Mats Sundin will most likely not return to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2008-2009 season.
Leaf Nation are baffled by the fact that the Leafs will have to get a new captain. Many say that there is no one on the club that could fill Sundin shoes... but I beg to differ. One of the most unsung hero defensemen of all-time is Tomas Kaberle.
What would stop the Leafs' management from anointing him the captain right now? Let's just consider the facts...Shall we?
Kaberle was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leaf organization. He is currently 19th in Maple Leafs all-time scoring history with 402 points. He is just at the right age of 30, not too young and not too old. Every team in the NHL would jump at the chance to sign him, but he chooses to stick with Toronto.
BUT one of the biggest things I am most impressed with is...for the first time in a long time, we had a player that won a challenge in the skill competition at the All-Star Game. YES! It's true!
The Leafs have a player that not only showed up to the competition with the world's greatest hockey players, but actually did something there.
Tomas Kaberle is always going under the radar. He should be recognized for the hockey talent he is. The other choices for "captain" on the team now are: Jason Blake (who has a hard time getting along with his team), Brian McCabe (who will likely not be a Leaf for much longer), or Nik Antropov (who has had only one good season).
Tomas has been a big part of the Leafs and should be rewarded for his effort. One way to reward Tomas Kaberle for the years he has given to the Maple Leaf organization would be giving him the "C."
Who else would you give it to?