Sources say that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be naming defenceman Dion Phaneuf as their captain. He’ll be the club’s 17th captain and will be unveiled as the team’s leader sometime next week.
Word around the campfire is that the team will be holding a press conference on Monday where they’ll not only make that announcement but unveil a brand new Maple Leafs sweater.
The team has cycled through alternate captains ever since Mats Sundin didn’t sign with the team again in 2007-2008. Alternate captains last season included Tomas Kaberle, Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin, and Phaneuf, the latter of whom will be entering his sixth season in the National Hockey League.
This will put a lot of pressure on Phaneuf, as being captain is a more than difficult job in and of itself. Being captain in Toronto, however, is a completely different ballgame and he’ll have to be ready for the additional spotlight that will be shone on him. It’ll be a big test, but Brian Burke is doubtlessly confident that his player can do it.
With the possible news that Kaberle could be on his way out (and possibly heading to New Jersey), the news of Phaneuf’s captaincy makes it clear as to who the top blueliner on the team is.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.