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Captain Claude

Claude Giroux has officially been promoted. The fifth-year pro and Hart Trophy hopeful was named the 19th captain in Philadelphia Flyers history (and 18th man to hold the post) on Tuesday. Giroux takes over the captaincy from Chris Pronger, who remains unofficially retired and will likely spend the rest of his career on the LTIR, where he cannot be bought out using a compliance buyout. “Claude is the undisputed leader of this team,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said in making the announcement.  “He always exhibits a tremendous work ethic in games and practices.  He is a great professional both on …