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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Cody Franson signs with Buffalo; How Does That Make You Feel?

Justin Fisher
September 10 2015 06:41PM

Finally, one of the best free agent defencemen available this offseason has found a home. A horrible, horrible home. But a home nonetheless.

The Buffalo Sabres have officially signed former Leafs defenceman Cody Franson to a two-year contract that carries an annual cap hit of $3.325M. Franson spent the past four seasons in Toronto before being dealt to the Nashville Predators, the team that Franson broke into the NHL with, at the trade deadline with Matthew Lombardi.

In return, Toronto received prospect Brendan Leipsic, Olli Jokinen (who was flipped to the St. Louis Blues), and a 2015 first round pick (which was flipped a couple times for more picks).

Franson's arrival in Buffalo is really interesting for a couple reasons, but mostly because of the cash (or lackthereof). For a defenceman of Franson's ilk - not the fleetest of foot, but a 6'5, right-handed shot with a healthy amount of offensive skill - $3.3M per year is a very reasonable price tag.

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