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.
Maple Leafs teenager Rasmus Sandin on cusp of big-league breakthrough
Only the special teenagers claim NHL jobs on the blue-line these days, especially on a team trying to chart a course for the Stanley Cup. And yet, ask those in the Maple Leafs locker room, and it becomes clear: 19-year-old Rasmus Sandin is next.
Birth of son, Marner deal, love-in on The Rock cap Tavares' unforgettable week
This is a week John Tavares will never forget. None of the Toronto Maple Leafs will, come to think of it, not with the way St. John’s and its neighbouring communities have wrapped their arms around the team during the first few days of training camp.
With Marner signed, Maple Leafs' Cup window open until further notice
Toronto once hoped their young stars might take a discount to stay together, but that never materialized. Still, even if the Maple Leafs' Stanley Cup window isn’t as wide as it might have been had that happened, it’s cranked open until further notice.