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June 27: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Darren Dreger and Pierre McGuire to chat about the latest trade rumours and NHL Draft speculation, and Dwane Casey checks in to discuss the Raptors’ thinking behind the surprise selection of Bruno Caboclo.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike/David preview tonight's NHL draft, Wiggins goes #1 overall, & the Blue Bombers shock the Argos. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger join Mike and Dave to preview tonight's draft. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 with Mike and Dave. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

One GM said last night that if the salary cap ceiling reaches 70 million dollars and the floor rises to 50 million dollars it could create some problems for certain franchises. The flip side of the coin is that an increasing salary cap indicates that “the business is alive & well.” If Chicago Blackhawks sign Kane/Toews at 11-12 million dollars per season, they might have to cut costs at other positions (2nd line centre) Chicago has drafted very well therefore they should be in very good shape regardless of what direction they choose. Nikita Nikitin contract with the Edmonton Oilers was simply put “a gross over payment.” Furthermore you have to wonder how the Nikitin contract will affect upcoming negotiations with UFA to be Matt Niskanen. The PK Subban & Montreal Canadiens negotiations remain ongoing however “it’s important to remember that he hasn’t even reached the prime of his career.” It’s quite conceivable that Subban commands roughly 8-9 million dollars per season over the next few years.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

Dale Tallon & the Florida Panthers have an interesting decision to make tonight with regards to the first overall pick. Tallon knows that the best offers will be received as we approach the eleventh hour. Tallon is under a lot of pressure to turn this team around & definitely has the “chips in play to make a move.” Aaron Ekblad’s value might be a little bit increased due to the fact that there isn’t another defenseman available in the top five. GM’s usually try to take the best player available but sometimes a stud defenseman is simply too much to pass up. If impending UGA Jarome Iginla doesn’t re-sign with the Boston Bruins the Detroit Red Wings might have significant interest. The Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane negotiations will be interesting because these players are “the best of the best.” Therefore an annual salary of 11-12 million dollars actually isn’t that outrageous.

8:00 Jeremy Roenick – NBC Sports Analyst & Former Player

Tonight’s experience at the Wells Fargo Center should be an absolute treat for all parties involved. There should be plenty of activity tonight with the salary cap expected to rise next season & we could a high quality player like Patrick Sharp moved in order to create more cap space for Kane/Toews. The entry draft has changed quite a bit since 1988 with the implementation of social media however it was an honour/privilege being drafted eighth overall by the Blackhawks.

8:15 Dan Shulman – ESPN/TSN MLB Analyst

The bottom line is that Tim Lincecum (or pretty much anyone) benefits from playing the San Diego Padres. Its actually quite interesting to see three no hitters in MLB this year from players that are “well past their prime.” The Blue Jays find themselves in an interesting conundrum with regards to their pitching because J.A. Happ has been wildly inconsistent. If Happ keeps up his fine play the Jays can focus on improving their ball club in other areas. Daniel Murphy would be a welcome addition because he’s versatile & his low key attitude would be a welcome addition. Murphy might also be a beneficial acquisition for Toronto because he is far less streaky than Juan Francisco. The Detroit Tigers remain an interesting team because they have barely won the AL Central the past two years despite being a powerhouse team. Seeing four Canadians drafted last night was simply magnificent for NBA Canada because “they now have a team that can compete with anybody on an international stage.”

8:30 Jason de Vos – TSN Soccer Analyst

Many people feel that Luis Suarez’s nine game suspension simply wasn’t enough. Suarez’s decision to bite someone on three separate occasions indicates that there might be some mental issues at the root of the problem. Now we have to wonder what kind of action FIFA/Liverpool will take. Potential surprises during the knockout stage include Mexico. Mexico came into this tournament in disarray (4 coaches in 6 years) however they have really gelled after a 0-0 tie vs. Brazil. Mr. de Vos also broke down several upcoming world cup matches on TSN 1050; Brazil vs. Chile (could very well be an upset) Columbia vs. Uruguay (Columbia) Netherlands vs. Mexico (Netherlands) Greece vs. Costa Rica (Greece).

8:45 Dwane Casey – Toronto Raptors Head Coach

There was plenty if intrigue/mystery surrounding the Raptors #20th overall pick from Brazil Bruno Caboclo. Caboclo isn’t a household name in NBA circles because he did play in Brazil. Kudos to GM Masai Ujiri for doing a very good job of “keeping this pick close to his chest.” Caboclo won’t be able to step in right away but does have the athletic talent/wingspan to be a dominant player in the NBA. Caboclo remains a work in progress however the Raptors feel that “they have something special at their disposal.” Mr. Casey also responded to ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla’s comments “two years away from being two years” calling the comments “totally untrue.”





