In case you haven't heard; Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced today that Chris Pronger will be the Flyers' Captain for the 2011-2012 season.
Since his arrival in 2009 Chris Pronger has been an inspiration to the team. In 132 games he has registered 80 points and was even a plus 79, then plus 44 during the past two regular seasons. In 26 playoff games he has registered 19 points but only a plus two over that span.
Earlier this summer I explained how Chris Pronger's health is the Flyers' Achilles heel (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/779570-chris-pronger-philadelphia-flyers-2012-achilles-heel) with this recent announcement it's safe to say Flyer management agrees.
Several opinions have swirled this summer as to exactly how the Flyers will fare this season. With Chris Pronger's rehabilitation on or ahead of schedule I stand by analysis that he will lead this youthful group to great things.
The Philadelphia Flyers probably have not had a captain of this quality since Dave Poulin. Dave Poulin captained two Flyer teams to Stanley Cup Final appearances.
Chris Pronger has already helped lead the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup Championship. In each of his first years with the Flyers and the Oilers both those teams made a Finals appearance, which most would credit the arrival of Pronger for.
Many hockey pundits will agree while they may hate or love Chris Pronger, he brings a healthy desire to win to the table. Something that was questionable in previous Flyers' captains. While all have a desire to win not many have had the team first attitude Chris Pronger has.
Rumors swirled upon his arrival in Philadelphia of locker room feuds with former Captain Mike Richards. The offseason trades and now this announcement make it clear: Management wants to win and they are rallying behind their battle hardened field General to get there.
Hopefully this year a reinvigorated Chris Pronger can take the Black and Orange to Lord Stanley champagne toast.