May 23: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan and Jeff along with Jonas Siegel break down the Habs Game 3 win and debate the length of the suspensions expected to be handed down to Dan Carcillo and Brandon Prust.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 1 of Leafs Lunch. From New York, Jamie McLennan broke down GM 3 of Habs-Rangers & previewed Sunday's GM 4. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 2 of Leafs Lunch. Ray Ferraro discusses Derek Stepan's injury. Colby Armstrong talks about his experiences playing in Europe. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 1 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Richard Deitsch talks about Mark Cuban & Donald Sterling. Rick Reilly chats about Tiger Woods. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 2 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Scott MacArthur talks about the Blue Jays' offensive success. Aaron Ward chats about the impact of Stepan's injury. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

12:30 – Jamie McLennan, TSN Hockey Analyst/ Leafs Lunch Co-Host

Noodles joins the boys from NYC, and during his hit they find out Derek Stepan broke his jaw last night. McLennan wonders how this injury will impact Brandon Prust. On the topic of Dustin Tokarski, McLennan thinks that he is looking comfortable in the net, but admits it's to early to crown him great; he needs to continue playing well. He calls the Galchenyuk goal fluky, and thinks it's silly to blame the goaltender. Talking with Canadiens players, he says the players are happy with the victory, but understand that they need to continue momentum to win the series.

1 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

Ray joins the show to weigh in on the Carcillo ejection and the Prust hit on Stepan. He says that everyone was outraged by Kreider's part in the Carey Price injury, so people should be just as bothered about Prust's hit on Stepan. Prust will get suspended, deservedly so, but doesn’t think he should be suspended a certain amount of games because Stepan has a broken jaw. He thinks it’s wrong to suspend a player depending on how hurt a guy is, you have to suspend because it’s a suspendable play.

1:30 to 2 – Colby Armstrong, Former Toronto Maple Leaf & Montreal Canadien (in studio)

Colby Armstrong joins the boys in studio and agrees with ODog's assessment about handsome goalies. They chat about the Finnish player’s awkward interview at the World Championships and he says it really makes Kessel’s interviews look good. He talks about wanting to get back into the NHL. He had the opportunity to sign a two-way contract with the Canadiens, but opted to sign in Sweden for more playing time, a decision he regrets now. He admits he had a negative opinion on PK Subban before joining the Canadiens, but says that he was not only a great teammate, but a great guy. Armstrong discusses the Maple Leafs recent collapse and says the team needs to address whatever made them slide late in the season. Armstrong discusses good leadership and says he was lucky in his career because he played with veterans such as Gary Roberts, Darryl Sydor and Mark Recchi. He says the Canadiens need to take the Price injury like a challenge.

2:15 – Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated joins Bryan to talk about developments in the NBA. He thinks that Donald Sterling is selling the Clippers now without a fight because he realized that he lost. Deitsch thinks Mark Cuban is one of the most interesting owners in the NBA, despite the fact he likes to see his name in the paper. He thinks it's not close to who is better for the NBA. He thinks if Sterling said was Cuban said, he would be applauded. On the topic of social media, he admits that metrics are extremely important. He says the page view hunt means things go up faster. He thinks it's easy to bait people into viewing articles.

2:30 – Rick Reilly, ESPN Columnist

Rick Reilly, ESPN Columnist & Author of the new book "Tiger, Meet My Sister ... And Other Things I Probably Shouldn't Have Said" starts off by joking about the well known fact that Tiger Woods is cheap. On the topic of how much of an athletes personal life we deserve to know, Reilly thinks that if athletes put themselves out there, than we deserve to know. He calls Tiger Woods the least transparent athlete ever. On the topic of stealing personalities of athletes, Reilly says he hates it when an athlete is colorful and honest, and people turn around and rip him and tell him to shut up because of that. Reilly says that times have changed because instead of waiting on pieces and making sure things are polished and edited, now they just throw pieces out quickly. He admits the title of his book is cheeky. He puts in 77 of his favorite columns in the book, and updates them.

