On September 16th the Philadelphia Flyers made official the naming of Chris Pronger as the team's 18th captain. It was not exactly a surprise.
From the time Pronger arrived in Philadelphia in 2009 there was an apparent rift in the locker room. Pronger, Briere, Timonen and the veterans were on one side. Former captain Mike Richards and his best friend/teammate Jeff Carter on the other.
When Richards and Carter were traded on June 23rd management sent a clear message that it sided with the veteran players—as well as the team's coach who had an icy relationship with Richards.
In doing so it also sent a clear message to the young emerging stars Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk concerning the right way to handle themselves as professionals.
The Flyers have a long storied history of great players, great leaders and great captains. However there have been a few bumps on the road.
Even some great players who were very good leaders in their own right wilted once the C was put on their jersey.
Pronger is a proven leader and has served as a great captain elsewhere. He was a leader on the Anaheim Ducks when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007.
He will be a huge upgrade over Richards, who struggled with his role as captain, was by all accounts not a vocal leader, had a bad relationship with his coach and an even worse relationship with the press.
With that in mind here is a list of the five worst captains in Flyers history.