May 22: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Dave Feschuk talk NHL playoffs and whether Adam Oates will find himself on Randy Carlyle’s bench with Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, and Dirk Hayhurst checks in to discuss why the price for a top-end starter like Jeff Samardzija may be too high.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk are joined by ESPN Cleveland's Tony Rizzo and Jason Grilli of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk are joined by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst Dirk Hayhurst. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk are joined by TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger and former Rangers goaltender Mike Richter. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Tony Rizzo, ESPN Cleveland

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Rizzo joined the program to talk about the attitude in Cleveland following the drafting of Johnny Manziel and the Cavs winning the draft lottery. The buzz is all about Johnny Manziel, and any Browns gear with his name on it has flown off the shelves. He's been working with the third team offence and has been very studious with the playbook. With the Cavs winning the draft lottery there has been chatter about LeBron James returning to the team, but that isn't likely. Rizzo also talks about the chances of Cleveland adding a third Toronto native to the roster by possibly drafting Andrew Wiggins.

Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates Closer

Pittsburgh Pirates Closer Jason Grilli joined the program to talk about his book "Just My Game." The book talks about Grilli's struggles to make it full-time in the Majors and how he dealt with all the injuries and tough rehab in his career. Grilli also touches on the season the Pirates are having and gives an update on his current rehab process.


Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined the program to talk about the moves made by the New York Islanders today locking up goalie Jaroslav Halak to a four-year deal, and keeping their 2014 first round pick. Islanders are convinced they will be better next year, that's why they are keeping their pick and giving Buffalo the 2015 pick instead. McKenzie also talked about the Kings third period comeback last night in Chicago, and why we shouldn't take too much away from Canada's quarter-final exit from the World Hockey Championships.

Dirk Hayhurst, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst

TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst Dirk Hayhurst joined the program to talk about the hot streak the Jays are on right now. AL East is still a close race so the Blue Jays should be patient with the current roster before making moves. If this offensive production keeps up, the club is one dominant pitcher away from being a top contender, and Cubs starter Jeff Samardjiza could be a target. Hayhurst also discusses the increase in Tommy John surgeries, and Prince Fielder undergoing season-ending surgery.

Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the show to talk about the Rangers-Canadiens series before game three tonight. Dustin Tokarski played well in net for Montreal in game two and gets the start again in game three. If the Rangers play at the level they achieved in game one, it won't matter who plays net for the Canadiens. Dreger also discussed the possibility of Adam Oates joining the Leafs as an assistant coach and a possible landing spot for impending free agent Ryan Miller.

Mike Richter, Longtime NYR Goalie, 1994 Stanley Cup Champion

Former New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter joined the program to talk about the Montreal-New York series. The run the Rangers are on show the parody in the league and how focused you must be on every shift. The loss of Martin St Louis' mother has been a rallying point for the team. Dustin Tokarski has played well for the Canadiens but it's very difficult to replace a goaltender like Carey Price. Richter also talked about Mark Messier's guarantee in the 1994 playoffs, on the twentieth anniversary of that game.





May 21: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Mark Cohon and Marwan Hage to discuss the latest in the CFL-CFLPA negotiations, and Tyler Ennis checks in to discuss his NBA future and the opportunity he may have to play for his hometown team.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge were joined by Gareth Wheeler, Mark Cohon, and Marwan Hage to chat about the NHL playoffs and the CFL. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge were joined by Bob McKenzie and Ken Griffey Sr. to chat about the NHL playoffs and Griffey Sr.'s career. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge were joined by Dan Shulman, Darren Dreger and Tyler Ennis to chat about the MLB, NHL playoffs and NBA Draft. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Mark Cohon, CFL Commissioner

Cohon says that the League put a proposal on the table last week, and it was rejected. The CFLPA’s counter, according to Cohon, would put the League back into “the dark ages”. Cohon says that the players will make more money going forward under the CFL’s offer. Cohon also detailed why the League doesn’t immediately recognize the 100%+ increase in TV revenue to the share for the CFL players.

Marwan Hage, VP of the CFLPA

Hage says that today was a shocking day, and the CFLPA didn’t expect the League to bypass the CFLPA and go directly to the CFL players instead.



Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie expects Barry Trotz to be a consideration in both Vancouver and Washington, and John Stevens could also have an opportunity with the Canucks as well. McKenzie hasn’t heard much out of Florida on a Coach, but Dale Tallon wants someone with experience. He’s not looking for the next Jon Cooper, but he’s looking for someone with weight to his name. With Brad Richards, the cap concerns are more about the long-term as opposed to the short term. If the Rangers feel he can be a top 6 forward for the next few years, then he could definitely avoid being amnestied.

