|Longtime Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle won't be getting his 'A' back this season. (Michael Peake/QMI AGENCY)
TORONTO - There is no “A” in Kaberle — at least on the front of his Maple Leafs sweater this season.
Leafs coach Ron Wilson has decided to go with two alternate captains this season leaving defenceman Tomas Kaberle — a long time alternate with the team — out of the mix.
Wilson said it was no slight on Kaberle — the subject of trade rumours throughout the off-season — but instead a decision to stick with two alternates. To that end, Wilson said on Tuesday that he has decided on two other defencemen, Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin.
“I decided on those two guys period, and have just two alternates,” Wilson said on Tuesday.
Komisarek had been touted as potential captain material prior to getting injured last season and is regularly lauded by Wilson and general manager Brian Burke for the leadership he brings. Though quieter, Beauchemin has been a steady influence both on the blue line and in the dressing room.