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In an exclusive interview with Courier-Post beat reporter Chuck Gormley during his vacation with friends in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the 26-year-old center addresses, among other things, his stormy relationship with the media, his feelings about head coach Peter Laviolette and whether or not he wants to remain the Flyers’ captain.

Q: After sitting through the post-season meetings, is there anything that stands out as to what went wrong this season?

A: I don’t know. Now that I have a little bit of time to reflect I think we got away from some of the things that gave us success. At the beginning of the year we had a lot of it and maybe we took for granted a little bit about how hard it is to win hockey games. When you start trying to do just the minimum to get by, instead of doing whatever it takes to win hockey games…

Q: Let’s talk about the captaincy. Some say you’re not the right guy for it. Is the captaincy something you’re comfortable with and is it something you want to keep?

A: Yeah, it’s something I want to keep, for sure. I’ve talked to players about it. If I didn’t think I was the right guy for the job and it would benefit the team to give it back I would do it a hundred percent. But I don’t think that’s the case. I think I’m a good captain. I think we have guys that could be the captain on the team. I mean, Kimmo (Timonen) has done it, Danny Briere has done it. They were on different teams and were good leaders. But I think I’m the right man for the job to tell you the truth….

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