3 – Scott MacArthur, TSN 1050 Jays Reporter

Scott thinks that the roof will be open this weekend, which coincides with an R.A Dickey start, which hasn't happened so far this season. MacArthur says the Blue Jays have a big stretch of upcoming games at home and they need to take advantage of that (something they haven't done so far). Scott says the Blue Jays offense has been one of the best in the league, but the pitching needs to step it up. He thinks Juan Francisco has bought himself considerable time with his powerful start to the season. On the topic of division rivals and the Boston Red Sox, he calls their lineup incredibly soft; but admits that Stephen Drew will add a much needed punch when he's back up.

3:30 – Aaron Ward, TSN Hockey Analyst

Aaron Ward talks about the pressure Vigneault now faces with Stepan and Carcillo out of the lineup. He thinks the Canadiens organization has realized the intricacies of Tokarski's game and this could be the reason they chose to play him this soon. Ward explains that Prust's hit is particularly illegal because an opposing player would not be expecting it. Opposing players are no longer thinking about protecting themselves in that situation.





May 22: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan and Jonas recap the Kings Game 2 comeback win over the Hawks and discuss whether Dustin Tokarski can get the Canadiens back in their series versus the Rangers with Pierre LeBrun and Ray Ferraro, and Dan Shulman checks in to chat about the red hot Edwin Encarnacion and the first place Blue Jays.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

The first hour of Leafs Lunch. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

The second hour of Leafs Lunch. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

The first hour of The Bryan Hayes Show. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

The second hour of The Bryan Hayes Show. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

12:30 – Pierre LeBrun, TSN Hockey Insider

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun joins the boys from New York to chat about the NHL playoffs. He thinks Thomas Vanek is an inconsistent player who will go through stretches of disappearing all together and scoring key goals. He thinks the Rangers need to jump off cloud 9 and not fall victim to coasting just because they’re winning. Pierre thinks Gretzky is ready to come back to the game. He almost joined the Toronto Maple Leafs last season but the deal fell through. At this point, LeBrun says there may not be a fit for him. There were talks about Gretzky joining L.A., but ultimately that didn’t happen. He also weighs in on Bettman’s reputation with the owners.

1 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

Ray was surprised the Chicago Blackhawks gave up so many goals in one period. He thinks that the Los Angeles Kings flat out dominated them. The players know that Darryl Sutter is in their corner and know that he can handle the personalities on the team. The Kings don’t play emotionally (he calls them robots) and that benefits them. He is impressed with the Kings drafting regimen, scoring Quick and Kopitar in the same draft. He talks about long-term contracts, which he calls risky. He wonders how the Blackhawks are going to afford to keep everybody around when Toews and Kane get their big contracts. The Kings have Kopitar locked in to a long-term deal but he brings up the example of Tim Leiweke almost bringing in Kovalchuk to Los Angeles, which could have financially crippled the Kings. He thinks the Canadiens need to win both games in New York, and doesn’t see the Habs winning the series without Carey Price.

1:30 – Dave Maloney, MSG Network Colour Analyst

MSG Network Colour Analyst joins the boys to talk about the Habs/Rangers series. He thinks with the absence of Price that the goaltending is not even close (in terms of comparison). He thinks that the Rangers have been a team that everybody wanted to face going into each series, but the Rangers have gone about their business and beat everybody they’ve faced.

2:30 to 3 – Colby Armstrong, Former NHLer (in studio)

Colby Armstrong joins Bryan in studio and starts off by joking about the hate he got going from Toronto to Montreal, despite being bought out by the Leafs. He says that the difference between playing in Atlanta and in Canada, is “everything.” He did love living in Atlanta, but he says you can’t compare it. He says the promotions in Atlanta were abysmal. His strangest fan experience was signing a baby. He appreciates the European transition to the North American game even more now that he’s had the chance to play overseas. He calls playing overseas a totally different mentality. He still thinks the NHL game is the best.

