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March 7: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss the Sochi Olympics and his earliest hockey memories, and Darren Dreger and Steve Simmons check in to tee up Saturday’s Leafs/Flyers game and take a look back at the James van Riemsdyk/Luke Schenn deal.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike and Dave recapped last nights action in the NHL and previewed the Raptors game tonight. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike and Dave were joined by Pierre McGuirre, Steve Simmons and Darren Dreger to preview tomorrow's Leafs game against the Flyers. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike and Dave were joined by Stephen Harper to discuss the Olympics and Jim Ralph to preview Leafs and Flyers. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The San Jose Sharks played a very physical game last night vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins & managed to escape with a 5-3 victory. The Boston Bruins dismantled the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-0 & seem to receive a much needed boost from the acquisition of defenseman Andrej Meszaros. The Vancouver Canucks are in a precarious position after last night’s 6-1 loss vs. the Dallas Stars. Vancouver probably needs to win 3/5 of their next games in order to stay on the playoff race. The Detroit Red Wings retired the jersey of former captain Nick Lidstrom yesterday at Joe Louis Arena. Lidstrom might be one of the best defenseman & never “lost his cool with the younger players.” Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon continues to impress & appears to be the leading candidate for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger & Steve Simmons

Former Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke absolutely stole winger James van Riemsdyk away from the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman (Luke Schenn) that might not even be able to crack a top four defensive pairing on an NHL team. James van Riemsdyk has been a perfect compliment for Phil Kessel & Toronto is the one reaping the rewards. The Maple Leafs have allowed a disturbing amount of short handed goals on their power play & must figure out a way to rectify this before the playoffs begin.

8:00 Prime Minister: Stephen Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined Mike Richards & David Bastl for an exclusive sit-down chat to discuss a variety of topics including; most memorable moments from Sochi, earliest hockey memories, how the NHL should settle ties after regulation, & an update on his friendly bet with U.S. President Barack Obama.


8:45 Jim Ralph – TSN 1050 Maple Leafs Colour Commentator

James van Riemsdyk has matured beautifully since the Luke Schenn deal & appears to have “take the next step” in his development. Tyler Bozak might not the most dynamic player in the NHL however he has established strong chemistry with line-mates Phil Kessel & James van Riemsdyk. Toronto now enters a crucial stretch of the season & if they are able to stay above .500 on the upcoming road trip they should be able in good shape come playoff time in April.





March 6: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl recap the Leafs win over the Rangers and discuss all the moves leading up to yesterday’s deadline including Steve Yzerman’s handling of Martin St. Louis with Darren Dreger and Pierre McGuire, and Rich Griffin checks in to debate whether the Jays can count on Brandon Morrow after another rough start.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike & Dave recap the madness from yesterday's NHL trade deadline, & the Maple Leafs defeat the Rangers in overtime. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike and Dave broke down yesterday's NHL trades with Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike and Dave talked to Richard Griffin, Gary Green and Stephen Whyno. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Martin St. Louis saga has made him appear a bit “selfish” however at the end of the day Marty did what was best for his family. General Manager Steve Yzerman actually pulled off a good trade considering the fact that his hands were pretty much tied behind his back. The St. Louis trade could also help rejuvenate the career of centre Bradley Richards. Former New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan now goes into Tampa Bay & should provide an immediate boost to the Lightning’s penalty kill. Some other notable transactions yesterday included Matt Moulson to Minnesota, Thomas Vanek to Montreal, Ales Hemsky to Ottawa, Marian Gaborik to Los Angeles, & Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a team that is still rebuilding therefore they couldn’t afford to make many “high risk trades.” Remember it’s impossible to “try & speed up your growth by foolishly trading away draft picks.”

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

No one really knows the exact truth behind the Martin St. Louis saga however; Marty still has plenty of game left even though he’s inching towards the end of a solid career. Meanwhile the Lightning pick up a “heart & soul” player & general manager Steve Yzerman should be commended for executing a difficult trade. The Toronto Maple Leafs expressed serious interest in the Thomas Vanek sweepstakes but were not willing to part with any assets unless it was a “hockey deal.” Now the focus shifts towards the imminent return of David Bolland however, the exact timeline of his return is not known at this particular junction. On a side note musician Lester Mclean was easily the biggest star of trade deadline.

