Report: Marlies sign Giant Slayer Justin Johnson to AHL Contract

Justin Fisher
July 26 2015 11:45AM

According to Sportsnet's Andrew Walker, the Toronto Marlies have signed Anchorage, Alaska native Justin Johnson to an AHL contract. That means the Leafs' minor league system could get significantly more punchy.

The 34-year old has spent the majority of his career splitting time between the AHL and ECHL, but did enjoy a brief (and memorable) two-game stint in the NHL with the New York Islanders.

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WWYDW: Would you have offered Columbus the fourth pick?

Justin Fisher
July 22 2015 06:34PM

As discovered by PPP a couple days back, it looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs made a pretty serious offer to the Columbus Blue Jackets that involved the fourth overall pick in the 2015 Draft. 

In the '2015 CBJ Draft Table' video released by Jackets TV, Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen mulled over an offer from the Leafs that would see the fourth overall pick swapped for the eighth, 34th, 38th and 58th. 

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Carter Ashton Heading to KHL, Leafs Lose Conditional Pick

Justin Fisher
July 21 2015 07:05AM

A former Leafs player and prospect is on his way to the KHL. From Sports-Express' Igor Eronko...

Why are we talking about Carter Ashton? Well, his new contract has a minor impact on Toronto's 2016 Draft plans. 

The Leafs dealt Ashton and David Broll to the Tampa Bay Lightning back in early February for a conditional seventh round pick in next year's draft. Toronto would get the pick if Ashton played at least 15 games with the Lightning in this upcoming season. Now in Nizhny Novgorod, Ashton won't be playing at all for Tampa Bay, and the condition will not be met. The trade now becomes Ashton and Broll for quite literally nothing in return.

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Monday Mailbag - Justin Steals The Mailbag

Justin Fisher
July 13 2015 07:13PM

TLN's street hockey extraordinaire is still on the road with Five Hole For Food, so I'll be taking over this week's Mailbag over for Jeffler. If you're out west, you should probably go visit him in and the FFHF gang and play some hockey for a great cause. They'll be in Calgary tomorrow, Edmonton on the 15th, Victoria on the 17th, and closing things out in Vancouver on the 18th. Visit the Five Hole For Food site for full details.

Without further ado, here's the Mailbag...

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Leafs Acquire Taylor Beck from Predators

Justin Fisher
July 12 2015 06:27PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a minor and totally nice trade this afternoon with the Nashville Predators, acquiring forward Taylor Beck in exchange for Jamie Devane.

Beck, drafted just two spots behind Devane in the third round of the 2009 Draft, is a 6'2, 207lb right winger from St. Catherines, Ontario. In 62 games with the Predators last season, Beck scored eight goals and 16 points. Drafted out of OHL Guelph, Beck was a former linemate of current Leafs centre Peter Holland.

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