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April 11: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Jeff O’Neill to discuss how the Leafs failed to show up versus the Panthers last night and how that is a reflection on their character, and Darren Dreger and Pierre McGuire check in to chat about the arrival of Brendan Shanahan.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike and Dave do Bastl's Bytes and talk Leafs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike and Dave were joined by Pierre McGuire, Bob Weeks, and Darren Dreger. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike and Dave were joined by Colin Doyle, Dan Shulman, and Jeff O'Neill. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Colorado Avalanche have a very good chance to catch the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the Central division. The bottom line is that the Colorado Avalanche have become an amazing late season story because everyone thought the Blues would “run the table” after the acquisitions of Ryan Miller & Steve Ott. St. Louis has had trouble scoring which is an area that must be addressed by head coach Ken Hitchcock prior to the playoffs. Could you imagine a first round match up between the Chicago Blackhawks & St. Louis Blues? Many people are concerned about Brendan Shanahan’s lack of experience at the management position. These concerns are valid however Shanahan is a keen hockey mind & “won’t be intimidated by the moment.” It will be interesting to see how the relationship between Brendan Shanahan & Dave Nonis develops moving forward. Claude Loiselle & Dave Poulin could be very attractive candidates for the vacant general manager position in Calgary. If Brendan Shanahan wants to make a coaching change names such as Tom Renny, Bill Peters, or Jeff Blashill in order to emulate the Detroit Red Wings model of success.

7:30 Bob Weeks – Host Score Golf

It’s difficult to determine if Graham DeLaet succumbed to the pressure or golf course after his first round of play at Augusta. There really is no “perfect way” to prepare for this tournament if you are unfamiliar with this atmosphere. Is it possible that DeLaet was preoccupied by the increased media attention at Augusta? Adam Scott had pretty good first round (aside from one bad swing on the 12th hole) & should be considered a major player heading into the second round of the Masters. Ricky Fowler is another player that had a good first round & could “make some noise” as the tournament progresses.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

Randy Carlyle can be a very demanding coach & truly has “poured his heart & soul into the Maple Leafs. Perhaps Carlyle’s downfall is the fact that he wears his heart on his sleeve? The leadership situation with the Maple Leafs has come into question this season however it’s unfair to pin all the problems on captain Dion Phaneuf. James van Riesmdyk, Tyler Bozak, & Phil Kessel have the ability to be leaders but are they the type of players who “step up” in the locker room when times are tough? Dave Nonis is definitely looking at adding another defenseman/centre however the player that comes in must be able to fit into the team dynamic & provide solid leadership. The fact that Brendan Shanahan has no managerial experience means nothing because “everyone has to start somewhere.” Perhaps MLSE wants a person “who has done many jobs” & sometimes adding another layer can benefit all parties. It would also seem likely for Shanahan to bring in his own type of people (Draper, Lapointe, etc…) If Randy Carlyle was dismissed at the end of the season there would probably be massive interest from the Florida Panthers.

8:00 Toronto Rock Player Colin Doyle & Amaranth Day from Bootcampaign.ca

Toronto Rock Player Colin Doyle joined Mike Richards & David Bastl in-studio to discuss Saturday’s game vs. the Philadelphia Wings. Bootcampaign.com Director of Operations Amaranth Day also joined Mike/David for a few minutes to discuss their upcoming booth with the Toronto Rock at the ACC on April 18th.


8:15 Dan Shulman – ESPN MLB Play-by-Play Voice

Michael Pineda claimed that he had “dirt” on his instead of pine tar. The rules in MLB clearly indicate that “you are not allowed to have any substance on your hand” even if its chocolate pudding. According to David Ortiz this stuff isn’t a big deal because “this stuff happens all the time.” Baseball has always adopted a “if you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying” type of mentality. The Blue Jays have to ask themselves several questions such as; will Melky Cabrera & Dioner Navarro continue their early season success, will Brett Lawrie continue to struggle, & what will this team will look like when Jose Reyes returns?

8:45 Jeff O’Neill – TSN 1050 Leafs Lunch Co-Host

The Maple Leafs should’ve still been able to “win one for Drew McIntyre” last night. McIntyre played his first NHL game & his teammates didn’t even show up for him. The hiring of Brendan Shanahan will have a major impact on the foundation/culture of the locker room within the Maple Leafs. Randy Carlyle has done a poor job of holding his players accountable which could prove to be his untimely demise. The bottom line is that “everything Brendan Shananan touches turns to gold.”