8:15 Richard Griffin – Toronto Star MLB Columnist

Most teams that are considered to be contenders need three guys at the top of a pitching rotation that can carry you for 200+ innings. Yesterday’s outing suggests that Brandon Morrow is not that type of player & indicates that Toronto perhaps should look for another option at the #3 spot. Two players that could fill out the back half of the Jays rotation include Todd Redmond & Drew Huchison. The Sergio Santos rumours won’t seem to go away & there is a chance he could be traded for pitcher help somewhere down the road. Melky Cabrera is a played that could have a renaissance season after having a tumour removed from his back & we also have to wonder how the addition of Dioner Navarro & subtraction of J.P. Arencibia will affect the team. Other teams that could surprise & contend for a wild card spot include the Seattle Mariners.

8:30 Gary Green – Former NHL Network Analyst & Head Coach

The Martin St. Louis saga is finally over with & we should commend general manager Steve Yzerman for a job well done considering the circumstances. Now only time will tell who won the Callahan/St.Louis trade & the Rangers continue to live up to their reputation of “making big moves near the trade deadline.” The Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers trade makes sense because this is the city where he established himself as a legitimate number one goaltender. Sometimes teams have to make these types of moves in order to sell tickets.

8:45 Stephen Whyno – NHL Reporter Canadian Press

The Montreal Canadiens should be happy with the Thomas Vanek trade because they essentially stole him away from the New York Islanders for peanuts. Vanek instantly becomes the Canadiens leading scorer & a dynamic winger is something they haven’t had since the Alexei Kovalev era. The Maple Leafs now turn their attention towards David Bolland as he tries to recover from a serious injury sustained November 2nd vs. Vancouver.





March 5: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl tee up today’s NHL trade deadline with Darren Dreger, Aaron Ward, Steve Simmons and Pierre McGuire and debate whether Dave Nonis will pull the trigger on a deal including either Jake Gardiner or Nik Kulemin.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike Richards and David Bastl discuss the Luongo deal and talk trade deadline. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike Richards were joined by Darren Dreger and Aaron Ward, Pierre McGuire and Steve Simmons for NHL trade deadline talk. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike Richards and David Bastl were joined by Jerry Springer and Kenny Albert. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:00 Darren Dreger & Aaron Ward – NHL Insiders

The Roberto Luongo saga has finally come to a conclusion & the Florida Panthers feel that they have finally acquired an “elite level goaltender.” Most people felt that this type of trade would materialize during the summer however the Panthers new ownership in sped up the whole process. The Vancouver Canucks are now left with a goaltending tandem of Markstrom/Lack & one has to wonder if they indeed have “enough to make the playoffs.” The Ryan Kesler rumours continue to fester with up to twelve teams showing serious interest. Longtime New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur submitted a list of 8-9 teams that he is interested in. Brodeur is looking for an increased role with a new club & it should be interesting to see where he lands. Columbus Blue Jackets sniper Marian Gaborik is an intriguing figure however he has a tendency to disappear for long stretches at the most inopportune times. The Carolina Hurricanes & Columbus Blue Jackets are two teams worth keeping an eye on as the trade deadline progresses. General Manager Dave Nonis has indicated a willingness to trade but will only participate if he can pull of a “hockey deal.” Toronto seems determined to bolster their top four defense & a name like Jake Gardiner could be in play.

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Last night’s Roberto Luongo trade helped shed some light as to why he didn’t start the Heritage Classic last Sunday vs. the Ottawa Senators. The Florida Panthers made a “significant investment” yesterday & might have more planned moves on the horizon. Jacob Markstrom was once considered to be a can’t miss prospect, can he can turn around his career in Vancouver? Most people thought that Martin Brodeur was heading to Minnesota Wild before they turned around and acquired Ilya Bryzgalov. Tim Thomas, Matt Moulson, Alex Hemsky, & Thomas Vanek are other players worth keeping your eye on. At this point it seems highly likely that Ryan Kesler is traded at some point today & might be part of a 3-4 component type of deal. The Los Angeles Kings are interested in acquiring offense & appear to have their sights set on Marian Gaborik, Thomas Vanek, & Matt Moulson.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Steve Simmons – Sun Media & The Reporters

