Leafs' Armstrong honoured by A

DAN ILIKA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:07 PM ET

TORONTO - ‘A’ is for Armstrong, as Leafs veteran Colby Armstrong was once again named alternate captain for Toronto.

“(It’s) obviously a huge honour here in Toronto with the history,” Armstrong said. “It’s pretty crazy to get to put on a Leafs jersey every day, it’s still crazy to me, but to be looked upon to wear a letter here is a huge honour.”

Armstrong, who missed the four games before the contest on Tuesday because of an eye injury, will don the ‘A’ once again for a team that is looking for leadership.

“He’s been in the league for awhile, he’s got leadership qualities we like and he brings an attitude to the game that rubs off on other people on our team,” Toronto head coach Ron Wilson said.

Armstrong has been hampered by the injury bug this year, appearing in only 39 games for the Leafs.

Defenceman Luke Schenn was alternate captain for the team for one game in Armstrong’s absence after former alternate captain Tomas Kaberle was traded to the Boston Bruins.

NOT UNTOUCHABLE

With the trade window closing, Leafs general manager Brian Burke has made it known that there are still moves to be made.

And with pending free agent Clarke MacArthur still unsigned, he may be next to go.

“I love the way Clarke has played but at the end of the day ... my opinion gets trumped by the business of the sport,” Wilson said. “Hopefully things can work out for Clarke.”

MacArthur, who was signed as a free agent prior to the season, has had a strong season for the Leafs both on and off the ice.

“I think he’s been a big part of our team,” Armstrong said of MacArthur.

“Great in the room, works his butt off in practice and (it) carries over to games for us. He’s a definite leader for us and obviously with the season he’s having and ... the chemistry he’s had with a bunch of guys ... it’d be nice to see him back for sure.”

MacArthur scored his 18th goal of the season last night. He also has 28 assists in 60 games for Toronto this season.

LOOSE LEAFS

Armstrong leads all Toronto players in career points (20) and assists (13) against the Islanders ... Phil Kessel leads the Leafs in career goals against the Islanders, recording his ninth in the third period last night ... The Leafs are one of six teams the league to boast three 20-plus goal scorers this season.


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