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.
Maple Leafs at crossroads as Zach Hyman nears exit
Chris Johnston
With Zach Hyman inching closer to a departure from the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team faces an impasse as they try to replace one of their integral pieces over the last six seasons.
In an era where cap space is king, Kraken draft with the long game in mind
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Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft: 10 most intriguing players left unprotected
Chris Johnston
Decisions loom large for Ron Francis and the Kraken. Here’s a look at the 10 most intriguing players left unprotected for the Seattle expansion draft.
Forged by disappointment, Lightning ride out every storm to win Stanley Cup
Chris Johnston
Whether it was Hurricane Elsa, a do-or-die Game 7 in the third round or a magical run by the Montreal Canadiens, nothing could knock the Tampa Bay Lightning off course in their pursuit of a second-straight Stanley Cup.
Kucherov, Vasilevskiy just two of Lightning's many Conn Smythe candidates
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Lightning's championship plans put on hold by determined Canadiens
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The Lightning played like a team trying to walk with legends. And they came up against a determined opponent that found a way through their attack. Now they head home with a chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champions on home ice.
Facing cap crunch, Lightning using 'Last Dance' mentality in bid to repeat
Chris Johnston
The Lightning are set to lose one player in the Seattle expansion draft process later this month and they’ll be challenged to retain their UFAs amid a cap crunch. Discomforting as that reality may be, it’s also been a source of motivation for a Lightning team trying to repeat.
Tyler Johnson gives Lightning apt parting gift amid uncertain future
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Lightning simply too much for Canadiens to handle with Cup repeat on horizon
Chris Johnston
The Lightning have been too much for the Canadiens to handle through three games of this championship series, capitalizing on some early errors Friday and keeping the pedal to the floor during a 6-3 Game 3 victory.