June 26: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl discuss the draft and free agency options for the Leafs with Darren Dreger, Dave Poulin and Steve Simmons, and Mark Cohon checks in to tee up the CFL season.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike/David recap all the action from the World Cup, Jays fall to the Yankees, & plenty of NBA Draft talk. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger discuss the latest happenings surrounding the NHL Draft. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:45 Josh Lewenberg – TSN 1050 Raptors Reporter

Tonight’s NBA draft has generated lots of speculation because most people feel that there is the potential for lots of transactions/movement tonight in Brooklyn. The Raptors have the 20th pick however it’s difficult to determine what direction they may take due to the enormous amount of speculation. GM Masai Ujiri has made it very clear that “the Raptors will select the best player available.” Toronto might also want to draft a point guard who could learn or eventually replace Kyle Lowry down the road. If the Raptors re-sign Lowry & draft Ennis this could spell the end for Greivis Vasquez because “there’s only so many minutes to go around.” Ennis is very high on the Raptors wish list & simply might be too good to pass up. It will also be interesting to see who ends up being drafted first overall pick (Parker or Wiggins?) Wiggins seems like the more logical fit for Cleveland however things can always change in a hurry.

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Mike Johnston should be a welcome addition for the Pittsburgh Penguins because he has done a great job of cultivating the young talent on the Portland Winterhawks. Rick Tocchet was also hired as an assistant coach which is another great addition thanks to his head coaching experience with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now the clock is on GM Jim Rutherford to “put the proper pieces in place in order to help the Penguins cater to a certain style.” The Vancouver Canucks seem to have an interest in free agent goaltender Ryan Miller however you have to wonder if this would hinder the development of Eddie Lack/Jacob Markstrom? We also saw two notable UFA’s (Callahan/Gaborik) re-sign with their respective teams at less than market value, therefore it will be interesting to see how these signings affect the David Bolland situation.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

This is a very interesting time of the season as a flurry of activity is expected to occur over the weekend. Here’s the likelihood of the following Maple Leafs returning next season; Troy Bodie Likely (not likely) Mason Raymond (negotiations are ongoing maybe) Jay McClement (no) Nikolai Kulemin (no) Paul Ranger (no). James Reimer is about a 50/50 split at this point. Ryan Callahan & Marian Gaborik both signed very fair deals & definitely left some money on the table. It will be interesting to see how these signings affects the David Bolland contract negotiations.

8:00 Dave Poulin – Vice President of Hockey Operations

The off-season is definitely the busiest time of the year because “there are many moving parts in play.” There have been so many changes recently in the NHL (rules, salary cap, CBA) which has completely changed the landscape. The Maple Leafs number one focus right now is on the draft because “these are the last days to double check your notes before making a monumental decision.” Sam Carrick’s growth this past season has caused a certain amount of buzz but it’s still too early to determine if he’s indeed ready to take the next step.

8:15 Steve Simmons – Sun Media & The Reporters

Mr. Simmons joined Mike Richards & David Bastl to reflect on yesterday’s feud with Tyler Dellow regarding David Bolland & Mikhail Grabovski. The Maple Leafs are a very tricky team to figure out because there could either be major or minor changes coming to this team next season. Now that all the head coaching positions have been filled in the NHL it will be fascinating to find out who the Leafs hire in the assistant role. The Jake Gardiner negotiations are also another major area of focus as we delve further into the offseason. The Blue Jays are in a place they haven’t been in 21 years (1st place in the ALE at the halfway point of the season).

8:30 Mark Cohon – CFL Commissioner (In-Studio)

Mr. Cohon joined Mike Richards & David Bastl in-studio to kickoff the 102nd season of the CFL.







June 25: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Darren Dreger, Pierre McGuire and Bob McKenzie to discuss the latest rumours surrounding Dave Bolland, the NHL Draft and the Leafs interest in Aaron Ekblad and Nick Ritchie.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike/David recap all the action from World Cup, Jays defeat the Yankees, & the NHL awards wrap up in Las Vegas. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger preview this weekend's NHL draft, & "Hannibal Lecter??" discusses Luis Suarez's bite yesterday at World Cup. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning featuring guest Bob McKenzie. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:15 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

The NHL awards have always been an event that “leaves you wanting more” (at least from a television perspective) The bottom line is that the average hockey fan has a pretty good idea of “who is going to win what award.” Was anyone actually surprised to see Sidney Crosby win the Hart trophy last night? The award show is very important contractually from the NHL’s perspective however it’s tough to focus on this event with the draft just around the corner. There are several rumoured big names in play which makes this “the most fun times of the year.” Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has experience trading the number one pick & knows that the best deal will likely come at the eleventh hour. At this point the Maple Leafs would probably select Nick Ritchie if he is still available at the number eight spot. Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick is expected to be ready for training camp in September & it’s actually remarkable he was able to win a Stanley Cup with these nagging injuries. UFA Marian Gaborik & the Los Angeles Kings appear to be inching towards a deal that makes sense for both parties.

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The NHL awards are a big deal for the players but now the focus shifts towards the entry draft this weekend in Philadelphia. The Florida Panthers & Buffalo Sabres have a huge amount of power going into this weekend because there are many teams who covet a defenseman like Aaron Ekblad. The Edmonton Oilers are a team to watch because they might be inspired to move up two spots in order to secure the first pick. This draft doesn’t have a lot of “star players” & we could see plenty of transactions this weekend because of the increased salary cap next season.