3 to 3:30 – Dan Shulman, ESPN (in studio)

Dan Shulman of ESPN studio joins Bryan in studio. He thinks the Blue Jays are playing great baseball but stresses that it’s likely unsustainable. This season he thinks that 87 wins can get you in the playoffs. He talks about the Blue Jays pursuit of Jeff Samardzija and says that it’s risky to acquire a guy for one potential playoff run at such a high cost. Shulman thinks that Melky Cabrera is a good guy who did a dumb thing. He thinks that Rasmus should be freed if cap concerns plague the Blue Jays, he suggests they go with Anthony Gose instead (at least for a trial run). On the topic of Prince Fielder, he thinks losing Fielder is catastrophic and will impact the Rangers playoff run. He talks about Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison, and says that Hutchison’s strong mental state has helped become a big time pitcher.

3:30 – Shaun Powell, Sports on Earth

Sports on Earth NBA Writer Shaun Powell weighs in on Mark Cuban’s comments on race; He says we should be mad at people who perpetuate stereotypes, not the people who abide by them. He thinks that we can’t have an honest discussion about race anymore, because people twist them to fit their own agendas. He thinks that the Oklahoma City Thunder screwed themselves out of winning in the playoffs the minute they refused to sign James Harden to max contract extension. He calls the San Antonio Spurs a machine.





May 21: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan, Jamie and Jeff tee up Game 2 between the Kings and Hawks tonight on TSN 1050 with Ray Ferraro and James Duthie, and Peter Holland checks in to discuss the Marlies upcoming series versus Texas and his future with the Leafs.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 1 of Leafs Lunch. Peter Holland joins the guys. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 2 of Leafs Lunch. Ray Ferraro joins. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 1 of The Bryan Hayes Show. David Steele talked about the NFL's expansion plans. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 2 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Scott Raab talked about Lebron James & the state of affairs involving the Cavaliers. James Duthie was in studio. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

12:45 – Peter Holland, Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies forward Peter Holland joins the boys to talk about the upcoming series against the Texas Stars. He says that he notices when Shanahan is in the building. He thinks Steve Spott is a great coach, he keeps things fresh and light and does a good job keeping the Marlies player ready. He doesn't think that the Marlies have faced adversity so far in the playoffs, aside from little bumps.

1:05 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

Leafs Lunch heads to Chicago to catch up with Ferraro ahead of Game 2 between the Kings-Blackhawks tonight, but first weighs in on the news that Tokarski is starting for the Habs in game 3. H e says this show Therrien has less than zero faith in Budaj. If it was Ferraro’s choice, he would have gone with Budaj in game 2 and then would have gone to Tokarski depending on how Budaj performed. He believes Vanek's acquisition for $7 Million in 7 years was a big mistake by the Habs. He compliments the Blackhawks for their balance. Chicago's cast of contributors set the bar that the rest of the league should follow.

2:15 – Tom Penn, Former NBA Exec & Current NBA Analyst

ESPN Analyst Tom Penn joins Bryan to talk about the NBA draft. He says that the Cavaliers should be thrilled to win the lottery; they tried to win this season, didn’t, and got lucky. Penn thinks that Wiggins should be the first pick based on pure talent alone, but he thinks you can make cases for Parker and Embiid. He thinks that the draft should be geared towards those teams that have been losing, instead of rewarding fringe teams. He admits it will be interesting to see how the Cavaliers build going forward, because LeBron could come in and they could use their assets to acquire Love.

2:30 – David Steele, Sporting News NFL Writer

Steele weighs in on the Super Bowl going to Minnesota and says the NFL had basically blackmailed Minnesota by subtly threatening to move the franchise to LA if they did not build a new stadium in Minneapolis-St. Paul. He discusses potential expansion and says the NFL will have to figure out something with LA at some point. He also believes there will be at least one franchise overseas. He talks about the prospect of moving the NFL Draft around to different cities annually. He worries that teams will start to follow the NFL's agendas even if they have to betray their fan bases. Steele thinks the NFL's handling of Jim Irsay was bad for the image of the league. The fans have become accustomed to seeing players getting strongly punished by Goodell and now it seems hypocritical of him.

