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April 17: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt break down the Raptors first round playoff series versus the Nets with Brian Windhorst and Stefan Brody, and tee up the Blue Jays’ doubleheader against the Twins with Gregor Chisholm.

Audio:

Hour 1:

The guys discuss the Raptors/Nets playoff series, while Adam Proteau joins the show to talk NHL playoffs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

ESPNs Brian Windhorst and Rob Pizzo of Hockey Night in Canada join the show. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com and Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News join the show. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Adam Proteau, The Hockey News

There isn’t a whole lot of playoff experience on Tampa Bay, and that gives Montreal a big advantage in that series. Special teams success is important in the playoffs, but Carey Price is the most important part of the Canadiens, and leaning on him is the crux of the team. Marc-Andre Fleury has a lot to prove in this series, as he has not performed well in the last few playoffs for Pittsburgh.

Brian Windhorst, ESPN

The Nets absolutely positioned themselves to play the Raptors, just as the Heat positioned themselves to possibly play them in the 2nd round as well. You can’t fault a coach for resting players at the end of the season, because guys are banged up. The Nets have the Eastern Conference’s best record since January 1st, so there’s no doubt that they’ll be a tough out for Toronto.

Rob Pizzo, HNIC

The Rangers have arguably the best goaltender on the planet, and Lundquist has really come through in the 2nd half of the season, but the way Claude Giroux and the Flyers offence has been churning along, they’re as dangerous as any in the league. There isn’t a more complete team than the Boston Bruins, and their depth is incredible. Tuuka Rask also has to be considered an elite goaltender, so this team really is as complete as there is in the NHL.

Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com

Dickey reiterated how he didn’t want to make excuses at the end of last season, and he did make a few yesterday in advance of the start. The field crew has a lot of work to do before game time as the field isn’t in great shape. Colby Rasmus is back in the lineup at DH in Game 1, and you have to expect Bautista as the DH in Game 2. With Lind out, you’ll see a bunch of different guys tried out at DH, as all signs point to a DL stint for Lind.

Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News

Losing Brook Lopez has completely changed the identity of the Nets, and in spite of that, they’ve adapted nicely. The Nets can slow down DeRozan, but they’ll have problems with the team speed and athleticism, and they can lose games if it becomes a track meet.






April 16: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt tee up the start of the NHL playoffs with Mitch Melnick and Mark Lazerus, discuss why Randy Carlyle is likely to get his walking papers with Dave Feschuk, and Sam Mitchell checks in to chat about whether the Raptors’ talent is enough to overcome their post-season inexperience.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Macko and Cauz. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Macko and Cauz. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Macko and Cauz. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star:

Tim Leiweke wants some blood after this Leafs season, and Randy Carlyle is going to be the one to walk the plank. Can’t be sure what the market is for James Reimer is, it’s possible that theres a team out there that would view him as a #1 Goaltender.


Mark Lazerus, Chicago Sun-Times:

The Blackhawks had 6 Olympians make it to the Gold Medal game and that really wore down the team. You have to hope that Kane and Toews getting the rest recently has them fully recharged. The team has played a ton of hockey. This team thinks they can flip the switch, and we’ll find out soon in a tough matchup with St. Louis.


Sam Mitchell, NBA on TSN

You can’t lock in on one guy when you play the Toronto Raptors, they really spread out their offence and they have such depth. They do have a lack of experience come playoff time, and that’s what is going to be interesting to track.



Mitch Melnick, TSN 690 Montreal

The acquisition of Danny Briere wasn’t meant with warm applause initially, and he never really got going this year. He’s starting on the 4th line tonight, and they need him because the PP has gone dead down the stretch. Therrien needs to make sure the best players on the Canadiens are their best players, and while it seems like it’s a foregone conclusion that he’ll be signed long-term, but they need a solid performance against Tampa.

Michael Landsberg, Off The Record

The guys discussed the legacy of George “The Animal” Steele on his 77th birthday, and also previewed the 2014 NHL playoffs. There are a lot of expectations on the Pittsburgh Penguins, and deservedly so, but Dan Bylsma’s job shouldn’t be on the line if they were to lose, as he’s proven that in spite of injuries he can get his team to the top of the Eastern Conference.





April 15: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Ahead of Randy Carlyle’s season-ending press conference, Bob and Matt chat with Jamie McLennan, Darren Pang and Craig Button about whether Brendan Shanahan’s first significant move with his new team will be a coaching change.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Macko and Cauz were joined by Jamie McLennan. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Macko and Cauz were joined by Darren Pang and Scott MacArthur. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Macko and Cauz were joined by Jack Armstrong and Craig Button. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Jamie McLennan, Co-Host of Leafs Lunch

Can’t have a problem with a President or GM who comes down to speak with the players on a consistent players, and Brendan Shanahan has that kind of relation, in that he’s been in these types of situations. The players understand what happened, and the focus for these guys has to be getting back on the horse, and working on their games.


