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#1 Weekes Head

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 06:51 PM

According to TSN.ca:

Hatcher named acting captain of Flyers
Associated Press
1/29/2006 4:46:17 PM

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) - Derian Hatcher is the new acting captain for the struggling Philadelphia Flyers.

He replaces captain Keith Primeau, who is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Hatcher previously served as captain of the Dallas Stars and wore the "C" during the team's Stanley Cup championship in 1999.

The Flyers have been without a designated captain since Primeau was sidelined Oct. 30. Hatcher is the 14th captain in the franchise's 39-year history, a number that includes two stints by now-general manager Bobby Clarke.

After Saturday night's 6-0 loss to Tampa Bay, the Flyers have lost seven of 10, including five of six at home.

Hatcher and Primeau met with Clarke and coach Ken Hitchcock on Sunday.

"I think it's something that (Hitchcock) and some of the players felt that, with some of what's been going on, that there needed to be a captain, a voice in the room that represents the team," Hatcher said.

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Kind of reminds me of when we named Niedermayer acting Captain when Stevens went down with the PCS. Wonder if Primeau is done for the year...I mean, he's been out since October now, doesn't sound like he's returning anytime soon, especially with Hatcher being named acting Captain.

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 06:58 PM

This is interesting especially since Clarke had also said that if Primeau wasn't back after the Olympics, he wasn't coming back at all this year, not even for the playoffs if he were better then, because he wouldn't have played for almost 2 years (the amount he played in the beginning of the year isn't enough to matter). So he didn't even want to wait until then to name someone. Either Primeau knows he's not coming back or things are SO bad they can't take the chance to let it go even that next little bit.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 07:07 PM

I really think this has a lot to do with the current slide the Flyers are on, Hitch recognizes there needs to be a change somewhere.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 07:45 PM

I think Primeau is done, PERIOD. This is a smart move by Philly, Hatcher give the Flyers no-name defense an identity. Hatcher is a good leader in the Stevens mold (NOT Saying he plays as well as the Captain, but in the same mold).
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 07:58 PM

I think Primeau is done, PERIOD. This is a smart move by Philly, Hatcher give the Flyers no-name defense an identity. Hatcher is a good leader in the Stevens mold (NOT Saying he plays as well as the Captain, but in the same mold).


Yup, Hatcher almost NEVER elbows anyone!
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 08:03 PM

great move, i thought either gags or hatcher would get it.
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Hahahaha...long overdue. Now they need to get rid of Jacobs.


The problem is, NJ only plays them 4 times a year. We were only able to get them to trade JT and fire the idiot GM. If we played them 8 times a year, maybe Jacobs might have an epiphany and sell the team.


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 08:36 PM

there is NO WAY Gagne would ever be considered for a Captains C.

It would have gone to Forsberg, Johnsson, even Desjardins and several others before Gagne. Bobby Clarke would NEVER allow that.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 08:51 PM

Interesting move. I guess Primeau's done.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:01 PM

there is NO WAY Gagne would ever be considered for a Captains C.

It would have gone to Forsberg, Johnsson, even Desjardins and several others before Gagne. Bobby Clarke would NEVER allow that.


Forsberg can't consistantly stay in the lineup, why would they ever pick him?
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:02 PM

Because when healthy he is their best player.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:03 PM

Because when healthy he is their best player.


Sure, but that doesn't make him a Captain.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:21 PM

Because when healthy he is their best player.



Sure, but that doesn't make him a Captain.


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:33 PM

It is a smart move to name a Captain, but I'm somewhat surprised that it wasn't someone who has been with the team longer...although I suppose Hitchcock and Hatcher know each other very well.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:08 PM

there is NO WAY Gagne would ever be considered for a Captains C.

It would have gone to Forsberg, Johnsson, even Desjardins and several others before Gagne. Bobby Clarke would NEVER allow that.


ya...i don't think you know what you're talking about.
gags wore the C during the preseason and hitch has an affinity towards gags. he's wears an A. Say what you will about him being a spare part on the forsberg line, but he does things other than score and works as hard as anybody else which really makes him a hitchcock favorite.

forsberg has an A as well. johnsson wears an A, but with his brutally inconsitent play this years i doubt he'd get a C. Dejardins has played 18 games this year....and he has been given an offer for the C before and turned it down.

forsberg has only been out for an extended period of time once, for 6 games.

the people who wore an A this year were gags, forsberg, johnsson, hatcher, zeus, and dejardins

thinking it over, zeus deserved the C over hatcher...but both are great choices. zeus has been one of the most underrated players for the past few years. an amazing force at both ends. His scoring touch is lacking, but he is a great play maker and cycler of the puck downlow.

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Hahahaha...long overdue. Now they need to get rid of Jacobs.


The problem is, NJ only plays them 4 times a year. We were only able to get them to trade JT and fire the idiot GM. If we played them 8 times a year, maybe Jacobs might have an epiphany and sell the team.


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:20 PM

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I don't think the team's best player should always be the captain -- it's the best leader.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:21 PM

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Who says he's the best player on the Devils? Although he's more or less the best player among those eligible to wear the C :P

Besides RD's point wasn't that being the best player precludes you from being captain, just that it alone doesn't make you captain.

As far as the Flyers I'm not surprised they made Hatcher captain though it's not really ideal when a guy that's been there half a year becomes captain when they have other vets around, I understand why they did it especially with the Hitch connection.

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:23 PM

Who says he's the best player on the Devils? Although he's more or less the best player among those eligible to wear the C :P

Besides RD's point wasn't that being the best player precludes you from being captain, just that it alone doesn't make you captain.


automatically making your best player your captain can really backfire sometimes...

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Hahahaha...long overdue. Now they need to get rid of Jacobs.


The problem is, NJ only plays them 4 times a year. We were only able to get them to trade JT and fire the idiot GM. If we played them 8 times a year, maybe Jacobs might have an epiphany and sell the team.


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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:24 PM

I think some of you guys need some cough medicine.
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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:24 PM

automatically making your best player your captain can really backfire sometimes...

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 10:27 PM

Next season: Sidney Crosby.


I'm surprised they haven't made him captain NOW with Mario's retirement :P

(Do they have one yet or are they going leader-less too...not like anyone really cares anyway they suck with or without a captain :lol:)
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