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May 15: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Jeff O’Neill are joined by PK Subban to discuss the Habs reaching the Eastern Conference finals and Scott Gordon checks in to chat about coaching on Randy Carlyle’s staff.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Jeff O'Neill are joined by PK Subban and former Maple Leafs assistant coach Scott Gordon. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Jeff O'Neill are joined by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie and former Boston Bruin Marc Savard. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Jeff O'Neill are joined by Darren Dreger and PK Subban. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

4:15 - P.K Subban, Montreal Canadiens Defenseman

PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens joined the program to talk about the club's big game seven triumph over Boston. It's a lot of fun when you're playing hockey and the weather is getting better, as it means you have had a good run. It was very satisfying beating Boston as they had the best record in the NHL this season, but the club must now focus on the Rangers. Subban doesn't let the opposing fans get to him, and the club has done a great job focusing on the task at hand. Playoff hockey is all about doing anything it takes to win, and different players have stepped up each night. The atmosphere in the city of Montreal is incredible; especially the longer the playoff run goes. Subban also discussed how important it was for the Canadiens to get healthy following the Olympic break.

4:30 - Scott Gordon, Former Maple Leafs Assistant Coach

Former Maple Leafs assistant coach Scott Gordon joined the program to talk about the struggles the club had down the stretch this past season. The staff saw holes in the Leafs game all season, even during the hot start, and worked diligently all season to correct those holes. The team was essentially the same team as last season and the schemes worked well for the most part, this year was a different story. The defensive zone struggles are well documented, and the fastest way to correct that is to spend more time in the offensive zone. To be successful in the NHL, a team has to win one-on-one battles and the Leafs struggled in that area at times. Gordon also addressed the rumors of a rift between Randy Carlyle and Jake Gardiner. The way the salary cap is structured now, young players have to play, and Carlyle has been very patient with Gardiner. It is unfair to judge young players until they hit the 300 game mark in their career. Gardiner has top level offensive talent, but like any young NHL player he has to improve at reading the play.

5:00 - Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined the program to talk about the Montreal Canadiens victory over Boston in game seven. The behaviour of Milan Lucic in the handshake like was rather unusual, but he is the type of player everyone in the NHL wants on their team. Don't expect many changes to be made to the Boston roster following their ouster. Regardless of the result between Anaheim and the Kings, those teams will likely remain the same for next year. McKenzie also touched on possible changes in Pittsburgh and if coach Dan Bylsma or GM Ray Shero are going to be fired, they will want it to be soon due to the job openings throughout the league.

5:30 - Marc Savard, Longtime NHLer, 2011 Stanley Cup Champion with the Bruins

Former Boston Bruin Marc Savard joined the program to talk about the Bruins-Canadiens series and his ongoing battle with post-concussion syndrome. Savard's career was ended by a blindside headshot from Matt Cooke, and while Cooke still plays, Savard wonders what it's going to take for the league to take real action against him. Headaches still exist daily for the former NHL'er, and certain activities bring those on. The Bruins and Canadiens rivalry is unlike any other, and this series was very close but Boston ran into a hot goalie in Carey Price.

6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to talk about the news that Dan Boyle will not be retained by the San Jose Sharks. While Boyle will be 38 in June, he's the type of veteran player the Leafs would be interested in, but the financial numbers may be too high for the club. Dreger also discussed how unusual Milan Lucic' behaviour in the handshake line was following Montreal's victory. For the Canadiens to beat out the Rangers, Carey Price will have to top Henrik Lundqvist and Thomas Vanek will have to be better then he was against the Bruins.





May 13: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Dave, Bill Hayes along with Steve Simmons are joined by Mark Cohon to talk about the CFL Draft and the league’s CBA negotiations, and Darren Dreger checks in to discuss the relationship between Jake Gardiner and Randy Carlyle.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Bill Hayes and Steve Simmons are joined by Curtis Joseph in studio to chat about his NHL career and the NHL playoffs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Bill Hayes and Steve Simmons are joined by Bob McKenzie, Kirk Muller and Bruce Arthur to chat about the NHL playoffs. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Bill Hayes and Steve Simmons are joined by Scott MacArthur, Darren Dreger and Mark Cohon to chat Blue Jays, NHL playoffs and the CFL Draft. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Curtis Joseph, Longtime NHL Goaltender

Joseph believes that Game 7’s are the pinnacle of the sport, and as a player, there was nothing better. As a goaltender, he always relished facing a large quantity of shots, and found himself more effective when facing more shots. Joseph says, looking back, playing in Toronto really was great. As for Brendan Shanahan, he’s very cerebral about his decision making, and he’s not easily influenced with his ideas. It’ll be interesting to see what moves he makes.

Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie says there’s no doubt that Crosby is struggling, but the other stars on the Pens have had their fair share of struggles as well. Asking Crosby to score goals at such a high rate might be asking a little bit too much of him, but it’s also the amount of abuse that he takes constantly that might be holding him back.


Kirk Muller, Assistant Coach of the St. Louis Blues, Former Head Coach of the Carolina Hurricanes

Muller says that Ken Hitchcock is very tough and demanding, but working and learning with him is going to be exciting. He also described how it all came together with him joining Hitchcock’s coaching staff. Muller said he talked to Brendan Shanahan about joining the Maple Leafs, but his relationship with the Blues and the members of their coaching staff made more sense for him at this point in time.

