At the Letters: Why the Estrada extension makes sense for both sides

Hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith, At the Letters connects Toronto Blue Jays fans with the stories, numbers and characters surrounding the team. Expect new episodes every Wednesday.

In the latest episode, Ben and Arden discuss the Marco Estrada extension, Marcus Stroman’s strong season and Jose Bautista’s lasting legacy in Toronto.

Here’s how the conversation unfolds:

• Arden and Ben discuss Marco Estrada’s extension with the Blue Jays and what it means for the club’s off-season.

• Quietly, Marcus Stroman’s having an exceptional season in the Blue Jays’ rotation.

• As Jose Bautista’s Toronto tenure nears its likely conclusion, Arden and Ben take a look back at Bautista’s legacy as one of the greatest Blue Jays players of all time.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

2017-18 NHL Team Preview: Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens were perhaps busier this off-season than any NHL team located outside the state of Nevada. All teams undergo annual roster turnover yet it felt like every move the Canadiens made this summer had crucial long-term implications.

It began in mid-June when the team sent its top prospect, defenceman Mikhail Sergachev, plus a conditional second-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Quebec native Jonathan Drouin. The Canadiens have sought a top-line centre for years and Drouin might just be the answer if he can develop into that role. It won’t be easy, though, since he has spent much of his pro career on the wing. This move somewhat makes up for the fact Alexander Radulov signed with the Dallas Stars.

On the back end, general manager Marc Bergevin continued his aggressive pursuit of improving his team by making a big splash in free agency. Karl Alzner was among the most coveted players on the open market and he inked a five-year deal with the Habs. If Alzner plays beside Shea Weber that’s a formidable top pairing. If he’s with Jeff Petry or another Montreal blueliner it gives the defence depth they did not have in 2016-17.

The team also brought back Mark Streit as a way to replace modern-day Habs great Andrei Markov. The team and Markov could not come to terms on a new deal and the 38-year-old decided to head back to Russia and join Ak-Bars Kazan in the KHL. Streit could potentially be used as a quarterback on the top power-play unit with Weber.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

2017-18 NHL Team Preview: Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens were perhaps busier this off-season than any NHL team located outside the state of Nevada. All teams undergo annual roster turnover yet it felt like every move the Canadiens made this summer had crucial long-term implications.

It began in mid-June when the team sent its top prospect, defenceman Mikhail Sergachev, plus a conditional second-round pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Quebec native Jonathan Drouin. The Canadiens have sought a top-line centre for years and Drouin might just be the answer if he can develop into that role. It won’t be easy, though, since he has spent much of his pro career on the wing. This move somewhat makes up for the fact Alexander Radulov signed with the Dallas Stars.

On the back end, general manager Marc Bergevin continued his aggressive pursuit of improving his team by making a big splash in free agency. Karl Alzner was among the most coveted players on the open market and he inked a five-year deal with the Habs. If Alzner plays beside Shea Weber that’s a formidable top pairing. If he’s with Jeff Petry or another Montreal blueliner it gives the defence depth they did not have in 2016-17.

The team also brought back Mark Streit as a way to replace modern-day Habs great Andrei Markov. The team and Markov could not come to terms on a new deal and the 38-year-old decided to head back to Russia and join Ak-Bars Kazan in the KHL. Streit could potentially be used as a quarterback on the top power-play unit with Weber.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

Bruins’ Torey Krug out at least three weeks with fractured jaw

Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug is out due a non-displaced fracture in his jaw and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Torey Krug is out & will be re-evaluated in 3 weeks. He was hit in the jaw w/ a puck on Tuesday against DET & has a non-displaced fracture.

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 21, 2017

The incident occurred on Tuesday after he took a puck to the jaw in a pre-season game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The evaluation means that Krug will at least miss the first three games of the regular season which gets underway on Oct. 5 when the Bruins host the Nashville Predators.

In 322 career games, the 26-year-old has 38 goals and 138 assists.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca