November 28: Show In Review
Dave and Jeff O’Neill are joined by James van Riemsdyk to discuss what the Leafs have to do to break their November slump and Sam Mitchell checks in to debate whether the Raptors should focus on winning or the 2014 Draft.
Dave Naylor and Jeff O'Neill discuss the Leafs meltdown in Pittsburgh and are joined by NBA Analyst Sam Mitchell. Hour 1 Audio
4:45 – SAM MITCHELL, NBA Analyst
NBA Analyst Sam Mitchell joined the program to talk about the NBA Season so far. Will LeBron James leave Miami after this season, with a possible return to Cleveland? If he returned to Cleveland and won a title, he could run for Governor of Ohio. If Wade's injury problems and Bosh's struggles continue, the Cavs and their young nucleus could give LeBron a better chance at a title going forward than Miami. Following Jason Kidd's supposed accidental spilling of soda on the court last night to gain his team an extra timeout, did Sam do anything in his coaching career for an extra timeout? Mitchell also discusses the Raptors season, and even though they currently sit atop the Atlantic Division, they can't sustain that standing and should break the team down. The upcoming draft has six or seven prospects that can change a franchise and the Raptors should try to get one of those.
5:00 – BOB MCKENZIE, NHL Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined the program to talk about the controversial Evgeni Malkin goal from last night's game versus Toronto. The goal was not reviewed despite evidence that a review likely would have overturned it. The NHL Hockey Operations Department has asked the GM's specifically on numerous occasions about expanding review to things such as goaltender interference and the answer has always been a resounding 'No'. Despite Marc-Andre Fleury's tantrum after being pulled from the game against Toronto, Pittsburgh will likely go right back to the veteran as he has been strong for most of the season. McKenzie also weighs in on the Buffalo Sabres GM search, stating that Pat Lafontaine will likely examine all young Assistant GM's in the league right now and pick one of them to fill the vacant spot. Ilya Bryzgalov returns to the NHL tonight with his first start of the season for the Oilers, what can we expect from the gregarious Russian? The Hockey Insider sheds some light on the concussion lawsuit launched earlier this week against the NHL, and whether this will trickle down to Junior Hockey.
5:30 – DARREN ROVELL, ESPN Sports Business Reporter
ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell joined the program to talk about the net worth of the teams in the NHL. The Columbus Blue Jackets are worth 15 percent of what the Toronto Maple Leafs are worth and this type of difference in value is specific to the NHL and doesn't exist in the NFL. That just shows how much the NHL is a local-revenue based league. There is no ceiling to what broadcasters will pay for live sports. Unlike other television programming which many people are watching On-Demand or TIVO, Sports is best watched live. This presents the best advertising opportunities for corporations, and the amount of money spent by Rogers on the new NHL deal in Canada shows that the NHL should be focused on having more franchises in Canada. Rovell also discussed what Derrick Rose's latest knee injury means for the Bulls and Adidas, who signed him to a 13yr/$180 million contract. In the NBA the top five salaried players on each NBA team are insured. If they sustain an injury that keeps them out at least 41 games, then the team receives an 80 percent insurance payout for the remaining games. Over the past two seasons in which Derrick Rose has been paid $34 million by the Bulls, they have received just over $11 million in insurance payout.
6:00 – DECLAN HILL, Investigative Journalist and Match Fixing Expert
Declan Hill, journalist, academic and consultant chats with Dave Naylor and Jeff O’Neil about match-fixing. Hill believes that corruption has become globalized over the past 10 years where it is now worth a match-fixer’s time to travel the world and make alliances with local runners or former athletes at a variety of levels. Hill indicates that there have been allegations where teams have been involved with fixing games and corruption is now becoming a business strategy. In some cases teams will try to win 30 out of 40 games and purposely lose 10 games while betting against themselves because they can make more money. He also suggests that spot fixing can occur where a strong team might lose the first half to a weaker team by a couple of goals and then come back to win the game, allowing match-fixers to make 20-30 times their bet.
