April 3: Show In Review
Live from the ACC, Dave and Steve Simmons are joined by James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Gord Miller to discuss Bob Nicholson’s departure from Hockey Canada, and the futures of Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis.
Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons talk about the Leafs push to the playoffs and are joined by NHL on TSN Host James Duthie. Hour 1 Audio
4:30pm James Duthie - Host of NHL on TSN
Duthie talked about pronouncing players names correctly and said Nyquist is one of those names we weren't sure on at the start. He said he is surprised by the Leafs play down the stretch and thinks Randy Carlyle will ultimately get fired but you have to wonder who will replace him. Barry Trotz would be a name if the Preds fire him at the end of the season. Duthie also said there is no chance Dave Nonis gets whacked. Speaking of GM's he also said Gillis sounded ridiculous with his comments today and he has done a lousy job since the Canucks got to the Cup Final. He also spoke on Bob Nicholson leaving Hockey Canada and also David Letterman announcing he is retiring.
5:00pm Bob McKenzie - TSN Hockey Insider
McKenzie said the reason Bob Nicholson is leaving Hockey Canada is because he is worn out and the job is time consuming. There will be no shortage of consulting jobs for him if he wants. McKenzie also spoke of the Red Wings great play of late and how they have turned around a once lost season.
5:30pm Marcus Ball - New Orleans Saints Linebacker
Ball just signed a three-year deal with the New Orleans Saints after spending the past two years in the CFL with the Argos, two seasons he said were the best of his life. Ball said he worked out for four or five teams but the Saints were the perfect fit. He said he is jacked to go to the NFL and thanked the Argos for letting him out of his contract. He also praised the defensive scheme the Argos played and how he learned so much.
5:45pm Gord Miller - TSN Play by Play Voice
Miller doesn't think the Leafs situation is as bad as everyone thinks. The killer for the Leafs this year has been the 3 regulation losses to the Blue Jackets this season. The Leafs also haven't played the way Randy Carlyle has wanted them too. Miller also praised Zdeno Chara and said he is a self made player who has a low end hockey sense but is a great leader and knows how to use his size and other skills to the max.
6:00pm Andy Brickley - NESN Colour Analyst
Brickley said the Bruins have bought in to the system especially all the top players. This is a mature team that has been together for a while and even after adding the odd player the team just seems to gel (before last night they had points in 16 straight games). The Bruins players are great in the community, they interact with fans and the city loves them. Brickley said the team lost Jagr in the off-season and he has been great in New Jersey but Jarome Iginla has been a more than capable replacement. He also commented on the development of Dougie Hamilton saying he has taken his game to a new level despite some questions about his compete level.
6:15pm Darren Dreger - TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger spoke about Bob Nicholson stepping down and said this is the best time to do it. He mentioned Nicholson has only spent 14 days at home since Christmas. He said there is a ton of pressure on the Team Canada staff and it takes a toll. Dreger spoke about the Canucks ownership and whether they would consider getting rid of both Gillis and Tortorella or just one of them. He also said no discussion has taken place on Randy Carlyle's future.
6:30pm Rob DiMaio - Blues Director of Scouting
DiMaio said the Blues have been built from the blueline out and the team wants to go deep into the playoffs this year. Coach Ken Hitchcock has instilled a great work ethic in their team and they are ready to make a run. He also said the Leafs are an inconsistent team frpm what he has seen of them.
6:45pm Pat Verbeek - Lightning Assistant General Manager
Verbeek said Ryan Callahan has fit in nicely with the team and they are not going to talk contract with him until the off-season. He said he knows from workimg with Steve Yzerman what Bob Nicholson must have gone through with all the pressures of Hockey Canada and the Olympics. Verbeek said Ben Bishop has been huge for the team and he also mentioned that his former team, the Red Wings are doing great and no one should be surprised by the play of Nyquist and Tatar as they were lighting it up in the minors before joining the big club.
April 2: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge discuss David Clarkson and the Leafs finally getting back on track versus the Flames and Adam Oates’ comments about Alex Ovechkin, and Dan Shulman and Tim Tschida join the guys to chat about MLB’s new instant replay rules.
4:30pm Kevin Calabro – Voice of the NBA on ESPN Radio
Calabro talked about the San Antonio Spurs going for 19-straight wins tonight against Golden State. He says Tim Duncan has been the foundation for 18 seasons for the Spurs. The current winning streak is nothing new to Gregg Popovich and the team. The team has had seventeen 55 plus seasons. He then says to not count the Pacers out, but they are showing some cracks. He thinks the Pacers would be a great match-up for the Raptors in the second round. He thinks if Seattle expanded into the NHL at the same time as the NBA it would dampen both. He feels the NHL will have to wait until te NBA returns to Seattle first. The MLS is doing great in Seattle, and it's the 12th largest TV market so they could handle teams.