April 10: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger and Steve Simmons to chat about the impact the arrival of Brendan Shanahan could have on Dave Nonis, and Mark Zecchino checks in to talk Masters’ favourites and Graham DeLaet’s chances.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike and Dave do Bastl's Bytes and talk Blue Jays and Leafs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike and Dave were joined by Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger, and Steve Simmons. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike and Dave were joined by Mark Zecchino and Jim Ralph. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The interest between the Maple Leafs & Brendan Shanahan isn’t that surprising because both parties are searching for the “next level up.” The potential hiring of Brendan Shanahan would have a resounding impact on the Toronto community, much like the hiring of Trevor Linden in Vancouver. Maple Leafs assistant general managers Claude Loiselle & Dave Poulin could be very attractive candidates to fill the vacant GM position in Calgary. The NCAA frozen four kicks off tonight keep an eye out for players such as Dylan Simpson, Johnny Gaudreau, Steve Santini, & Mike Matheson. Sean Monahan has displayed exemplary poise with the Flames this season therefore the future is bright in Calgary. Other teams that have had disappointing season include the New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, & Winnipeg Jets. The Colorado Avalanche have a legitimate chance to catch the St. Louis Blues for top spot in the central division, & Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock should be nominated for coach of the year based on the job he’s done with Detroit.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger & Steve Simmons

It appears that goaltender James Reimer has pretty much “packed his bags” at this point in the season. Reimer believes that he has the capability to be a number one goaltender in the league & his agent probably isn’t too thrilled with Maple Leafs management. Reimer will have a difficult time finding a number one job in the NHL because his reputation has been due to his inability to carry the load for Toronto when given the opportunity. Can Reimer be a number one goalie in this league, & will he accept a backup role with another organization? The Brendan Shanahan to the Maple Leafs rumours are interesting however no one is exactly sure of what type of role he would fulfill. When Dave Nonis signed a five year contract he was told that Tim Leiweke might hire someone in a “president of hockey operations role”, therefore Nonis shouldn’t be too surprised by the recent turn of events.

8:15 Mark Zecchino – Host Golf Talk Canada

The conditions at Augusta have been very good & the difficult round one pin placements should make for an interesting leader board. The heavy rain on Monday could have a big impact on some of the first time golfers because “this essentially created one less practice day.” Could this reduce the amount of first timers we see in contention once Sunday rolls around? Phil Mickelson is definitely a player worth keeping an eye on at Augusta despite his slow start to the 2014 campaign. Other dark horses who could walk away with a green jacket on Sunday include Rory McIlroy & Jason Day.

8:45 Jim Ralph – Maple Leafs Colour Commentator

The Maple Leafs must somehow find a way to stay focused during tonight’s match up vs. the Florida Panthers. It will be interesting to see who starts in goal tonight however one would think that James Reimer would get the start because of the respect factor. These games are tough to play because “you’re recently eliminated from the playoffs” & there really is no sense of pressure at all. The Brendan Shanahan to Toronto rumours aren't that surprising because this management structure already exists within other franchises.





April 9: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl chat with Josh Lerwenberg about Jonas Valanciunas’ legal troubles and whether a suspension could be on the horizon, and Darren Dreger and Pierre McGuire check in to chat about which players could be on their way out of Toronto.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike and Dave do Bastl's Bytes and were joined by Josh Lewenberg to discuss JV and the Raptors. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike and Dave were joined by Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger and by Michael Collins to discuss the Masters. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike and Dave were joined by Mike Gentille and Jeff Sherman. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:30 Josh Lewenberg – TSN 1050 Raptors Reporter

The recent turn of events surrounding Jonas Valanciunas were incredibly upsetting however it’s important to remember that he is only twenty one years old. Hopefully Valanciunas is able to learn from the consequences of his actions & learns from this experience moving forward. Now the focus shifts towards tonight’s game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers & Toronto pretty much has to “win out’ in order to secure the third seed in the Eastern Conference. The bottom line is that the Raptors must do whatever is possible in order to avoid potential match ups vs. the Nets/Bulls.

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Maple Leafs weren’t the same team after the Olympic Break therefore it’s up to management to figure out exactly what went on during the two week break. There appears to be some sort of disconnect between the players/coaches & now it’s up to management to determine if Randy Carlyle is the best fit for this team moving forward. Jaroslav Halak’s decision to not face his former team yesterday was incredibly perplexing. There is obviously something “going on behind the scenes” & it will be interesting to see if he returns to the Washington Capitals next year. The goaltending circus that followed around the Vancouver Canucks over the past two years ultimately proved to be the undoing of former General Manager Mike Gillis.