6:15 – DARREN DREGER, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to talk about the state of the Toronto Maple Leafs following last night's loss to the Penguins. Despite some obvious bad calls against Toronto, complaining about the officials is like complaining about injuries, every team has to deal with them. The bigger issue is that the club is clearly not getting the message that Carlyle is attempting to get across. What has happened to Jake Gardiner, and what is his future with the club? It's unlikely that Dave Nonis will let the asset that is Jake Gardiner sit in the press box for long, so expect him to either play or be moved going forward. Dreger also delves into another young defenseman who is struggling in Jared Cowan with the Senators. The Sens will likely be patient with Cowan, but this could be another example of a club regretting locking a young player up long-term.
6:30 – JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK, Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs forward James Van Riemsdyk talks with Dave Naylor and Jeff O’Neil. Van Riemsdyk addresses why the Leafs have been getting outshot and how the teams style of play has allowed them to stay in and win their share of games. He believes the team has some things that they can work on but doesn’t think anyone is pushing the panic button after allowing 11 goals in their past two games.
6:45 – TREVOR WHIFFEN, Rick Vaive's Lawyer
Trevor Whiffen, Legal Representation for Rick Vaive, joined the program to discuss Vaive's withdrawl from the current lawsuit levied at the NHL by a group of former players. Vaive originally had his name included in the suit, but thought it was a worker's compensation suit. After reviewing the entire 47 pages of the lawsuit with Whiffen, Vaive was astonished at some of the allegations in the suit and immediately withdrew his name. It's a case of Fradulent Misrepresentation and Vaive will not continue with his name on the suit.
Tomorrow: Bill Hayes hosting, Steve Simmons co-host, Football Friday with Chris Schultz and Jesse Palmer, Tom Dimitroff, Atlanta Falcons
November 27: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Bob McKenzie to chat about the trade rumours involving Evander Kane, and Jack Armstrong checks in to discuss the late-game decisions made by Dwane Casey and Rudy Gay and the direction Masai Ujiri should take the team moving forward.
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by Mel Owens, Lawyer Representing Former Players in a Suit vs the NHL and Paul Steigerwald, Root Sports, The Voice of the Penguins.
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by NFL Business Analyst and Contributor to MMQB Andrew Brandt, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and Toronto Star Columnist and Baseball Hall of Fame Voter Richard Griffin.
4:15 – Mel Owens, Lawyer Representing Former Players in a Suit vs the NHL
Owens feels that a lot of the guys he's representing were in the dark when it came to workmen compensation from the NHL. Mel said that he was only an attorney in the NFL lawsuit he wasn't a plaintiff but he monitored it very closely. Mel says that the NHL and NFL don't want nothing to do with the players after their done playing and feels that's wrong. Mel isn't saying that all these guys are "bed riddin" but they have disabilities. Mel says that there are three basic questions in this lawsuit, what did you know, when did you know and what did you share with the players.
4:35 – Paul Steigerwald, Root Sports, The Voice of the Penguins
Paul Steigerwald said that the Penguins need more role players and depth because they've been juggling a lot of players in and out of those positions. Paul says that Malkin isn't shooting the puck or going to the net enough and feels he needs to be more hungry to score goals, but also thinks he's been the best player in the NHL the in the past ten days. Paul feels that Crosby is due for a 4-5 point game very soon.
5:00 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger reported that the Olympic roster deadline has been pushed back a week to January 7th because some European countries need more time to evaluate their rosters. Dreger says that Gardiner will be a healthy scratch tonight vs Pittsburgh. Dreger feels that in today's NHL Presidents want to have more of a say in hockey operations.
5:15 – Jack Armstrong, TSN NBA and NCAA Analyst
Jack Armstrong discussed last night's Raptors loss to the Nets. Jack feels that we might not see a direction with the raptors till the new year but feels Masai will trust his gut even if their winning. Jack isn't sure if Kobe's contract is just a life time achievement or a contract to help the team contend for championships.