Bruce Arthur, Toronto Star

Arthur says that Pittsburgh has come apart before, and we’ve seen it a little bit in this series already, considering their frustration. And for that reason, tonight is going to be very interesting. The Penguins, under pressure in the playoffs, over the past few years, it really hasn’t gone well. Henrik Lundqvist in these moments have been excellent, but while there is lots to like about the Rangers, this isn’t a great team by any measure.

Scott MacArthur, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

MacArthur says that Dickey told reporters that the movement on his knuckler was a little extreme early on, and he couldn’t keep the ball in the zone. On the positive, he’s only allowed 3 Home Runs, which is a pittance compared to the litany of home runs he allowed last year. This is potentially a championship caliber offence, while a tad too reliant on the home run ball, the pitching is the issue and cannot compensate in those low scoring games.

Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

Dreger says he’s been consistently amazed at the interest in hockey in Seattle, and for Gary Bettman and Bill Daly to travel across country, there is something to this story that might have legs. In a perfect world, the NBA would come in first, but that doesn’t appear to be a possibility. There is a chance that the NHL could have sole tenancy in the new Seattle building. Dreger says that Carey Price hasn’t been challenged as much as the Bruins would have liked, and that’s something they’ll focus on. Re: James Mirtle’s reports, Dreger says that he’s always been told that Carlyle wants to keep Jake Gardiner around, as he really doesn’t know what their full upside is. Some wonder if Randy Carlyle will have any say in choosing any of assistant coaches.

Mark Cohon, CFL Commissioner

The Commish says the CFL is on a healthy growth curve, and looking ahead, Ottawa’s emergence, and the new stadium in Hamilton, there’s lots of positives to look at. The CFL obviously wants to come to an agreement with their players regarding a new CBA and avoiding a lockout, but that’s still to be determined. Cohon says he hopes the Bills stay in Buffalo, and looking at the Bills in Toronto, he says that the experience at the Rogers Centre might have been something that was overlooked.





May 12: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Steve Simmons chat with Alex Anthopoulos about the Jays’ up-and-down start and what his expectations are for an inconsistent pitching staff moving forward, and Greivis Vasquez joins the guys to discuss his level of interest in returning to the Raptors next season.

Audio:

Hour 1:

The first hour of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons, with Dave Feschuk co-hosting. NFL Draft, and Donald Sterling among topics. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

The second hour of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons. Bob McKenzie, Alex Anthopoulos, and Greivis Vasquez join the show this hour. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

The final hour of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons. Former Cleveland Browns GM Phil Savage, and TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger join. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

5:00 - Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie says John Gibson is one of those goalies who has a ton of confidence, and that he’s succeeded everywhere he’s played. In LA, Jonathan Quick is playing angry, and you know that he knows that everyone is talking about John Gibson as the future of American goaltending. Finally, McKenzie says it was surprising and very unusual for Mario Lemieux to come down and talk to Sidney Crosby after the game yesterday, but clearly he deemed it necessary.

5:15 - Alex Anthopoulos, Toronto Blue Jays

Anthopoulos says that with Janssen coming back, the bullpen certainly has room to improve. He spoke glowingly of Drew Hutchison’s performance, and McGowan has been coming around recently. He says that at some point, he expects Marcus Stroman to get a chance at the rotation. Everything seemed to click over the 5 game winning streak, but there’s been a rut as of late facing the California teams. Anthopoulos says he hasn’t talked about signing any remaining free agents, including Stephen Drew. Second base has been a revolving door, and that’s something they hope resolves itself shortly. Each of the AL East clubs has a lot of talent, but in terms of aggressiveness, you’re not going to see any transactions until late June or early July. AA says they wouldn’t rule out calling up Aaron Sanchez directly from Double A, but regardless, he has a chance to explode at any point.

5:30 - Greivis Vasquez, Toronto Raptors Point Guard

Vasquez looked back on being traded from Sacramento to Toronto, and how the players involved were happy arrive in Toronto. He says he fell in love with the city, and expects to back in town next season as well. He believes Masai Ujiri is the best GM in the NBA right now. He also detailed his friendship with Kevin Durant, and how his speech was incredible when he won the MVP last week.

6:00 - Phil Savage, Former GM of the Cleveland Browns, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, ESPN NFL Insider

Savage says he’s had a chance to Manziel twice in the last two seasons, but he’s compelled to think there could be a team that could shape an offence around him. That being said, he believes that Manziel isn’t a great fit in the AFC North, considering the weather and physicality in the division. Until the rules with marijuana change, drafting or signing players who’ve been implicated in the past is extremely risky, and that’s what has happened with Josh Gordon.

6:15 - Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

Dreger says the identity of the Bruins isn’t akin to the Thornton water squirt, and that was just a stupid move, plain and simple. Dreger says that the Leafs would move Dion Phaneuf, but it has to be the right offer. He’s been told there have been no discussions involving Phaneuf since the Draft. Dreger detailed the way by which Carlyle was fired, as he demanded additional term if he wasn’t able to retain his assistants.



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