Posted by TheHockeyGuy on 1st October 2009
With a team that was destined to be a sinking ship anyway, there probably was no point in naming a Maple Leafs captain a year ago.
That’s all about to change as a new season sets sail tonight at the Air Canada Centre.
On the day the last man to wear a “C” for the Leafs retired, coach Ron Wilson said yesterday that he expects Mats Sundin’s successor to come from a trio of defencemen.
Wilson said Mike Komisarek, Tomas Kaberle and Francois Beauchemin will begin the season as alternates. And if all goes according to plan, one will emerge as worthy to being promoted to captain early in the season.
“Hopefully by the first of November or so, after I get to know (Komisarek and Beauchemin) better, we will have a decision on who the captain is,” Wilson said of the two D-man general manager Brian Burke signed in the off-season.
“I think out of those three candidates, they all are worthy. We would like to choose from one of them.”
Wilson’s comments marked a departure from the stance he and Burke have shared. Both have held to the belief that there is no rush to name a captain given the weight the position tends to carry in a hockey-mad market such as Toronto.
But Wilson has been impressed with the leadership from many of the newcomers as the attitude shifts in the Leafs dressing room.
Click here to read the full article – By Rob Longley of Toronto Sun