain letter in the alphabet has already begun for the Flyers.

Chris Pronger is nowhere nearing a return to the ice. And with his retirement inevitable - but not official due to his contract - the designated captain slot will remain vacant until the Flyers decide to finally fill the void.

Three names have been on the lips of fans during the 2011-12 season: veterans Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen, and the young leader of the team, Claude Giroux. Only one of those players has remained a hot topic for the captaincy and it's the one who many around the NHL view to be the future of the Flyers and the league.

Sam Carchidi threw up a tweet that shouldn't come to a surprise to anyone. Giroux's best friend and locker room leader Scott Hartnell said that "Giroux is ready to be captain."

2012-13 Eastern Conference Prediction

The NHL is still in the midst of a lockout due to a CBA dispute between the NHL and the NHLPA. There have been rumors that a season could start around the beginning of December, TCL's Shane Blackburn provides a preview of the Eastern Conference should the lockout end. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

NHL 2012-2013: Rethinking the Shanaban

Here's the scene: It’s game four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils. The Devils have frustrated the Flyers for two and a half games now, stifling the high flying attack that dismissed the favored Penguins in six games.

New Jersey leads this seven game series two games to one. 

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Philadelphia Flyers Sign Scott Hartnell To Six-Year Contract Extension

Today, the Philadelphia Flyers announced the signing of LW Scott Hartnell to a six-year contract extension. The signing comes after Hartnell’s most productive season in the NHL (37 G, 30 A), where he earned himself a spot on the top line as well as a trip to the All-Star Game.

Hartnell has been with the Flyers since the 2007-2008 season, after he was traded - along with Kimmo Timonen - from the Nashville Predators. He signed a six-year, $25.2 million contract with the Flyers almost immediately after coming to Philadelphia, a contract that would have expired at the end of next season.

Flyers Future Negotiations Won't Be Hurt By Trades, According To Players

When the Philadelphia Flyers traded James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Luke Schenn this past Saturday, many started to question the ethics of the Flyers management.

This has caused some to question whether this move will hurt the Flyers perception with prospective free agents and star players in future negotiations.

Flyers Devils ECSF Game 5 Preview: Hard To Think Flyers On The Brink

The Philadelphia Flyers will have to win or go home tonight as they are on the brink of elimination for the first time in this season's playoffs when they host the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals.

They will be doing so without the NHL's leading goal scorer in this year's playoffs, Claude Giroux.

Flyers Vs. Devils, ECSF Game 3: The Time For Excuses Is Over

There is a laundry list of reasons given when a team doesn’t perform well: tension in the locker room, injuries, a lack of jump, so on and so forth. The team vows that they’ll play better next time, that they’ll keep working at it, and they’ll be just fine.

That’s a vow the Flyers are going to need to keep in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, after dropping two games in a row to the New Jersey Devils and falling a game behind in the series.

A one-game deficit might not sound like that big of an issue, but with the way the Flyers have played over the last two games, tying the series up seems like a much more daunting task than it usually might.

There have been slow starts, lapses in communication, weak goals allowed, and defensive breakdowns – things that the team has been dealing with all season. After 91 games, it’s about time that they figure out a solution to those issues.

Flyers vs. Devils, Eastern Conference Semifinals: Flyers Must Work Harder

After Flyers practice Wednesday, Claude Giroux minced no words on his line and the team’s Game 2 performance.

"We didn’t play hard.…we need to play harder….be hard on [New Jersey]….we want to be a team that works hard….outworked….lost battles….didn’t have jump….”

In just 1:53 of media availability posted to the team’s website, Giroux made the Flyers shortcomings quite clear.

They didn’t work hard enough.

It seems perplexing. A team in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs came out in a rowdy home environment and….didn’t work hard enough?