7:30 Michael Collins – ESPN.com Senior Golf Analyst

Tiger Woods hasn’t won at August since 2005 however his absence at this tournament definitely feels “weird.” The interesting thing about Augusta is that “this tournament is pretty much up for grabs” & it’s quite possible that we see a first time major winner since Fuzzy Zoeller. Mr. Collins thinks that Harris English will defeat Rory McIlroy by draining a birdie putt on the 18th hole on Sunday afternoon.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

The Maple Leafs were officially eliminated after last night’s loss vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning however they were “technically eliminated” after Saturday’s loss vs. the Winnipeg Jets. Maybe this team isn’t as far along as they appeared to be last year? The Maple Leafs made some big moves during the previous offseason (Bolland, Clarkson, Bernier) & have some key assets in (Rielly/Gardiner) but now need to figure out what to do with Nazem Kadri. The fan base has the right to be upset because less than a month ago this team seemed like a “slam dunk” to make the playoffs. It will be interesting to see what type of action Tim Leiweke takes moving into the offseason & the future of Randy Carlyle will definitely be a hot topic of discussion.

8:15 Sean Gentille – NHL Writer Sporting News

The Maple Leafs collapse over the past month isn’t that surprising because this team was getting outshot & had been horrendous defensively for the bulk of the season. The Boston Bruins appear to be the cream of the crop in the east however after that “it’s pretty much wide open.” The Detroit Red Wings are a team worth keeping an eye on especially with the imminent return of All-Star Pavel Datsyuk. Alex Ovechkin’s 50 goal season is misleading because of his terrible defensive play & seems to have left fans/management simply wanting more. Tomas Vokoun is currently in the AHL for a conditioning assignment however his return to the Pittsburgh Penguins remains questionable.





April 8: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

With the Leafs season winding down, Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Jonas Siegel, Pierre McGuire, Steve Simmons, Darren Dreger and Mike Johnson to discuss which defencemen could be expendable for Dave Nonis in the off-season.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike and Dave do Bastl's Bytes, and were joined by Jonas Siegel. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike and Dave were joined by Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger and Steve Simmons. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike and Dave were joined by Darryl Sittler and Mike Johnson. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:30 Jonas Siegel – TSN 1050 Maple Leafs Reporter

The fact that the Maple Leafs are on the road might be a good thing however it’s difficult to determine exactly “which team will show up? The Maple Leafs are coming off a loss to a team that wasn’t even in playoff contention which kind of makes you scratch your head. Toronto basically needs to win the next two games & get plenty of help in order to make it to the dance. The past three collapses (2012, 2013, 2014) have many people wondering if Dion Phaneuf is the best candidate for team captain. Several Maple Leaf players have struggled with leadership this season (Lupul, Clarkson, Bolland, Clarkson) therefore it’s unfair to put all the blame on Phaneuf. Management obviously has to make some revisions to the defense corps once the season concludes. Phaneuf, Gardiner, Reilly, & Gleason are likely to return whereas Paul Ranger & Cody Franson’s future remains questionable.

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Twenty nine other NHL teams feel that establishing a dedicated cycle game & forcing turnovers in the neutral zone is the easiest way to beat the Maple Leafs. Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson had a very strong debut vs. the Vancouver Canucks last night & it will be interesting to see what type of direction the team takes heading into the playoffs. Gibson is unflappable/seems to have “ice in his veins” & is definitely benefitting from previous “big game” experience at the 2013 WJC in Ufa. Minnesota Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov had a solid performance vs. the Winnipeg Jets & could be the teams starting goaltender for game one of the playoffs. Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher has plenty of history with Bryzgalov from their days in Anaheim & that sense of familiarity is paying off.

7:45 Darren Dreger & Steve Simmons – Leafs Breakfast

Assuming the Maple Leafs miss the playoffs for the second time in three years, the focus will start to shift towards the offseason. There are plenty of questions surrounding the future of Joffrey Lupul & perhaps a “forensic investigation” is required to get to the root of the problem. Everything has pretty much unraveled for this team since March 13th now the question is why? Defense continues to be an area of concern for Toronto & it’s pretty obvious that the team is still searching for a top four defenseman, perhaps some options open up on draft day. Dion Phaneuf, Carl Gunnarsson, & Tim Gleason appear likely to return next season but after that things start to get a bit hazy. Nazem Kadri remains a polarizing figure because he has shown glimpses of potential but also hasn’t really managed to take the “next step.” The Tampa Bay Lightning’s decision to re-sign Steve Yzerman isn’t that much of a surprise & one has to wonder what becomes of the Vancouver Canucks moving forward?

