Want to argue about something which really boils down to a piece of cloth on a jersey?
Want to see us argue about who the Leafs captain should be?
I honestly don’t think we need a captain. Why force it? We haven’t had a captain and we have been doing really well.
Eventually, I see Matthews as the captain. This is still his team. But maybe you give captaincy to Rielly and the two A’s to Tavares and Matthews?
Next season though we should just stick without a captain. Why change a winning formula?
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s more likely Tavares than Matthews. Tavares has that experience already and everything I’ve heard suggests he’s capable of the task. With that said, some people will argue that it’s Matthews’ team and it’s his job to lose. I don’t believe Tavares wearing the C prevents Matthews from ever doing the same. Matthews will be 28 when Tavares’ contract expires, and Tavares turns 28 in late September. If Matthews isn’t ready now, he should be perfectly capable of wearing the C once Tavares leaves. Knowing this, I guess the answer doesn’t have to be one or the other for eternity. Why not both?
I’m in favour of giving Rielly the C. He was the one who had to endure the tank years, so I’d argue this is more his team than Matthews. He’s already had the A, so Babs looks at him as a leader, and it avoids an answer to the question of whose team this is, Matthews or Tavares
Auston Matthews should, and will, be captain
If I’m being real… why would Tavares be the captain? He may have been in the league for like ten years or whatever, but last time I checked, he has zero years of being a Leaf. So both Auston and Mo have him beat there. I’m on the Auston for captain train. Why on earth would you give it to anyone else? Doesn’t matter if it’s this year or next year, but this is Auston’s team. Auston with the C, Rielly and Tavares with the A’s. If you want more alternates, Jake Gardiner is right there too.