HUNTSVILLE -- The search for a new Maple Leafs captain begins tomorrow night.
On the day the last man to wear the C retires coach Ron Wilson has narrowed down his search for the future captain.
The Leafs coach said Mike Komisarek, Tomas Kaberle and Francois Beauchemin will begin the season as alternates.
Wilson said he'd like any of them to prove themselves worthy of being promoted to captain as soon as November.
"Hopefully by the first of November or so, after I get to know (Komisarek and Beauchemin) better, we will have a decision on who the captain is," Wilson said. "I think out of those three candidates, they all are worthy. We would like to choose from one of them."
The Leafs, of course, went through all last season without a captain.
Wilson also confirmed today that forward Tyler Bozak will not be in the lineup tomorrow.
But the big man is back on the ice.
Prized off season acquisition Mike Komisarek is practising with the Leafs here at Jack Bionda Arena after taking a day off to nurse a sore hamstring.
His absence caused a stir yesterday after relaxing and getting treatment at the team's luxury resort.
The veteran defencemen, signed as a free agent in July, vowed the minor "tweak" wouldn't keep him out of tomorrow's season opener against Montreal, his former team.
The Leafs are wrapping up their three-day retreat in cottage country today.
Coach Ron Wilson and Brian Burke have to trim the roster to 23 plus those on injured reserve by 3 p.m. today.