Ken Griffey Sr, Longtime MLBer, Author of “Big Red: My Life in Baseball, Fatherhood and my life in the Big Red Machine:

Griffey recalls how well the Reds of the 1970’s played, but also how they enjoyed playing the game so much. Griffey talked about how the 1975 World Series Champion Reds team really helped propel his career. Finally, Griffey says he never thought there would be a chance that he would ever play in a Major League game alongside his son Ken Griffey Jr.


Dan Shulman, Voice of MLB on ESPN

Shulman says that Jeff Samardzija could be 8-1, and he’s been struck by some really bad luck this year with the Cubs bullpen. Shulman says that for Samardzija, a top prospect and a 2nd tier prospect would be the going rate for the Cubs ace. The Jays could be in the mix, but it depends on whether or not they’re a contender. Shulman considers Wainwright to be MLB’s best pitcher, and he’s been an absolute workhorse this year.

Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

Dreger says that the Canadiens need some offence from Thomas Vanek, and they need to try and get him to be on a line with some offensive flair. Dreger says the sense that he gets is that it’ll be Dustin Tokarski tomorrow night, and the Canadiens hope that he’ll settle in after his start in Game 2. Dreger says the interview for Barry Trotz was strange, but perhaps the Capitals are contemplating hiring Nashville’s Paul Fenton.

Tyler Ennis, Brampton, ON native, Syracuse Point Guard, Highly Touted NBA Prospect

Ennis says that he thought a lot of people thought he was going to stick around in Syracuse, but he felt that he was ready for the NBA after 1 year in the NCAA. He says he loved the experience at Syracuse, but it was the perfect time for him to enter the draft. He says he has no preference as to what team he plays for, as it really is out of his control. At the Draft Combine, he was asked a lot about his family and who he’s the closest comparison is in the NBA. He says the craziest question he got was that if he would dance in front of his teammates before the game.





May 20: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Dana White to discuss UFC 173 and issues surrounding fighter pay and injuries, and Drew Brees checks in to discuss the Saints draft and how he’s gearing up for the 2014 season.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by Tim Graham and chat about the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Bills and Toronto Blue Jays. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by Bob McKenzie, Drew Brees and Dana White to talk about the NHL playoffs, the NFL season and UFC 173. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge were joined by George Karl, Darren Dreger and Manny Acta to chat NBA Draft, NHL playoffs and MLB season. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Tim Graham, Buffalo News

Graham is down at the NFL Owners Meetings, where Jerry Jones asserted that he believes that Toronto is certainly a viable NFL market. Other owners, however, say there is a lot of support within the ownership ranks to keep the Bills in Buffalo. The NFL expects the Bills situation to be a busy one with many interested parties, but the political climate ultimately would suggest that the team would stay in Buffalo.

Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie says that all along that Jim Benning was the frontrunner for the Canucks job, and it’s expected that Benning will be introduced this week as GM. Benning was always a smart hockey player, and for Trevor Linden, he was looking for a talent evaluator, and a guy who was very well versed in some of the scouting aspects of the game. You’d have to expect that Trevor Linden would be the go to guy with the media, as Jim Benning certainly doesn’t seek the spotlight. There were a ton of rumours going around about what the Anaheim Ducks offered for Ryan Kesler at the Trade Deadline.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Quarterback

Brees discussed clauses in contracts, and how he’d love to go snow skiing and jet skiing, but his contract doesn’t allow him to do so. He’s endorsing the Can-Am Spyder, a product in which he cannot use due to contractual obligations. Brees chatted about the success of QB’s from Texas, and how football is a way of life in the state. Finally, he chatted about the drafting of Brandin Cooks, and how they’ll get him acclimated to the offence. The team does their best to play to a receiver’s strengths, and Cooks certainly has a lot of strengths that will fit the mould of the offence.

Dana White, UFC President

Dana White began by chatting about how he squashed his beef with MMA legend Ken Shamrock. He said the two talked on the phone and hashed it out. White said there has never been a death in the UFC's history and that is a common misconception about the sport. He also thinks people think the fighters don't make much money, but they do make a lot of money. White said he's been promoting UFC 173, but on a regular day he enjoys gambling and playing cards. White said he likes football and is a Patriots fan, and enjoys going to anything that breaks his normal routine. White said people have been calling for the death of boxing for a long time, yet it keeps on rolling. However, he thinks amateur boxing is dying and he doesn't believe the UFC killed it, he thinks it killed itself.