5:30 – Tim Graham, The Buffalo News
Tim Graham says that most people in Buffalo dismiss the news of having Bon Jovi own the Bills. Tim said that Bon Jovi has a relationship with Robert Kraft a very influential person who may convince the owners that Bon Jovi is a good owner. Tim said that the money is in Toronto not in Western New York but says the only thing keeping them there is their stadium. Graham feels that the Bills will be ready to go this Sunday because they know that the Falcons are coming off a spirited loss to a division opponent.
6:00 – Andrew Brandt, NFL Business Analyst and Contributor to MMQB
Brandt says that the Leiweke name is familiar in the NFL because his brother worked for the Seahawks and added that the NFL like familiarity. Brandt feels that corporate ownership will eventually change in the NFL because NFL teams are getting to expensive to own. Brandt discussed Jay Cutler's contract situation saying that he will probably get a franchise tag and be signed for another year because of his injuries. Brandt also talked about the NHL concussion lawsuit and how it compares to the NFL concussion lawsuit.
6:15 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
McKenzie feels that says that you need to find the right suitor if your going to trade Martin Brodeur. McKenzie says that Bergevin is really trying to make deals but doesn't want to trade any of his young core players. McKenzie feels that Evander Kane isn't getting along with his coach that's why his name is out there in the trade market.
6:30 – Richard Griffin, Toronto Star Columnist and Baseball Hall of Fame Voter
Griffin said that there should be more emphasis put on players and the position they played. Griffin says that there are clause included in the voting that deal with personal conduct but feels that type of stuff can be looked over. Griffin feels that Anthopoulos needs to do something very soon because it's a fast moving market.
Tomorrow: Declan Hill, Author, Darren Rovell, ESPN
November 26: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by TSN President Stewart Johnston to discuss the NHL’s new TV deal, Richard Peddie checks in to discuss the viability of an NFL team in Toronto and Darren Dreger stops by to chat about whether Dave Nonis is looking to make a move to shake things up for the struggling Leafs.
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.
4:00 – Stewart Johnston – President TSN
Stewart joined the show off the top to discuss today’s big announcement from the NHL and the feeling of disappointment among everyone at TSN who worked hard to get a deal done with the league. Stewart made it clear with the viewers that TSN is still going to remain passionate about hockey and continue to broadcast it on a regional level, and also expressed plans to aggressively pursue other regional television rights when they become available.
4:30 – Jeffrey Orridge – Executive Director, CBC Sports
Jeffrey joins TSN Drive to discuss the impact today’s deal will have on the national broadcaster, and says that without the help from Rogers, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada wouldn’t have been able to do this alone. Orridge is confident that the Leafs and other premier Canadian teams will be appearing regularly on HNIC and CBC and called today a national evolution in sports not only in Canada but all around the world.
5:00 – Bob Mckenzie – TSN Hockey Insider
Bob McKenzie said that today’s news was disappointing but they will continue to find ways to make TSN the best sports broadcasters in the country. McKenzie says that sustainability in the NHL today is almost non-existent. Bob feels that the Blues are a grittier team then the Blackhawks but is not sure if they can score as many goals as them.
5:15 – Steve Silverman – Attorney representing former NHL players
Steve is representing the ten former NHL players in their class-action lawsuit against the NHL, and joins the show to discuss the case and how it came about. Steve talks about the many NHL players who can’t perform daily activities like read the paper after their playing career, and his conversations with some who have been literally balling on the phone because their lives have changed so drastically after retiring. Steve also reported that the NHLPA is not a part of this investigation at all, and claims that this lawsuit was in the works long before the NFL suit was filed back in 2011.
5:30 – Richard Peddie – Former CEO of MLSE
The former head of MLSE discusses the rumors of Jon Bon Jovi preparing a bid for the Buffalo Bills, and admits that he’s heard rumblings of Bon Jovi joining MLSE before. Peddie feels that Tim Leiweke joined MLSE to win and not to own an NFL team. Richard also discusses some of the potential costs involved, and estimated it would take about $1.6 Billion for the construction and birth of an NFL team in Toronto. Richard also addressed the class-action lawsuit from former NHLers and takes exception to the fact that the NHLPA isn’t involved in the suit, despite the fact that they’ve been very involved in rule changes in regards to player safety over the years.
