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Leafs changing jersey; naming Phaneuf captain

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Only because 16 of 20 teams made the playoffs.

Exactly. It's the same reason Detroit made the playoffs most of the 80s.

As for Phaneuf wearing the C? It seems like a bad move to me, but honestly I don't have a lot of solid info to back it up. Just seems like not the best choice, but I know they're trying to get a fresh start there.

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I may be in the minority here, but I think this is a good move by the Leafs. Kaberle would have been the first option, but his contract is up next year and even if he doesn't get traded this off-season, he likely will not re-sign in Toronto, and aside from Kessel, there are not really any players who have name recognition on the Leafs, and Phaneuf is young and under contract for 4 more years, that makes him as good a candidate for captain as they have. I don't know about the whole locker room cancer label he has gotten, unless people are referring to the pics of him chain-smoking in the Calgary locker room :hehe:

He may not be as good a player as his hype suggests, but I think this is a good move for the Leafs from a marketing and financial standpoint, the hockey aspect remains to be seen.

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I always thought my boy Aki Berg was being groomed for Leaf captaincy, but sadly, they released him several years ago amidst rumors of subpar play.

Seriously :D

You have obviously studied Finnish hockey or something like that. How else you'd know legendary players like Aki Berg and Lasse Kukkonen.

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Seriously :D

You have obviously studied Finnish hockey or something like that. How else you'd know legendary players like Aki Berg and Lasse Kukkonen.

Well, I know Aki Berg has been the butt end of Leafs fans jokes for years. That guy was a wonder to watch, especially when he fought. I know Kukkonen because I like the way his name sounds.

I'm actually becoming quite an expert on Finnish culture ever since I started watching Kaurismaki's movies. I may come visit you sometime. :D You and Mindfly on my Scandinavian voyage.

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I don't know how ppl can say this is a bad move. The leafs have been captainless ever since Sundin left and it seems like there is absolutely noone taking leadership in that room.

Phaneuf is a young guy who has a norris nomination to his name, will lay his body on the line to win, sticks up for his teammates, and has the potential to be one of the better defenseman of his era.

He might be overhyped, but he is still a good player, people on this site refuse to acknowledge that for some reason because they don't like him. Noone knows how he is in the room so maybe he is a leader in the room as well.

Good choice by the leafs to finally name a captain.

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I don't know how ppl can say this is a bad move. The leafs have been captainless ever since Sundin left and it seems like there is absolutely noone taking leadership in that room.

Phaneuf is a young guy who has a norris nomination to his name, will lay his body on the line to win, sticks up for his teammates, and has the potential to be one of the better defenseman of his era.

He might be overhyped, but he is still a good player, people on this site refuse to acknowledge that for some reason because they don't like him. Noone knows how he is in the room so maybe he is a leader in the room as well.

Good choice by the leafs to finally name a captain.

But is he really the guy you want dealing with the scrutiny of the Toronto media? He doesn't strike me as particularly intelligent or articulate, and can appear uncomfortable in interviews.

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IMHO the new Leaf sweaters look great...Since Fathers Day is right around the corner :rolleyes:

As for Dion not being the most comfortable in front of a room full of people - I kinda remember a fella with the initials S.Y. who kinda came across akward as well...What matters most is in the locker room, and on the ice.

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IMHO the new Leaf sweaters look great...Since Fathers Day is right around the corner :rolleyes:

As for Dion not being the most comfortable in front of a room full of people - I kinda remember a fella with the initials S.Y. who kinda came across akward as well...What matters most is in the locker room, and on the ice.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that you need to be eloquent etc. to be a good leader - I was just raising the issue that he doesn't always seem comfortable in interviews, but will be the centre of huge media attention. It will be interesting to see how he reacts.

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Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that you need to be eloquent etc. to be a good leader - I was just raising the issue that he doesn't always seem comfortable in interviews, but will be the centre of huge media attention. It will be interesting to see how he reacts.

I hear ya - regardless how he plays the media in T.O. is relentless when it comes to the Leafs.

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So I heard on the radio today Burke thinks the Leafs can be contending for a Cup in 5 years... Realistically it's more like contending for a playoff spot in 5 years.

Burke is turning into one of those people, who when they talk, I just tune them out. He's full of it!

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Didn't take him too long to prove himself in Anaheim..

Yea but the team was in place, all he had to do was make a few moves. He's starting from scratch in Toronto, and already pissed away two 1st round draft picks.

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