George Karl, Former NBA Coach of the Year, ESPN NBA Analyst

Karl says that Andrew Wiggins will have some bumps in the road, but he’s definitely exceptionally talented and has a ton of upside. Karl doesn’t believe this is a “great” draft, it’ll have a couple of all-stars, but this draft won’t be as star studded as previously expected. With the Raptors, they need to decide if Lowry is the guy long-term at the point. Masai Ujiri has great relationships around the league, and you have to think that Ujiri is going to prepare this team for the big splash at some point, they’re not quite there, but they’re not far off either. Karl says that when Indiana plays at the top of their game, they’re capable of beating anyone, Miami included.

Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

Darren Dreger believes Dustin Tokarski will get the start in Game 3, but wouldn’t be surprised if Peter Budaj is in net. Ultimately, he believes the experience Budaj has may work in his favor to start Game 3 on the road. With Jim Benning to Vancouver, Dreger is surprised it has taken this long to get Benning into the fold; it’s been a slow process, leading Dreger to believe that Trevor Linden talked to a lot of different people for the GM job. Finally, Dreger believes that Ray Shero may take time before making a decision on his next move, and that he was surprised with the dismissal from Pittsburgh.

Manny Acta, Former MLB Manager w/ Washington + Cleveland, now an ESPN MLB Analyst

Acta thought LaRussa was going to fade away into the sunset, but clearly the Diamondbacks felt he was a great fit for their organization. LaRussa is going to put his stamp on that organization, and there is no way he’s not going to make that baseball team better. Acta says it’s very surprising to see the weak AL East, considering the high payrolls and surplus of quality players on their rosters. Jeff Samardzija is a hot commodity, but a lot of people are underestimating the possibility that the Cubs want to keep him around more than they’d want to trade him. With Marcus Stroman, Acta believes the main thing for the success of a young pitcher is having the support of their organization. The Blue Jays wanted him to show that he could perform in the bullpen, and then promote him from there. It didn’t work out well but he has a bright future ahead of him.





May 19: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Michael Farber are joined by Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Dave Stubbs to chat about whether the Habs can recover from the loss of their star goaltender and if Michel Therrien’s decision to go with Dustin Tokarski over Peter Budaj was the right one.

Audio:

Hour 1:

The first hour of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Michael Farber. Dave Feschuk co-hosts this hour. The guys talk Carey Price, and Marcus Stroman. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

The second hour of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Michael Farber. Bob McKenzie, Dave Stubbs, and Cam Cole all join the show. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

The final hour of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Michael Farber. Darren Dreger and Chris Osgood join the show. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie says that the Canadiens decision to start Tokarski is one of the hunches that coaches play, and Therrien clearly believes that Tokarski has a chance to be a #1 goalie in the future, unlike Budaj. This is a similar decision to the one that Anaheim made with John Gibson, and are feelings hurt, yes. But this is the reality of the game. McKenzie considers a team like San Jose a possibility for Ryan Miller, but they’ll want him at a good price. McKenzie says it wasn’t surprised to see a “tired” LA Kings team, considering all the adversity they went through to get to where they are now.

Dave Stubbs, Montreal Gazette

The Price news was like the oxygen dropping out of the lungs of the entire province today. You hate the use the name “Dryden” with reference to Tokarski, but what could happen tonight is that the Canadiens may put in a terrific performance in front of their young goaltender. The reality is, this team wasn’t expected to beat the Bruins, so they’re playing with house money.

Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun

It’s hard to believe that Mike Weir could be making a re-emergence at age 44, but perhaps he could re-establish himself as a legitimate player on tour. Cole hopes this performance will allow the public to appreciate Weir for what he is now, as opposed to what he once represented some 10 or so years ago. Cole believes that Weir’s mark on the sport has already been made, considering the rise of the quality Canadian talent on tour now.

Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

Dreger says that this is a particularly tough situation for Peter Budaj, and its clear that the Canadiens feel more confident in Dustin Tokarski. Dreger says he’d be surprised if Alex Galchenyuk didn’t play tonight, at the expense of Michael Bournival. Dreger says a tough decision is coming on Paul Stastny, and Dave Nonis will certainly entertain all possibilities, and there likely will be some interest from the Leafs, but the Cap issue could be the big obstacle.

Chris Osgood, Longtime NHL Goaltender

Osgood believes Kreider’s collision with Price was completely accidental; it’s just a product of playoff hockey. Budaj has done a very good job this year, and he definitely feels as if he deserves the opportunity, so this has to be very disappointing for him. Osgood says that Dustin Tokarski is going to be surprised with the pace of playoff hockey, and to imagine him performing well over a long stretch of games is unrealistic. Osgood would’ve went with Budaj tonight, and if it didn’t work, you can always go back to Tokarski.



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