6:15 – Darren Dreger – TSN Hockey Insider
Darren joins the show with the latest around the league, and chats about last night’s embarrassing Leafs loss to Columbus and Dave Nonis’ unhappiness with the lazy way the team is playing as of late. Darren also discusses John Torotella being criticized for riding players too hard on a team that lacks the depth to support that coaching style, Dion Phaneuf’s ongoing contract negotiations with the Maple Leafs, and the possibility of the NHL expanding to more than 30 teams.
November 25: Show In Review
Dave and Darrel Davis are joined by Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger to discuss Steven Stamkos’ injury recovery and the concussion lawsuit filed against the NHL, and Bruce Arthur checks in to break down the rumours of a Bon Jovi/MLSE partnership.
Dave Naylor and Darrel Davis are joined by Bruce Arthur of The National Post.
4:30 - Jonas Siegel - TSN Leafs Reporter
Siegel feels the Leafs gave big money to Bozak and Kessel because they really liked the chemistry between them and it ultimately lead to them buying out Grabovski because he couldn't find chemistry with them. Siegel says Bozak criticism is granted because he doesn't put up the same numbers as most number one centres but he knows where Phil Kessel likes the puck and is good in his own zone, Siegel compared it to a Quarterback and a wide receiver. Siegel told us that Reimer will start tonight making it the first time he made back-to-back in a month.
5:00 - Bob McKenzie - TSN Hockey Insider
McKenzie says it's encouraging seeing Stamkos with no boot or crutches but still thinks hell be out at least 3 months. McKenzie says that Adam Oates flat out doesn't like Martin Erat and that's why he wants out of Washington so bad. McKenzie feels that the Hawks are such a good team because if you give them ten seconds of light they can make you pay. McKenzie thinks that Ryan Murray probably would have been a better fit in Edmonton than Yakupov and even said that most of the scouts wanted Murray over Yakupov.
5:30 - Herm Edwards - ESPN NFL Analyst
Herm Edwards wasn't surprised about the Patriots decision not to take the ball first in overtime. Edwards feels that the Colts fall in love with their quarterback to much and feels that they need to overhaul there defense in the next couple of years to win a Super Bowl. Herm broke down the playoff picture in the NFC and AFC saying that it gets kind of funny with Pittsburgh and San Diego coming on strong. Edwards feels that the Rams are playing much better but doesn't see them getting in to the playoffs.
5:45 - Eric Macramalla - TSN Legal Analyst
Eric isn't surprised about the lawsuit put towards the NHL and even says that the NHL was preparing for this for some time now. Eric says that the players are angry because they believe the NHL concealed information about there concussions and believes that this committee will definitely grow. Eric believes that some of the lawyers that worked on the NFL concussion lawsuit will also join these NHL players in there battle.
6:15 - Darren Dreger - TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger says that this lawsuit is not unexpected and says that there are multiple layers to this story and possibly even multiple lawsuits. Dreger defines it as a different era and tells a story about when he interviewed an unnamed player that got concussed and actually had no idea when his next game was. Dreger reported that Bozak is good to go but the medical staff told him to wait a couple more days. Dreger says that Peter Holland will battle with the rest of the Leafs depth centre man when they get healthy.
6:30 - Bruce Arthur - National Post
Bruce Arthur talked about Rider nation and how it feels to go watch a CFL game in Regina. Bruce Arthur talked about the Bon Jovi and MLSE partnerships calling them a group of vultures waiting for Ralph Wilson to die. Arthur says the plan for MLSE is to be to buy the Toronto Argos move them to BMO field and will become a small part of a very big budget. Bruce Arthur says that owning the Argos is a prerequisite to owning an NFL team in Toronto. He says that the lawsuit towards the NHL filed by former players can be the beginning of the end for fighting.
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