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Darren Pang, NHL on TSN

Randy Carlyle didn’t turn into a bad coach overnight, he might have lost a pattern that was very good to him, but he has a strong track record of success, and the new regime should strongly consider giving him another run. If the players aren’t willing to commit to a system and play to their capabilities, you need to make changes there, and not simply lay the blame with the coaching staff.

Scotty MacArthur, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

Maicer Izturis really had a freaky injury by slipping on the stairs, it’s just bad luck. Morrow didn’t have the velocity in his last time out, as his rhythym and momentum was adversely effected by a variety of factors. This is a marathon, not a sprint, you just have to look for positive trends with how he feels, and if he’s feeling healthy, that’s the most important aspect. Alex Cobb is out 4-6 weeks with the oblique strain, but those injuries can be tricky.

Jack Armstrong, NBA on TSN

This Raptors team is having fun and they’re enjoying the ride. This is uncharted territory for a lot of these guys. For the Raps, it’s all about who they match up with, and they’ll have to play their best guys tomorrow night if they want to get the 3rd seed.


Craig Button, TSN Resident GM

While the Leafs could move the eigth pick, but they won’t be able to acquire THAT much for it. It’s a sweetener, but they’ll still have a decision to make on an impact player on the current roster. The whole idea that one person, like a Shanahan, can make such a huge difference isn’t accurate. It takes a collaborative effort in an organization, that’s when they operate the best. NHL teams have to use analytics because they’re factors that go into contracts and important decisions, but theyre also important factors in looking at players and rosters in a different way.





April 14: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bob and Matt are live from the Brendan Shanahan introductory press conference, and are joined by Jonas Siegel, James Duthie and Bruce Arthur to discuss what the arrival of the Hall of Famer will mean for the team’s management and coaches.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Macko and Cauz tee up Brendan Shanahan's press conference. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Macko and Cauz were joined live at the ACC by NHL on TSN's James Duthie, Bruce Arthur, and James Mirtle. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Macko and Cauz check in for the full press conference from Tim Leiweke, Brendan Shanahan, and Dave Nonis. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

9:15 – Lorne Rubenstein – Longtime Golf Writer for the Globe and Mail

Bubba elevated himself to that next level by winning his 2nd major and second Green Jacket. He is an emotional person period, and it was no surprise he reacted similarly to his first victory in 2012 – pure, honest emotion. Lorne sees Bubba as a much better putter than he was during his first Masters win; and a much better chance of building off the win going forward. Despite missing the cut, Phil should come back strong – everyone knows how much he wants that U.S. Open, and Pinehurst sets up perfectly for him.

9:30 – Jonas Siegel – TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter

The final game of the regular season against Ottawa showed how little the Leafs players had left following the collapse, and it showed for the eliminated Senators as well. The Maple Leafs room at the end of the season was unhappy and uncertain – we have no idea what this team will look like in a year - James Reimer is well aware he won’t be back as a Maple Leaf next season. Brendan Shanahan’s hiring brings a lot of questions, because his role is still uncertain and he has no experience in an NHL front office.

10:00 – James Duthie – Host, NHL on TSN

The problem with struggling teams today is that they are in such a huge rush to make the playoffs. The teams that have made deep runs didn't just have a quick turnaround - they have been solid teams that were built for success. Nobody knows exactly what Shanahan's role will be, but Leiweke and the Leafs didn't sign him to sit and wait - they did it to spur change, and the change will more than likely involve Randy Carlyle. James has had enough of the phrase, "changing the culture", because the culture is losing. The only way to change that is simple - win. There is nothing on Shanahan's resume as a player or the Director of Player Safety that guarantees any kind of success in his role as President of Hockey Ops.

10:45 – Bruce Arthur – National Post

There have been too many of these type of press conferences from this organization, and in the end it really doesn’t matter what Brendan Shanahan says today. Shanahan needs to embrace the way hockey is changing, and analytics offer the ability to see exactly how the game is changing. Nonis should view today as his hands being taken off the wheel, and Leiweke alluded to this sort of change since he was brought into MLSE. If the bar is winning the Stanley Cup, the Leafs are still a long way from that, and bringing in Shanahan and even a new head coach won’t fix that right away.



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