The New Look
Everyone try to act surprised now.
For months, its been clear that not only would Dion Phaneuf be the new captain of the Leafs, he would skate his first game with the "C" wearing new jerseys. Reported all that here some time ago.
Monday, the Leafs will unveil both Phaneuf as captain and the new sweaters, which (hopefully) won't be as drab and non-descript as the current t-shirt numbers. All they've done is lose and lose some more in those babies since they donned them after the lockout, so might as well try some thing different. It'll likely be nothing too dramatic, probably just some piping here and there. A move to the traditional Leaf on the chest would be welcome, but seems unlikely.
Then there's Phaneuf as captain, although those media types in Calgary who covered him there are stunned that he is now regarded as a leader in Toronto. Ron Wilson, however, talked about the impact he had on the dressing room from the moment he landed in the deal with the Flames, so maybe they're seeing something the fine Sutter clan in Cowtown never did.
That the Leafs need a leader is indisputable. Whether Phaneuf is the right guy, well, we'll all apparently have years to discuss that, just as the debate over whether Mats Sundin was a good or bad captain never went away.
It says here if Phaneuf can be three-quarters of the captain Sundin was, the Leafs are making an excellent choice.