Last year the Flyers had no shortage of leaders. We had Mike Richards wearing the "C", and four others rotating the "A"s. At home we saw Simon Gagne and Kimmo Timonen, and away it was Chris Pronger and Jeff Carter. But with the depature of Gagne there is a hole left open. We have three guys already, and I know we technically only need two, but I think that we'll add another one, so we can have two and two like we did last season. Here are some possibilities to wear the "A" next season in place of Gagne.
This is probably the front runner to get the "A". Briere has been here for a while now (entering his fourth season) and has worn the "A" in situations before. He has shown tremendous leadership skills and is one of our top-notch players. He was also the back-up guy last season in case one of our usual alternate captains was out of the line-up.
Lappy showed all last season that he is a born leader. He will do anything for the team and is a veteran guy. Laperriere knows how to lead both on and off the ice and was an alternate captain during his days with the Colorado Avalanche. He would be a very good choice to get the "A".
A guy who has really made a name for himself in Philadelphia. Hartnell is a guy who leads by example on the ice (when he isn't taking dumb penalties). He hits, protects teammates and isn't afraid to drop the gloves. Hartnell is (like Briere) entering his fourth season with the club and may be a candidate to be an alternate captain.
Coburn has shown that he can be a leader in years past. He was a top pairing guy in his first year with the club. Coburn may get consideration because he has shown bright spots with leading on the ice with his physicality and has also worn the "A" in pre-season games. Getting an "A" may help his confidence after a sub-par season.
Could be a great choice for the club's next alternate captain. Has tremendous leadership skills and helps young players develope. Leads on and off the ice and is very respected in the dressing room. Has worn the "A" before. May not get it because of his unsure roster spot.