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Sources: Leafs expected to name Phaneuf captain on Monday

TSN.ca Staff

6/11/2010 3:37:49 PM

Sources tell TSN that the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to name Dion Phaneuf as the club's 17th captain next week.

The team is holding a press conference on Monday, where the club says it will make an announcement and unveil a new Maple Leafs sweater.

Toronto has been without a captain since Mats Sundin did not re-sign with the team after the 2007-08 season. The club also went without a captain for three seasons between 1986 and 1989.

Last season, Tomas Kaberle, Mike Komisarek, Francois Beauchemin, and Phaneuf were each alternate captains for the Maple Leafs.

Phaneuf, 25, was traded to Toronto in a blockbuster, eight-player trade on Jan. 31. He played a total of 81 games last season between the Leafs and the Calgary Flames, and tallied 12 goals and 20 assists.

He will be entering his sixth NHL season.