February 27: Show In Review
Bryan and Jamie tee up tonight’s Leafs/Islanders game with Jonas Siegel and discuss the Ryan Kesler trade rumours and the effect Olympic injuries like the one to Carey Price are having on the playoff races with Ray Ferraro, Tony Gallagher and Aaron Ward.
Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):
Bryan and Jamie preview the Leafs matchup with the Islanders, and are joined by TSN Hockey Analyst Ray Ferraro. Hour 2 Audio
12:30 - Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province
With the Ryan Kesler rumours in full gear, Gallagher discusses what it would take for him to get dealt. He claims that many things led to this situation, which includes moving Kesler to wing and stripping him of the "A". He says that the Canucks should actually make two deals (Alex Edler as well). They're hoping for a San Jose Sharks-type rebuild but that will be hard to accomplish unless the right deals are made.
12:50 - Jonas Siegel, TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter
Jonas talked about the mental state of the team on their first gameday in over 2 weeks. He talks about the emotional letdown that these games will be for their Olympic players considering the time difference and how they felt they had to perform every game.
1:05 - Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst
Ray explains how each team is back to square one, in terms of streaks, at this point and have to focus solely on the playoffs. He then got into the Ryan Kesler discussion and how he's a terrific player that would be a great fit essentially anywhere (except for NYR - Alain Vignault). Ray finishes off by explaining why Ray Shero and the Penguins will make a move prior or at the trade deadline.
2:20 - Stephen Ames, PGA Golfer
After being inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Ames joins Bryan to discuss the honour. He then gets into golf in Canada and explains how the country has enough players for pro golf, just has to find a way to send most of them down south to be able to play. He concludes the conversation to talk about the excitement about having golf back at the Olympics and says that it's a long time coming.
2:30 - Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams, former NBA Player
JYD explains what the Raptors have to do to be successful in the playoffs, saying that they have to focus on knowing that they can compete with the best. Furthermore, he gets into what it was like being a fan favourite and how that came about. He's also compared to Amir Johnson and explains that his hockey-type mentality is a big reason why he's loved by the fanbase.
3:00 - Scott Miller, MLB Network Radio
Scott Miller talks about the Mike Trout contract and what it can end up being, in terms of numbers, as his career progresses. He also talks about the question marks surrounding the New York Yankees and how they're not necessarily going to be the best team in the league but definitely can if all their new pieces come together.
3:20 - Aaron Ward, TSN Hockey Analyst (live in-studio)
Wardo says that the Leafs will have to focus on the grind coming up and not defeat themselves. He also chats about the possibilities of Martin Brodeur being traded. Then goes into the Ryan Kesler rumours and how the team has to trade him at this point, especially now that his value is still high with every team begging for centres.
February 26: Show In Review
Bryan, Jamie and Jeff are joined by Dave Nonis to discuss the status of James Reimer and Dave Bolland heading into the trade deadline, and Sam Mitchell checks in to chat with Bryan about the Raptors post-All-Star break run.
Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):
Bryan, Jeff and Jamie are joined by Ray Ferraro and make their prop bets for the remainder of the Leafs season. Hour 2 Audio
12:30 – Dave Nonis, Toronto Maple Leafs GM
The Toronto Maple Leafs GM addresses the David Bolland situation in terms of his injury and contract. Says that he is day to day and was pretty mum on contract talks but did mention contract talk generalities (ie. “don’t need to sign UFA’s”). Nonis says how Morgan Rielly has a ton of upside and how he won’t trade any of his goalies since they’re the reason for his team’s success.
1:00 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst
Ray came on the show and talked about the St. Louis situation and how he should suck it up and play for the Bolts rather than demand a trade. He feels that Marty wants to dictate the entire situation which would be a terrible move on his part. Ray also explains why the Canucks should explore into trading some veterans, claiming that the team would not have to rebuild since they could get great, yet young, players in return.
2:15 – Sam Mitchell, TSN NBA Analyst
Mitchell comes on to talk about how this Raptors team compares to the one in 2006 that won the Atlantic Division, saying how this one’s much deeper. He also explains the importance of winning that first round in the playoffs and how it’s imperative for the Raptors to get passed that. Mitchell then says how he loves the idea of a 4-point shot in the NBA and how it should be implemented since the 3-point shot can be taken by basically anyone these days.
2:30 – Gareth Wheeler, TSN Radio Host
Our in-house soccer expert explains possible expansion of BMO Field and what it would mean to those hard core TFC fans. There are a lot of factors that come into expanding the stadium and goes into detail about how technology is so advanced that a turf for soccer and football wouldn’t be something that fans should worry about.
