Kapanen shrugs off Kessel comparisons: 'I don't really care'

Angelo Montilla
September 11 2015 09:11AM

Phil Kessel may be enjoying a more relaxed environment with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but back in Toronto, highly touted prospect Kasperi Kapanen is already starting to feel the heat.

Kapanen, who was the centrepiece coming back to the Leafs in a blockbuster deal that sent Kessel to the Penguins on July 1, is already drawing comparisons to the five-time 30-goal scorer.

“I don’t really care,” the Finnish winger told the Toronto Sun. “It’s one trade amongst others. It happened that I am in a trade with (Kessel). You can’t compare us we are two separate players but it’s always going to be like that.”

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Johnston: Maple Leafs' plan to 'build smart and build slowly' will result in Marner, Nylander playing outside the NHL

Thomas Drance
September 11 2015 07:56AM

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From dampened tracksuits to potentially disastrous predatory offer sheets that failed to account for a pretty important CBA article, Sportsnet reporter Chris Johnston has broken all kinds of colourful, interesting, and controversial stories in his career. 

This month Johnston has got a new sort of challenge though: tour the country and host four live hockey-talk shows in four different cities in four nights. It's called Puck Talks Live and when the cross-Canada portion of the tour is done, there will be another exciting show in Toronto! The event will take place at on Thursday, Sept. 24 and you can buy tickets here!

Anyway we caught up with Chris to talk about why culture matters so much to the Winnipeg Jets, and also about the upcoming Puck Talks Live event.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 11 2015 06:45AM

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The Leafs should not entertain a trade for Stamkos, Lucic to Canucks next summer begins, McDavid chooses his roommate in Edmonton, Sam Bennett to play the middle in Calgary, Penticton rookie tournament rosters announced, fantasy hockey previews, a great scrap between stars and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Sep 11, 2015 - Puck Daddy

Steve Dangle
September 10 2015 11:12PM

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On this episode, Greg Wyshynski, Jen Neale, Sean Leahy, and Josh Cooper of Yahoo Sports join for all things hockey and impressions.

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Mats Sundin Named To Legends Row

Jeff Veillette
September 10 2015 07:10PM

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After weeks of speculation, the Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that Mats Sundin will be the man who graces the seventh statue in Air Canada Centre's "Legends Row".

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