Allow me to preface this slideshow by stating one thing—the Toronto Maple Leafs don't have anyone truly deserving of the team's captaincy at this point.
For a storied organization whose leaders have included Mats Sundin, Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler and George Armstrong over the years, the present incarnation of the team woefully lacks leadership.
While Dion Phaneuf is noted as being a vocal presence in the dressing room and a leader on the ice thanks to his physicality and willingness to mix it up, his risky, erratic play leaves much to be desired.
Traditionally, Maple Leafs captains have been steadying forces with the ability to impose their will on the game.
Phaneuf, while talented, isn't a player who has proven he can take over a game. As the leader of a fledgling Leafs team, his leadership has been questioned at times as well.
That said, he won't be stripped of his captaincy. In fact, he's the best choice considering the lack of leadership the team possesses, in the humble opinion of yours truly.
While debate is nothing new in Leafs Nation, especially when it concerns the leader of their beloved Maple Leafs, here are five players who might be considered for the captaincy, if Phaneuf didn't already have the "C" stitched on his jersey.
Note: This doesn't mean I expect any of these players to become captain at any point, especially if Phaneuf remains a Leaf in the future. While it is possible someone on this list has the captaincy bestowed upon them at a later date, as of right now it's simply a collection of players who would likely be considered if the captaincy were vacant.