September 11 2015 01:53PM
The Leafs Rookie Tournament is upon us, and it will be the first time for many to catch their first glimpse of Toronto's top prospects and newcomers in action. It's not necessarily a world class competition, but it'll still be hella fun to watch some actual, for real hockey again.
With so many new faces that the Leafs have drafted, signed or traded for, there are an unprecedented number of great storylines to follow heading into this weekend's tournament. In this week's roundtable, we asked our writers which player (or players) they're most excited to see...
September 11 2015 11:00AM
Earlier today, the official Toronto Maple Leafs held a Twitter Q&A with Brendan Shanahan. Users were asked to submit questions with #AskShanny. Brendan did a great job answering a select few questions, but a lot of great questions went unanswered. As Brendan and I are both alpha males and have great abs, I felt like I could show my support of him and the team by answering the best questions that he was too good to answer.
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
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.