May 14, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT
“I don’t know if that’s a solution,” Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan told the Toronto Star. “I think it’s a cop-out, to a certain degree an easy way out.”
In the wake of Toronto’s regular-season collapse, stripping Phaneuf of the captaincy is an idea that’s been floated in the mainstream media and debated by bloggers. It’s been done before by NHL teams, like when the Dallas Stars took the ‘C’ from Mike Modano and gave it to Brenden Morrow. It happened to Patrick Marleau in San Jose, too.
And for a team like Toronto, one that was accused of complacency by one of its now-former assistant coaches, there’s a “wake-up call”-type argument to be made by those who favor doing the same to Phaneuf.
Doesn’t sound like Shanahan is buying that argument though.
“I’ve heard too many times in my life, talking about leadership, this team can’t succeed with this leadership group,” he said. “Until they do.”
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