Kaberle the Kapitan?

Can you picture Leafs PA announcer Andy Frost saying, “Captain of your Toronto Maple Leafs, TOMAS KABERLE!”

Sounds a little weird to me, how about you? I guess I’m still in Sundin mode.

As weird as it sounds, Kaberle is the best choice on the team for Captain. I wouldn’t have even hinted at the thought last year, or any year prior to this. I was one of the many rooting for him to be traded, but for whatever reason he seems to have grown into a more mature player, which isn’t hard to do on a team so young.

At 31, Kaberle is still in his prime and his stats show it. He’s the team leader with with 30 points (2G, 28A) which is setting up to be a career year for him if he manages to stay healthy. There’s also just something intangible about what he’s bringing to his game that’s actually making me like him as a player again.

The only other option I could see as a choice would be Nik Hagman, 30, who is a hardworking beast and 2nd on the team in scoring (30 points). I really wished to see Matt Stajan, almost 26, grow into the role, and down the road he still may, but right now I don’t see that happening. (Coincidentally all three players are top 3 in Leafs scoring, but don’t think that’s the reason I’m mentioning them.)

The question I ask is why SHOULDN’T Kaberle be the new Leafs captain? And if you don’t think he’s a good choice, who should the Leafs name? Or should they keep things the way they are and have a bunch of Alternates?

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2 Responses to Kaberle the Kapitan?

  1. Margo says:

    Wholeheartedly… disagree.

    Francois Beauchemin is not only already on the captaincy fasttrack, but he’s the only one on the team worthy of the letter at the moment.

    Kabby, for all his time in Toronto and what he means to Leafs fans, doesn’t have the captain gene- especially not in a market like Toronto. He’s too nice. While that sounds silly, a captain needs to stand up for the team, but can’t be afraid to stand up TO the team, and Kabby hasn’t once proven he has the balls to do that.

  2. Sean Bailey says:

    Sorry for the delay Margo!

    For me how a player does on the ice is also a big factor; not the greatest, but an important one. I’m not a big fan of Beauchemin in the regular season so far. In the preseason he was doing very well; not sure what happened. And as much as I’m not a fan of Grabovsky I don’t think getting into a fight with him during practice does a lot for his Captaincy points in my books. A captain would have a cooler head in that situation. I understand sometimes people get heated but if you’re a supposed leader than you don’t need to do that stuff.

    Also I don’t believe a first year player on the team should be the captain. If Hagman was on the team a little longer I may be saying he should be the captain, but he’s only been with Toronto for 2 seasons now; and that barely even cuts it for me.

    There’s nothing wrong with leading by example. Not all captains are vocal leaders. Maybe other players on the team can play that role, but that doesn’ t make them captain material, necessarily.

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