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30-38-14 (15th in East)
RW Colby Armstrong, LW Clarke MacArthur, LW Kris Versteeg
D Garnet Exelby, C Wayne Primeau, LW Viktor Stalberg
WHEN DION PHANEUF became the 18th captain of the Maple Leafs in June, he gushed about the history of the Original Six franchise. Of course, the sinking of the Lusitania also falls under the extremely broad category of history.
In 1967, the last time Toronto won a Stanley Cup, Canada was barely out of the black-and-white TV era. Under G.M. Brian Burke, the Leafs, in the midst of their black-and-blue era, continue to painstakingly rebuild. Phaneuf, who came over in a trade with Calgary last January, has nevertheless declared that anything less than a playoff berth next spring is "unacceptable"—a statement without consequence in hockey-besotted Toronto, where his comments have, of course, dominated headlines. "He's an assertive person," says coach Ron Wilson. "He's not afraid of the pressure that comes with being captain of the Leafs, which is a significant position."