GM will not rush to name captain
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[September 06, 2018]
The Toronto Maple Leafs approach
training camp with one of their deepest rosters in years -- but no
That fact likely will not change anytime soon, Toronto general
manager Kyle Dubas told TSN on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs have not
had a team captain since trading Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators
on Feb. 9, 2016, and they are unlikely to name one before the start
of this season.
"Not from the outset, I think," Dubas told the network. "It's a very
important honor to be the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs or any
team that has a strong history."
If and when Dubas changes his mind, he has several strong candidates
from which to select.
Center Auston Matthews has emerged as a superstar after only two NHL
seasons. He is 20 years old but has gained the respect of players
across the league by recording 132 points (74 goals, 58 assists) in
his first 144 games. The California native was the No. 1 overall
pick in 2016.
Meanwhile, center John Tavares is a natural leader who signed with
the Maple Leafs after spending his first nine seasons with the New
York Islanders. The 27-year-old tallied 621 points (272 goals, 349
assists) in 669 games. He grew up in Ontario and figures to be a
quick fan favorite in Toronto.
Others in play include veterans Patrick Marleau, a 38-year-old with
1,575 career games on his resume, and blue-liner Ron Hainsey, a
37-year-old who is 13 contests shy of the 1,000-game milestone.
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Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas announces the number
twenty-nine overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at
American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY
"The way I look at it is, I want to get into it day to day with
these people and see who's best suited to handle that if we do
determine that we need somebody to handle that," Dubas said. "If we
feel we have a void in leadership because we don't have a formal
captain, then it's something that I think we can address. But I do
think we have excellent leadership in the room. ... It's a very
important decision and not one that I think can be rushed
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