3 – Scott Raab, Esquire and Author of Whore of Akron

Scott Raab thinks it's unbelievable that the Cavaliers landed a first overall pick. He thinks the Cavaliers should be embarrassed from their past actions including hiring their formerly fired coach Mike Brown. Raab isn't pleased with the Cavaliers actions at all. He thinks that the Cavs should select Wiggins. He thinks that Manziel/Wiggins combination is good for Cleveland, but neither are saviors. LeBron joining Cleveland would be awesome, but he doesn't see it happening. He thinks the Cavs would have won a title if LeBron stayed, but admits he made the right decision leaving Cleveland despite some initial reservations.

3:30 – James Duthie, NHL on TSN (in studio)

James Duthie joins Bryan in studio to talk about issues around the NHL. He thinks that Thomas Vanek is damaging his free agent stock by his poor performance in the playoffs, but despite that, he will still likely land a big contract. On the topic of Budaj and Tokarski in Montreal, he thinks they have to go with Tokarski, even though he thinks Budaj probably deserved to start game two. On the Kings/Blackhawks, he thinks that Los Angeles is going to come out fast tonight and he and Bryan agree that they want the series to go to seven games.





May 20: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan and Jamie are joined by Jonas Siegel and Craig Button in studio to discuss whether the Canadiens can bounce back down two games heading to New York without their no. 1 goalie, and Ray Ferraro and Darren Pang check in to chat about the Blackhawks taking an early lead in their Western Conference series.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan and Jamie are joined by TSN Hockey Analyst Craig Button and TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter Jonas Siegel. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan, Jamie, Craig Button, and Jonas Siegel are joined by TSN Hockey Insider Ray Ferraro. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan discusses the Jays, Donald Sterling, and is joined by Rich Clune of the Nashville Predators. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by Patrick Patterson of the Toronto Raptors and TSN Hockey Analyst Darren Pang. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

1 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

The Rangers were more successful spending their money on staff when they couldn't spend it on players because of the cap. They've made significant moves that other teams haven't and they've fought their way out of the hole to get to where they are now. The problem with Vancouver is that their owner wants to win now, you can be the best GM in the league but if you have pressure from above you’re unlikely to be successful. No matter how successful you may be in the business world, the sports world is completely different and you have to let the people you hire do their job. Goalies always have some luck to be successful but Lundqvist played like a superstar goalie should in that situation. Alain Vigneault has changed a lot during his career; he’s smart, in control and he was the perfect fit for New York after John Tortorella. The key to the Blackhawks is that they have Toews and Sharp under manageable numbers so they can fill the rest of the squad with talented players. The Blackhawks are a deep squad and they've managed to work it under the cap.

2:30 – Richard Clune, Nashville Predators (in studio)

Nashville Predators forward Richard Clune joins Bryan in studio. He jokingly calls Mike Fisher a stud and calls him a good friend. He compares the Dustin Tokarski situation to that of Carter Hutton and Pekka Rinne in Nashville and he says that Hutton played well despite being thrown into the fire. He talks about how he became a regular in the Nashville lineup and discusses his past drug and alcohol abuse. He says he’s outspoken about it now because it could help other people struggling with the same situation. In terms of his teammates knowing about his struggles, he says that friends and coaches didn’t necessarily know because he masked it by still coming to work on time and playing through it.

3 – Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors

Patterson says that people are laughing and joking about his viral video singing Michael Jackson in his car. He says that he’ll sing anything but country. He thinks people were looking at him strange when he recorded the video. They talk about Drake and he says that he is good for the brand and can be nothing but a positive for the Raptors. They discussed the latest about Donald Sterling and he says that players won’t want to play for him. They also joke about Manchester City star Yaya Toure reportedly wanting out of ManCity because no one on the team wished him a happy birthday and what he would do if that was one of his Raptors teammates.

3:30 – Darren Pang, NHL on TSN

Pang believes that if Montreal continues to play like they did last night they won’t be swept because they generated a lot of good scoring chances and Lundqvist had to stand on his head for the Rangers to win game 2. The biggest thing for Montreal heading into game 3 is to score the first goal. Playing with a lead is essential for Montreal and makes the obstacle of getting past Lundqvist seem smaller. Peter Budaj is a good teammate and back up goaltender, but he's easier to pick apart because there is more video of him to break down. Pang thinks Montreal should go with Tokarski for game 3. Vanek is a frustrating player, when nothing is happening he seems invisible on the ice, but he usually seems to come up with something when the team needs something from him.