5:00pm Darren Dreger – TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger spoke about David Clarkson’s lack of production, how the Blackhawks will do without Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the lineup and some general John Tortorella and Phil Kessel talk.
5:15pm Scott MacArthur – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter
Scotty Mac spoke about the Blue Jays start to the season in Tampa and their lack of team speed. Jose Reyes being hurt hurts them on the base pads and they will now need Brett Lawrie to run more often.
5:30pm Dan Shulman – Voice of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball
Shulman joined the show and had a good discussion with the guys on Instant replay and how it works best and who should be responsible for making the decisions. Should umpires actually call for instant replay themselves, how can they figure out how long it takes etc…. Shulman also spoke about the Padres and how he likes their team. He also weighed in on March Madness and said he likes Florida to win it all in the tourney and he said he is surprised UConn is in the Final 4.
6:15pm Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider
McKenzie spoke about the Devils struggles in the shootout and why they are 0-for-11 this year. He also addressed Alex Ovechkin having the worst +/- in the league.
6:30pm Tim Tschida – Former MLB Umpire
Tschida said he is a traditionalist and isn’t a huge fan of Instant replay although he does hope it helps the game. He also said right now it is still in a testing stage so it’s too early to form opinions on it. There is a fine line between getting help on a call and challenging each other which they can do after the 7th inning and you don’t want that. There will be lots of comments on review…did it take too long, was the call right all along etc…. The faster the process works the better off it is. It’s a very dark feeling knowing you made a wrong call that could lead to an important run so at least this way the umpires can get some help. Tschida also doesn’t like the fact someone is looking over the umpires shoulder.
4:30pm Peter Oosterhuis – CBS & Golf Channel Analyst
The 1981 Canadian Open winner joined the show to discuss Tiger Woods pulling out of the Masters after back surgery. If it goes well, he will come back as determined as ever. He says Woods absence from the Masters will be disappointing although players don't fear his game like they used too. He says Tiger's injury is very serious and it’s hard to say how he will recover from this. Oosterhuis said he played with Tiger as a 16-year-old and she said he was extremely focused. If he was healthy he could break Jack Nicklaus' Majors record, but now that he is hurt again he doesn’t think it will happen. Oosterhuis also reminisced about his win at Glen Abbey at the Canadian Open, how he won and how Nicklaus shook his hand and congratulated him during his victory.
5:00pm Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider IN STUDIO
McKenzie had some thoughts on Brian Burke and the Flames and said he has been impressed with the teams play this year considering their roster. Burke will definitely not be the GM of this team next year and Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin have to be two of the leading candidates. He also addressed Chris Pronger’s comments today when he said there is no chance he will return to the NHL in the future. McKenzie said it’s no big surprise as he has been out of the league for a couple of years now. He has been on long term IL and hasn’t officially announced his retirement yet so that’s why it still comes up as a big deal. McKenzie he also touched based on John Tortorella and what a gong show it has been in Vancouver.
5:15pm James Mirtle – Globe & Mail Writer
Mirtle said no decision has been made on Randy Carlyle’s future but their point total could play a role in how things shake out for him. In his recent column he wrote about Carlyle’s teams not having the puck much and his teams allowing a lot of shots. Mirtle explained how towards the latter years of his coaching days in Anaheim the same trends happened as they are now in Toronto.
5:30pm John Clayton – ESPN NFL Senior Writer
Clayton joined the show and said DeSean Jackson definitely has gang ties but it's unknown how negative of a presence that actually is. He says many teams should be interested in him despite some of his “diva” traits. Washington, Oakland, Cleveland and San Francisco all appear to have interest. He says this year is a test year for NFL replay and he said the technology is getting better. Bill Belichick is a big influnece. Clayton wonders how fast replay is going to be and said that the MLB and NFL are borrowing ideas from each other and TV (and audiences) have really played well to the replay system. He said the NFL would love to keep the Bills in Buffalo and keep the association with Toronto. He says if a local group would step up that would be best but we do know it will definitely stay in Buffalo for 6 years. He admits that anything can happen though once the team hits free agency and the open market. Donald Trump wants to keep it in Buffalo.
6:00pm Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst
Hayhurst made his TSN Drive debut and said John Gibbons is a very hands off manager, which ideally fit the Blue Jays lineup which is filled with veterans. He says it has backfired and people wanted to blame Gibbons. He says Alex Anthopoulos should be the one who is blamed for picking Gibbons. He also thinks Gibbons is close to being fired. Hayhurst said no matter what age you are, it's hard to maintain your velocity. That's what might be effecting RA Dickey. He said Dickey needs to get his velocity back, which is hard because of his age. He said age is a factor with Dickey. The hharder Dickey throws, the better he performs. The slower, the worst. He said the homerun friendly park in Toronto doesn’ help his cause. Hayhurst said it’s hard to put stock into Drew Hutchison because he has never succeed through a full major league season. He does like his stuff but the MLB is a different game than the minors. Expectations will be tempered. He said once he reaches 70/80 innings you'll see Hutchison's potential. The Blue Jays not signing a pitcher may force younger pitchers to flame out in the MLB. He said it's difficult for young players to step up and the atmosphere can eat you alive. He thinks the Blue Jays will win 76 games this season.