3:30 – James Duthie, NHL on TSN Host
Duthie explains how he had a feeling that at some point St. Louis would leave Tampa once his contract is up, saying how he was even surprised by the original extension. He also talks about how the Buffalo Sabres will definitely trade Ryan Miller but fans should not expect a blockbuster-type deal.
February 25: Show In Review
Bryan, Jamie and Jeff chat with Jay Bouwmeester about winning gold in Sochi, Ray Ferraro checks in to give his take on the Martin St. Louis rumours, and Scott Boras joins Bryan to discuss his comments on the failure of the Blue Jays’ ownership to open up their wallets this off-season.
12:30 – Jay Bouwmeester, St. Louis Blues Defenseman
Following his return from Sochi, Bouwmeester talks about what sort of adjustments he had to make in Sochi but claims that he was able to stay focused. Claims that him and Team Canada were aware of the pressures they were under but luckily were in a bubble in the Athlete’s Village.
1:05 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst
Ray addresses the Martin St. Louis rumours and why it wouldn’t be a bad move for Tampa Bay because of Marty’s age. He talks about the situation that Steve Yzerman has put him in as this story has been hovering around since St. Louis wasn’t name to Team Canada’s original roster. Ray concludes by comparing the Rangers and Lightning playoff race and where a player would rather play.
2:15 – Anne Merklinger, CEO Own the Podium
Merklinger compares the medal success of Canada between Sochi and Vancouver. She says that both were great. Merklinger also discusses the importance of every medal and why she says it doesn’t matter what sport it is, that a medal’s a medal. She then examines how Canada can improve on their summer Olympic play.
2:30 – Warren Moon, Hall of Fame QB
Moon discuses the value of the NFL combine and why the game-tape of each player means much more to the teams looking at these guys. He also discuses the use of the N-Word in the NFL and how the word has shifted to being acceptable these days compared to his time where guys were utterly disgusted by it. Moon likes the idea of having a respect rule implemented into the league as he feels there’s too much negativity in the NFL.
3:00 – Scott MacArthur, TSN 1050 Jays Reporter
Live from Dunedin, Scott explains how the Blue Jays have a high payroll but the fans have their judgment clouded because they feel they need to spend much more. He mentions how Alex Anthopoulos is confident in the 5-spot as they have enough young depth at pitching, even though they’re tremendous question marks.
3:30 – Scott Boras, MLB Agent
Famed MLB Agent talks about his comments regarding Rogers and the Blue Jays not spending any money to address their needs. He explained that the team owes their players $40M less so they have plenty of holes to fill. Claims that ownership has to give more flexibility so that they can be successful long-term.
February 24: Show In Review
Bryan, Jamie and Jeff look back at Team Canada’s gold medal win with Ray Ferraro who comments on the legacy already being established by Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby, and Mathieu Schneider checks in to comment of the NHL’s Olympic participation and Nicklas Backstrom’s gold medal game suspension.
12:15 – Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada President & CEO
Nicholson talks about the pressures of playing for Canada, which starts by just putting on the jersey. He claims that in Sochi, people are in a bubble at the Olympics. He also explains why the NHL should have their players sent to the next Winter Olympics since it is great for the game.
12:30 – Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA’s Special Assistant to Donald Fehr
Says the Russian Olympic experience to that in Vancouver and the concerns him and his colleagues had about going there. He then talks about the Backstrom suspension and how common sense should have prevailed and how the IOC should still him a silver medal. Finally, Schneider compares the NHL’s drug policy versus that of the IOC and comments about the NHL participating in the 2018 Olympics.
1:05 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst
Ray talks about Carey Price's Olympic performance. He explains why Crosby and Toews have already cemented their spot in the Hall of Fame. Ray also reflects on the officiating at the games and why the IOC is a joke because of the Backstrom situation.
2:30 – Dave Zirin, Edge of Sports & The Nation
Zirin reflects on Jason Collins’ debut last night but explains why Michael Sam will have a bigger impact on the game, citing that Collins had more control of where he would end up. He also gives his take on the Olympics and how it was an unholy marketing ploy for Putin.
3:00 – Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun
Live from Sochi, Buffery talks about what the Olympic games were like now that it’s all over. Says that it didn’t have the same feel like Vancouver where you saw the locals around a lot. Also talks about how these were seen as a great Olympics since Canada had so much success and how different the games would be without the NHL players.
3:35 – Kirstine Stewart, Head of Twitter Canada
Discusses the top five topics discussed on Twitter in regards to the Olympics and reveals that three of those were about the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team. She also says how the Canadian hashtag #WeAreWinter trended worldwide on the last day of the Olympics. Finally she delves into the censorship on Twitter.
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