8:00 Darryl Sittler – Maple Leafs Legend (In-Studio)

Maple Leafs legend Darryl Sittler joined Mike Richards & David Bastl in-studio to discuss the upcoming Scotiabank Baycrest Pro-Am Tournament from May 1st-3rd in Toronto. Mr. Sittler also touched on some of his fondest Maple Leaf memories.



8:45 Mike Johnson – NHL on TSN Analyst

It might be time to jump on the Montreal Canadiens bandwagon because at this point it looks like only one Canadian team will make the playoffs this season. The Edmonton Oilers will probably have the toughest time getting back into the playoffs & might have to trade a big piece (Hall/Eberle) in order to get a star defenseman & speed up the rebuilding process. The Maple Leafs obviously need to make some big changes in the off-season & have some difficult decisions to make regarding David Bolland, Mason Raymond, etc... Translation "it's going to be a long summer in Toronto."





April 7: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Following a loss to the Jets that has them all-but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Mike and Dave Bastl chat with Darren Dreger, Pierre McGuire and EJ Hradek about the issues that continue to dog the Leafs and why other players around the league say they’re easy to play against.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike and Dave do Bastl's Bytes, and the Werner Ladder NHL Power Rankings. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike and Dave were joined by Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike and Dave were joined by Bob Weeks, EJ Hradek, and Robert Ford. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Let’s not read too much into the Blues 4-2 loss vs. the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday afternoon. There were many reasons why St. Louis lost the game & will still present a tough match up for any playoff opponent. Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban continues to evolve & far too much has been made of his “frosty” relationship with head coach Michel Therrien. Subban has had his share of “ups & downs” however he does have enormous potential. At this point Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask appears to be favourite to win the Vezina Trophy this season. The Maple Leafs keep having defensive breakdowns in their own zone, is this because the team can’t grasp Carlyle’s system or because they simply don’t care? Would firing Randy Carlyle actually help the long-term future of this franchise?

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

If the Maple Leafs are having “coaching isssues” this late in the season there might be bigger problems at large. The bottom line is that the Maple Leafs got outworked by a Winnipeg Jets team that isn’t even going to make the playoffs this season. Aside from wins over Boston/Calgary there really hasn’t been a lot to cheer about since the Leafs victory over the Kings on March 13th. General Manager Dave Nonis has to be concerned about his team & you have to wonder if a coaching change during the off-season would actually solve anything. Nonis is probably “trying to figure out his next move” & appears to be keen to re-signing Bolland/Raymond/McClement but will likely part ways with Nikolai Kulemin & Paul Ranger.

8:15 Bob Weeks – Host Score GOLF

Matt Jones was another first time winner after draining a forty two yard chip shot to secure the 2014 Houston Shell Open. Sergio Garcia had on average performance over the past weekend and seems to lack that flash/desire he displayed earlier in his career. Garcia has played very well so far in 2014 & could be a potential dark horse candidate to “make some noise” when Augusta kicks off this weekend. Although he had a tough finish at the Houston Open, Rory McIlroy is still considered to be a favourite at Augusta.

8:30 EJ Hradek – Senior Reporter for NHL Network/NHL.com

The Maple Leafs appear to be “trying very hard” however they obviously aren’t having very much success as the NHL regular season winds down. Until the Maple Leafs stop giving up so many shots & improve their defensive zone coverage they will continue to flounder. Perhaps the Maple Leafs simply weren’t able to live up to lofty expectations bestowed upon them this season. The Detroit Red Wings remain a “dark horse” team because they have great goaltender/coaching staff & shouldn’t be disregarded come playoff time. The Dallas Stars have some solid building blocks in place & much of their success should be credited to general manager Jim Nill.

8:45 Robert Ford – Houston Astros Radio Play-by-Play Voice

The starting pitching/depth/culture surrounding the Houston Astros this year has been a stark contrast from the previous three seasons. There is plenty of optimism in Houston this season however the franchise isn’t at the point where they should “blow the bank” & start mortgaging their future for short term success. Right now it’s about establishing a winning culture so that the fans come back to Minute Maid Park & embrace the team once again. The Houston Astros arena remains a “work in progress” however this process could speedup if the Texans host the 2018 Super Bowl.



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