Chris Johnston
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Chris Johnston is in his 14th season covering the NHL and fifth for Sportsnet. His career began with The Canadian Press and has covered 10 Stanley Cup finals and two Olympics. He is a frequent contributor to Sportsnet's TV and radio platforms and a regular guest on the "Puck Talks" speaking series.
Leafs' van Riemsdyk soaking up advice ahead of free agency
Chris Johnston
With free agency looming and his future with the Toronto Maple Leafs up in the air, James van Riemsdyk has been tapping into his well of contacts to see what other players have experienced under similar circumstances.
Close loss to Blues an early playoff-type lesson for Maple Leafs
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Maple Leafs haven't been contenders, but there's time to change
Chris Johnston
Nothing about the Toronto Maple Leafs' overall performance to date screams Stanley Cup contender, but we are still nearly three months from the start of the playoffs and five months from crowning a champion.
Dion Phaneuf on uncertain future with Senators: 'Changes happen'
Chris Johnston
In a reflective mood during a quick stop in Toronto this week, Senators defenceman Dion Phaneuf looked back on the past and ahead to the future, understanding that the winds of change are blowing strongly in the nation’s capital right now.
How Team Canada might have looked with NHLers at the Olympics
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Babcock imploring Leafs to remain focused with bye week on horizon
Chris Johnston
This is what the dog days of the season look and feel like. The coaches are paid to squeeze whatever life they can out of their group at a time when no real urgency exists.
Andersen a hard-luck loser as Maple Leafs fumble away victory
Chris Johnston
What hurt the most as the Toronto Maple Leafs fumbled away near-certain victory on Monday is how quickly an Andersen shutout became a 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Dermott on right side highlights a Maple Leafs organizational need
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Auston Matthews likes what he sees in 'natural goal-scorer' Brock Boeser
Chris Johnston
A half season where Brock Boeser took the NHL by storm hasn’t just established a goal-scoring pace that will be tough to maintain in the coming months. That’s a burden former world junior teammate Auston Matthews understands well.