May 19: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan, Jamie and Jonas Siegel are joined by Ray Ferraro, Dave Stubbs and Jeff O’neill to break down the conference finals and discuss how goaltending continues to play a huge factor.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 1 of Leafs Lunch. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 2 of Leafs Lunch. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 1 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Richard Deitsch talks about Mark Cuban & Donald Sterling. Rick Reilly chats about Tiger Woods. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Scott MacArthur talks about the Blue Jays' offensive success. Aaron Ward discusses the impact of Stepan's injury. Hour 1 Audio


Recap:

Pat Hickey – Montreal Gazette

Pat Hickey joins the show from Montreal and says that players were deflated upon hearing that Carey Price was injured. He wouldn't be shocked if Dustin Tokarski would start instead of Peter Budaj because Therrien is known for his gambling approach. On the status of Alex Galchenyuk, he thinks that he would be surprised if he suited up and was in game shape.

Ray Ferraro – NHL on TSN Analyst

Ray said that Corey Crawford doesn't get enough publicity because of the great team-mates playing in front of him; he sees Hossa the same way. Crawford has different temperament than Lundqvist and is fine playing his own way as it has worked thus far. Ray then went on to say he can't imagine Kreider going in feet first if there was genuine intent to injure Carey Price. Hewould go with Budaj for tonight's game. If Budaj plays well tonight, he is likely start in the next game as well. If not, he probably won't.

Tony Grossi - Browns analyst for ESPNCleveland and ESPN 850 WKNR

Browns analyst Tony Grossi said that the drafting of Johnny Manziel has caused a huge media storm in Cleveland, and compares his drafting to Bernie Kosar. He thinks that veteran players are going to enjoy having Manziel, because they’re a team that is hungry for attention and ired of the lack of respect they are given. Believes that people are sleeping on Browns QB Brian Hoyer, who lit a fire under the team after the trade of Trent Richardson. Doesn’t think the Browns didn’t necessarily plan on drafting Manziel until the middle of the first round, and that he fell into their lap at the 22nd pick.

Jeff O’Neill - Leafs Lunch Legend

O’Neil joins Bryan from Montreal; thinks it’s silly to think that Kreider intentionally injured Price; there wasn’t enough time for him to decide to intentionally injure Price. He’s been extremely impressed with the Rangers, and says that Chris Kreider is a beast; but does believe Kreider’s track record for running goaltender is problematic.


Sean Deveney – Sporting News NBA Writer

Sporting News’ Sean Deveney joined the show to talk about the NBA playoffs. He thinks that the Pacers need to sustain their play in order to beat Miami, which is something that they haven’t been able to do.; the Miami Heat were playing a step slow in game 1. The San Antonio Spurs don’t buy that Serge Ibaka is out for the playoffs like reports suggest, but if true it’s a huge loss for the Thunder. The conversation then shifted to Thunder guard Derek Fisher, and the possibility of him joining the Knicks coaching brass. Sean says that the Knicks are most interested in Fisher now that Steve Kerr joined Golden State. The move is risky because the Thunder may make the finals, which delays the potential move, and eliminates other coaching candidates.

Richard Griffin (Toronto Star)

Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star thinks that JP Arencibia is “delusional,” and he’s acting like a child. Adding that he has not been kind to Texas Rangers media members, and is undercutting the Rangers. On Drew Hutchison, he thinks that he has been evolving since the very first game. He still needs to work on correcting mistakes, but he’s certainly made progress so far. He briefly talks about Marcus Stroman, and says that he was brought up should the rotation fall apart, but that didn’t happen.; it’s smart to not throw Stroman to the fire. On the topic of Anthony Gose, Richard thinks the Blue Jays desperately need his speed. He called Gose a rock head, and thinks that if he’s not learning anything in the minors, he needs to be in the MLB.



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