Wednesday, May 31, 2017

{allcanada} Maple Leafs may not have captain again next season


The Toronto Maple Leafs may not have a captain for the second straight season, general manager Lou Lamoriello said Wednesday.

"Right now that isn't something in the forefront," Lamoriello told TSN. "I think that we've had tremendous leadership this year with a lot of the young players and I don't think that right now is something that is on the forefront nor is being considered at this point. ... I would not be surprised if we did not have a captain next year."

Toronto has 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.

Last season, forwards Tyler Bozak, 31, and Leo Komarov, 30, and defensemen Morgan Rielly, 23, and Matt Hunwick, 32, were alternate captains.

The Maple Leafs made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2013, as the second wild card from the Eastern Conference. They lost in six games to the Washington Capitals in the first round.

Center Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, led NHL rookies with 69 points and 40 goals. Toronto had 123 goals scored by rookies, including Matthews and forwards William Nylander (22 goals), Connor Brown (20) and Mitchell Marner (19).

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