Two bits of good news coming tomorrow for the Maple Leafs: first, the
Leafs will be announcing and unveiling a new team sweater, because we
all know those traditional Leafs jerseys need an updating. Then the team
is expected to announce Dion Phaneuf as the new team captain, the
team’s first since Mats Sundin in 2008.
Phaneuf was traded to the
Leafs from the Calgary Flames in a move that was supposed to gear up the
Flames for a playoff run, but instead seemingly set the team back even
further. While some may say the Leafs gave up too much to acquire
Phaneuf, he is exactly the cornerstone player this team has been needing
as Brian Burke rebuilds the franchise.
There were sometimes
questions about his leadership ability in Calgary, but now the pressure
is all on Phaneuf to be the stablizing force on a very young team. He’s
just 25 years old and if he can grow into this position, he’s poised to
be the captain on the Leafs for a very long time.