The best thing for the Maple Leafs right now is to get David Bolland back to 100% health. Toronto might have interested in a “player for player” deal but just haven’t found the right pieces. If the Maple Leafs make any trades today they would probably be of a minor variety. General Manager Dave Nonis is not a “reactionary guy” & definitely has some trades he would like to make. Nonis prefers to make trades in the summer when teams are slightly more flexible. On a side not forward David Clarkson has been a major disappointment & must find a way to turn things around.

8:30 Kenny Albert – Fox Sports/MSG Network Play-by-Play Broadcaster

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is a heart/soul type of player that brings lots of intangibles to the table, will he be dealt before the trade deadline…only time will tell. Trade deadline is a difficult day for the players because they have to adjust to their new surroundings in a very short time period. New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather might be looking for some more size on the wing & a bit of depth on the blue line. The Ryan Kesler to the Rangers rumours appear to have picked up steam due to his relationship with coach Alain Vigneault.





March 4: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl break down the third straight loss for the Leafs with Darren Dreger and chat about the latest rumours ahead of tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline with Pierre McGuire, Barry Melrose and Mike Johnson.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Maple Leafs fall to Columbus, Lebron scores 61 points, R.A. Dickey discusses the Jays upcoming season, & Rob Ford guest stars on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger break down the Maple Leafs loss vs. Blue Jackets, & "Roberto Luongo??" discusses not starting in the Heritage Classic. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Barry Melrose and Mike Johnson joined Mike Richards and David Bastl to discuss trading deadline. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The “silly season” has officially begun & the twitter-verse has put a unique spin on trade deadline however fake social media accounts are no laughing matter. The Vancouver Canucks are seriously contemplating trading forward Ryan Kesler. The Canucks are trying to re-tool on the fly & Vancouver is not exactly a prospect rich team. At this point it would probably take “3-4 components in order to get a deal done.” The Columbus Blue Jackets have come to a crossroads with sniper Marian Gaborik & must quickly decide his future with the team over the next twenty four hours. Perhaps the Los Angeles Kings are the perfect fit for Gaborik? Thomas Vanek/Andrew MacDonald, Martin St. Louis, & Ryan Callahan are a few other names worth keeping an eye on. The Maple Leafs must figure out a way to “stabilize themselves” over the next two games in order to get things back on track.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

The Maple Leafs are entering the crucial part of the season & need to “push through” in order to regain their level of play prior to the Olympic break. James Reimer played well enough to get the win last night however beyond Kessel/JVR/Bozak there really isn’t a lot of scoring on this team. Toronto may have engaged in preliminary discussions with Vancouver re: Ryan Kesler but so have about twelve other teams. There are many rumoured components to this trade (perhaps Jake Gardiner/Nazem Kadri & a draft pick) in order to get this deal done? The Leafs probably wouldn’t do this trade if Morgan Rielly is involved.

8:15 Mike Johnson – NHL on TSN

The salary cap has made NHL trades just that much more difficult. There are only 6-7 teams that won’t make the playoffs this season (which has led to some very high prices). Trade deadline is fun for everyone…except the players. Social media has transformed trade deadline into a full day event. Mr. Johnson also shared some memorable experiences including getting traded for Darcy Tucker near the deadline.

8:45 Barry Melrose – ESPN/NHL Network Analyst

Trade deadline has almost turned into a comedic turn of events thanks to the introduction of social media. The reality is that the majority of these deals take place before the trade deadline, much to the chagrin on fans. Detroit & Ottawa are two dark horse teams that could be poised to make some noise on trade deadline. New York forward/captain Ryan Callahan remains a heart & soul player on the Rangers therefore, why would the team turn around & trade him? The Vancouver Canucks are a desperate team that might need to make a trade in order to get into the playoffs. Vancouver/Ottawa could be the most aggressive out of the Canadian teams & Ryan Kesler would be a solid addition to any team.



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