8:15 Tim Reynolds – Covers Miami Heat for the Associated Press

We shouldn’t be surprised with LeBron’s decision to opt out of Miami at the end of this season. The funny thing is that this move actually puts more pressure on Dwane Wade/Chris Bosh to decide their futures. Perhaps LeBron’s decision was more of a pressure tactic to send a message to management “that this team desperately needs to retool.” LeBron’s recent comments are a far cry from his “one for all mentality” that we heard during the summer of 2010. If LeBron ends up leaving Miami the most likely destination would probably be the Los Angeles Clippers. This would still be considered a long-shot because the Clippers would have to move some pieces in order to create some flexibility. Cleveland seems like a logical destination for LeBron but the problem is that they aren’t exactly a contender. If the Cavaliers acquire Kevin Love could this change LeBron’s decision? Tomorrow’s draft might shake down like this Parker at #1, Wiggins at #2, Embiid at #3.

8:45 Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider

The Pittsburgh Penguins are in the process of confirming that Mike Johnston will be their next head coach. Pittsburgh management was looking for coaches that would accept a shorter term which is why candidates such as Bill Peters/Willie Desjardins elected to take their talents elsewhere. The latest on the David Bolland situation is that his camp is looking for a 7-8 year deal at roughly 5 million dollars per season. The Leafs would probably prefer a 5 year deal at roughly $4.25 million dollars per season. At this point it seems that Bolland will be hitting the open market “therefore its open season.” If the Panthers end up trading the number one pick it will probably happen right on the draft floor. The top five prospects are very good however there isn’t an overwhelming number one consensus. Aaron Ekblad could turn out to be a top pairing or at least very solid number two defenseman. The Maple Leafs appear to have their sights set on power forward Nick Richie provided they don’t move up & he is still available at the eighth spot.





June 24: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Darren Dreger and Pierre McGuire to chat about the NHL’s newest Hall of Fame induction class, and whether Dave Nonis, Brendan Shanahan and the Leafs would be interested trading up in the draft – possibly with Dale Tallon and the Panthers.

Audio:

Hour 1:

The NHL announces the 2014 HHOF class, Jays beat the Yankees, & Raptors prepare for the NBA draft. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger discuss the latest rumours in the NHL. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The NHL was finally able to right two wrongs (Fred Shero 2013 & Pat Burns in 2014) which indicates that the committee has perhaps finally changed their rigid ways. At this point Mark Recchi, Phil Housley, Eric Lindros, & Jeremy Roenick would be the most notable omissions in the hockey hall of fame. Peter Forsberg was a once in a lifetime player & goaltender Dominik Hasek changed the way the position is played. The Scott Hartnell for R.J. Umberger trade was a curious transaction & it will be interesting to see how Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux handles this adjustment.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

Willie Desjardins decision to choose the Vancouver Canucks instead of the Pittsburgh Penguins was viewed as quite the “head scratcher in most hockey circles.” The bottom line is that Desjardins has accepted the monumental challenge of getting this team back to elite status. Former Panthers coach Kevin Dineen seemed like a logical fit in Carolina however most people feel that his tenure with Florida was average at best. Sometimes head coaches need to take a step or two back in order to take the next step forward. Pat Burns was an incredibly fiery/knowledgeable coach who was never afraid to back down from any challenge. All reports at this point indicate that the number one pick is definitely on play. GM Dale Tallon has indicated that the Panthers wouldn’t be willing to go below 8th (which is conveniently where the Maple Leafs are supposed to pick).

8:00 Rod Smith – Host CFL on TSN

It’s obviously an absolute thrill/privellege being named host of the CFL on TSN. The CFL panel is a very tight knit bunch & Mr. Smith was able to overcome some initial nerves during the audition process. Major stories heading into this season include Mike O’Shea facing his former team, how Ricky Ray performs under a full season, the re-introduction of the Ottawa RedBlacks, the Montreal Alouettes rebuilding after the departure of Anthony Calvillo, & how Hamilton will respond with QB Zach Collaros at the helm? If Ricky Ray is able to remain healthy the Argos have to be considered the favourite to come out of the East however the West appears to be wide open this season.

8:30 Mark Osborne – Leafs TV Analyst & Former Player

Everyone in the Toronto area has a soft spot for former Maple Leafs coach Pat Burns especially after spirited runs during the ‘93/’94 season. Burns was the penultimate “blue collar coach” & was almost viewed as a fatherly figure by his players. The funny thing is that Burns had a very soft side underneath his rough exterior.


8:45 Cory Conacher – Buffalo Sabres Forward

It was an interesting season for Cory Conacher & the Buffalo Sabres as both parties try to build this franchise back to respectability. The Sabres have the second overall selection at this weekends entry draft therefore it will be interesting to see what type of direction GM Tim Murray decides to take. Making the transition to Buffalo last season was very easy because Mr. Conacher has grown up in the Burlington area therefore family/friends are always close bay.





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