The Toronto Maple Leafs have not had a captain since defenseman Dion Phaneuf was traded to the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 9, 2016. He was captain since the 2010-11 season.
A long time with an appointed leader, fans might say, but Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello isn’t pressured to put a ‘C’ on a jersey.
"That’s what the media and the fans are for. But when the time is right, I’m sure there will be a captain," told Pierre LeBrun in an interview for The Athletic.
"As I’ve said before, I would not be surprised if there was not a captain this year. I stand pat on that. When the time is right, it’ll be there. There’s no timetable to do something. There are a lot of leaders in that room. That’s what it’s all about."
Last season, forwards Tyler Bozak, and Leo Komarov, and defensemen Morgan Rielly and Matt Hunwick were alternate captains.
The young Auston Matthews seems to be a great candidate for the next captain of the team, he who led NHL rookies and the Maple Leafs in goals (40), points (69) and shots on goal (279) in the regular season and won the Calder Trophy given to the NHL rookie of the year.
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