6:15pm Darren Dreger – TSN Hockey Insider IN STUDIO
Dreger joined the show and discussed the Leafs front office situation and said Dave Nonis has prepared the MLSE board as to what he needs to do with the team and said the team is right on course. He said Carlyle is a defensive coach but he hasn’t shown it. Dregs mentioned how the Leafs could trade Nazem Kadri in the off-season but they are not interested in moving Jake Gardiner.
March 31: Show In Review
Dave and Bruce Arthur are joined by Sabres coach Ted Nolan to discuss his extension and Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger check in to chat about whether Leafs management should be concerned about their job security should the team miss the playoffs.
Dave Naylor is joined by Bruce Arthur to chat the Maple Leafs losing streak, the Blue Jays home opener and Andrew Wiggins entering the NBA Draft. Hour 1 Audio
Dave Naylor is joined by Bruce Arthur to chat NHL coaching, the Toronto Raptors being playoff bound and the CFL collective bargaining agreement. Hour 2 Audio
Dave Naylor is joined by Bruce Arthur to chat about the Toronto Blue Jays season opener and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hour 3 Audio
4:30pm Rustin Dodd - Kansas City Star
Dodd joined the show and spoke about covering Andrew Wiggins for the past year and said his legacy at Kansas will be defined based on how he does in his NBA career. Dodd said that he doesn’t see the inner driver and killer instinct from Andrew Wiggins after covering him. Statistically he had the best freshman stats in school history but he still wasn’t as dominant at the college level as many thought he should be. Jayhawks Coach Bill Self said Wiggins had lots of outside pressures and he managed to get through those with his calm demeanor. He doesn’t have that natural killer personality,
5:00pm Ted Nolan – Buffalo Sabres Head Coach
The Sabres bench boss spoke about becoming the “official” Head Coach of the team and how he plans to turns things around in Buffalo. He mentioned how it’s been a trying time for him with all the moves that have been made but the team has lots of good young pieces to work with. Nolan also spoke about how thankful he is to Pat Lafontaine for bringing him in as his Head Coach and he is disappointed he didn’t they didn’t get to spend significant time together with the Sabres.
5:15pm Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider
McKenzie addressed the comments from John Tortorella taking a shot at the TSN hockey panel. He then joked about some funny moments when Torts was on the panel a few years ago. McKenzie also spoke about the Leafs mess and how he can’t get a read on Tim Leiweke yet and how he isn’t sure what will happen at the end of the year if the Leafs don’t make the playoffs.
5:30pm Brian Windhorst – ESPN Basketball Writer
Windhorst spoke about the Raptors reaching the playoffs and how impressive it is. He also addressed Andrew Wiggins' decision to declare for the NBA Draft and what kind of player he is from what he has seen. He also spoke about the Lakers mess and what they will do this off-season and how LeBron James has been playing hurt recently.
5:45pm Scott Flory – New President of CFLPA
Flory spoke about being named new President of the CFLPA and what his main objectives will be as he starts his new role. He said it’s time to revue some of the player concessions with the CFL players and negotiate a deal that is fair for both the league and players. The players love the game and are dedicated to it but they can’t continue to handle the burden of financial responsibility.
6:00pm Scott MacArthur – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter
MacArthur gave a quick update on what was happening at the Jays Season Opener in Tampa. At the time it was 6-0 Rays and RA Dickey had been pulled already. He gave up 6 walks more than he had in any start last season.
6:15pm Darren Dreger – TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger spoke about the troubles of the Maple Leafs and how things have gone off the rails so quickly. The heat is definitely on the management team after they spent money in the off-season and the results haven’t been good enough. Dreger said Dave Nonis shouldn’t take the fall for the troubles and in fact the Leafs have actually done better than many people predicted and the reality is management predicted this team would be about where they are now. As for the Leafs development, Dreger said Carter Ashton and Peter Holland are real NHL players who will be in the league next year with the Leafs.
6:30pm Ryan Dempster – 2013 World Series Champion /16 Year MLB Career
Dempster joined the show and discussed how he first came up with his Harry Caray impression. He spoke about the World Series Champion Red Sox team he was on last year and what made them gel. He also said how great it was to play at Wrigley Field for the Cubs. He then had some great words about his daughter who was born with a disability and how she has come such a long way. Dempster explained how not playing baseball this season will allow him to spend time with his kids and daughter and that’s ultimately what’s important.
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