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I watched Giroux's interview after the game. The interviewer wanted to talk about how great a game G played. All G talked about was the team and especially Bryz's effort today. I then read Mckenzie's article stating that Giroux should be made captain.

G is young, but i have to agre with Mckenzie It is time to nameClaude captain.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=393937

Even before the season was over there were stories in the Vancouver newspapers that Alain Vigneault had maybe lost the room and that the team needed a new voice.

Well Vancouver has won back-to-back Presidents' Trophies and when I look at this first round loss I don't see a team that quit on their coach. It didn't look as though Vigneault had lost the room. If Daniel Sedin had been in this from start to finish, maybe the result is a little bit different. But full value to the Los Angeles Kings for winning the series, and from the Vancouver Canucks side: I suppose it's possible Vigneault might not be back next year.

There are really three reasons why you get rid of a coach. One is the sense the general manager feels it's time for a change; that the coach has lost the room. The second is you want change for change's sake. There might be an owner, fans or media that says ‘We lost in the first round, we thought we were going to win the Cup, bring us somebody's head.' And the third reason would be if Vigneault senses he's done everything he can and there might be other opportunities he could be interested in – where it's almost a mutual thing – then that's a possibility too.

Mike Gillis will know the temperature of that room better than anybody else, but this doesn't strike me as a 'fire the coach' situation. I'm not saying it won't happen; it just doesn't strike me as a 'fire the coach' situation.

Give Giroux his due

I don't think there's any question that the Philadelphia Flyers are now definitively Claude Giroux's team.

Put the 'C' on his sweater right now.

We don't expect Chris Pronger back anytime soon if at all and Giroux proved in the playoff series win over Pittsburgh why he means so much to the Flyers.

Over the course of the regular season Evgeni Malkin was the best player in the NHL while Giroux was one of the top two or three along with Steven Stamkos. In this series there was no question Giroux was the best player on the ice.

In the big picture of the series 14 points in six games is an unbelievable performance.

But in Game 6 in particular, when things were starting to slide for the Flyers, it was Giroux who on the first shift of the game set the tone. He knocked down Sidney Crosby and scored the goal for the Flyers.

Giroux talked about the pressure before the game and how he wanted to embrace it and he did.

He was the difference maker in so many regards in this series.

Crosby not quite back to old level

Sidney Crosby did have his moments in this series but wasn't always the dominating presence we are used to.

He had the great first period in Game 1 on the goal to start things off. He had the great first period in Game 2 but sustained excellence was difficult to come by.

In Game 3 the wheels came off for him and the Penguins. He got petulant, he got upset and he was unfocused.

He had a good Game 4 but in Game 5 he took that hit from Malkin and almost from that point forward, he really wasn't a noticeable factor in the hockey games.

The situation for Crosby is this: he played just 22 regular season games and his game on a consistent basis wasn't where I'm sure he wanted it to be or where other people hoped it would be.

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I don't understand the "need" to name a new captain. I don't understand the continued need to anoint someone with a letter "for a purpose" when that theory has blown up in the face time and time again.

He is an important part, and undoubtedly one of the best players in the game, but this team is having success because of the play from top to bottom.

But this isn't "Giroux's Team" - it's the Philadelphia Flyers. And I think that's just how Giroux likes it.

And Chris Pronger could - *could* - actually be back next season... (I do not expect this)

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I have another query - when was the last (first?) time McKenzie was, you know, actually right about something?

Ouch. I am still trying to think of an example. It may be awhile.

Giroux, at least yesterday has taken the "C"whether he is actually wears the letter on his sweater,really does not matter. And, as you pointed out, maybe it's best this way.

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I don't understand the "need" to name a new captain. I don't understand the continued need to anoint someone with a letter "for a purpose" when that theory has blown up in the face time and time again.

He is an important part, and undoubtedly one of the best players in the game, but this team is having success because of the play from top to bottom.

But this isn't "Giroux's Team" - it's the Philadelphia Flyers. And I think that's just how Giroux likes it.

And Chris Pronger could - *could* - actually be back next season... (I do not expect this)

I've said it before. I wouldn't put that C on Giroux for all the tea in China. The thing is cursed. And I hope we've seen the last of Pronger. I hope he is able to have a normal life outside of hockey. He was my favorite player outside of the NHL when he played for the Petes.The guy is just too nazi for a young team.

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I wouldn't be surprised if suddenly we hear that Crosby was suffering from mild concussion-like symptoms in Game 5 and 6...he flat out disappeared after getting hammered by Malkin in Game 5...G's big hit in Game 6 didn't help either. The Malkin hit, IMO, was eerily similar to the one Crosby got earlier this season from another teammate, that put him out for quite a awhile; not looking, not expecting hit, and smoked by a teammate....

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I watched Giroux's interview after the game. The interviewer wanted to talk about how great a game G played. All G talked about was the team and especially Bryz's effort today. I then read Mckenzie's article stating that Giroux should be made captain.

G is young, but i have to agre with Mckenzie It is time to nameClaude captain.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=393937

there's no doubt after Game 6 who's team this is..

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