Tomas Kaberle Stripped of Alternative Captain

Never one to make waives — Tomas Kaberle, who is the longest serving Toronto Maple Leafs player, did not feel slighted when Coach, Ron Wilson, didn’t make him an alternative captain. Kaberle, who this past summer was rumoured to be on the trading block, is entering his 12th season — all with the Leafs– and in that time has played in 820 games scoring 80 goals and 482 points. “It’s still the same. I still have the same job to do out there,” said Kaberle, who was an alternative captain last year.. “It doesn’t matter if I’ve got the ‘A’ or not. This is the coach’s call and I agreed with it — so it’s fine with me.” A big story making the round this past off-season dealt with Kaberle’s father, Frantisek Sr. He told a Czech hockey paper that he didn’t think his son would play out the entire season with the Leafs, due to a supposed strained relationship with Coach, Ron Wilson. Naturally, Kaberle, who is coming off a 49 point season, denied what his father said. “My Dad watches a lot of games and he can say what he wants,” Kaberle said. “It’s his opinion — but I don’t agree with it.” Wilson named Mike Komisarek and Francois Beauchemin as the assistants. “They’re great leaders in this room and he said if something comes up –I’m the next guy, Kaberle said. “It’s not about who’s wearing the ‘A’ or the ‘C’ in this dressing room –everybody is a leader.”

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