July 3: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Dave Feschuk break down the Leafs’ depth signings of Mike Santorelli and Petri Kontiola with Mike Johnson and Darren Dreger, and Mark Masters checks in to discuss Genie Bouchard reaching the Wimbledon final and Milos Raonic’s semi-final matchup with Roger Federer.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk are joined by Mark Masters to talk Wimbledon, and also touch on Kyle Lowry signing with the Raptors. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk are joined by Dirk Hayhurst to talk Blue Jays and Mike Johnson to talk about the Leafs additions on Thursday. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk are joined by Darren Dreger to chat NHL offseason, and Josh Lewenberg to discuss the Raptors re-signing Kyle Lowry. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Mark Masters, Live From Wimbledon

TSN Reporter Mark Masters joined the show from Wimbledon to talk about the success of Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard at the Championships. Bouchard became the first Canadian to advance to a Grand Slam final, and has quickly become a fan favourite in England. Bouchard was the junior champion two years ago, so she has tasted success there before. Raonic will face Roger Federer in the semi-final, and with his improved movement on grass could lead to an upset of the legendary champion.

Mike Johnson, NHL on TSN

NHL on TSN Analyst Mike Johnson joined the program to talk about the Leafs signing Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli. Both players will give the club depth at center, but neither will solve their issues on the first line. Leafs relied too much on their top-two lines last year, and these players will help the third and fourth lines. Johnson also talked about playing with Alex Kovalev in Montreal, following the talented forward's retirement today, and who should be the next captain of the Canadiens.

Dirk Hayhurst, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst

TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst Dirk Hayhurst joined the program to talk about the Blue Jays at the halfway point of the season. The success of the starting pitching is the main reason the Blue Jays have shocked everyone and sit in first place in the AL East. The club needs to add another arm to the rotation but names like David Price and Jeff Samardzija will likely bring too high an asking price. Hayhurst also talks about a recent article he penned regarding the use of marijuana in the Major Leagues, and how it could grow into a problem.

Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to talk about the Leafs following the signings of Mike Santorelli and Petri Kontiola. The signings likely ends the Leafs pursuit of David Legwand, leaving Santorelli, Kontiola and Peter Holland in competition for the third-line center spot. Both defensive signings Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas aren't top-end defenseman, but will help the club. Dreger also talks about rumours on the futures of Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Babcock, James Reimer and Vincent Lecavalier.

Josh Lewenberg, TSN 1050 Raptors Reporter

TSN 1050 Raptors Reporter Josh Lewenberg joined the program to talk about the new contract for Kyle Lowry. The signing was expected by the club as evident by their confidence throughout the process. The maturity Lowry showed last year made this signing a no-brainer. The Raptors now will likely have to wait until 2015 for any other significant additions. The Bruno Caboclo draft pick was a shock to almost everyone but the Raptors are high on him. Lewenberg also speculates on where LeBron James and Chris Bosh will end up.





July 2: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Steve Simmons are joined by Dave Poulin to discuss how the Leafs off-season moves have been made in order to increase the compete-level on the team, and Darren Dreger checks in to break down the Islanders’ signings of Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons were joined by Jon Werthheim. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons were joined by Dave Poulin and Bruce Arthur. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons were joined by Rick Westhead, Darren Dreger and Tim Graham. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated

Wertheim says he can’t remember a tennis player who’s improved athletically as much as Raonic has in the last few years. Raonic is lining up against Roger Federer, and if his serve isn’t dialed in, it could be a long day for Raonic. That being said, it’s going to be a road game for Raonic, as the Wimbledon fans love Federer. That being said, if Raonic can catch Federer on the right day, considering his age, you can’t rule out an upset. With Eugenie, you could easily make the case that she’s the favourite in the Final 4 of the Women’s draw.

Dave Poulin, Toronto Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Operations

Poulin says that with Dave Bolland, there’s a certain number that just doesn’t work for your hockey club. Bolland decided on a situation where it was a better financial fit. The willingness to compete is a very important component for the Leafs, and all 3 of the players that the Leafs brought in yesterday have those character traits. For Leo Komarov, having the security of that base, in the 4-year deal, that factored in on his return to the NHL, but the Leafs had a lot of interest in getting Komarov back. Poulin says that you have to have a plan, and you can’t have knee-jerk reactions on July 1. Poulin says he’s not surprised that Grabovski and Kulemin were a package deal, because they’re close friends and share the same agent.

Bruce Arthur, Toronto Star, TSN’s The Reporters

Arthur expects the money in Toronto to be better than anywhere else, and you have to remember that with Lowry, he’s spent his career bouncing around, and he was beloved in this city by the end of last season. As much as Lowry comes with question marks, he’s what you have to do if you want to continue the roll of good feelings behind the team. Arthur says that between Bolland, Grabovski and Kulemin and their respective contracts, he’d take Grabovski’s because he contributes the most in an all-around game. Arthur says that if you’re the Leafs, you should be trying to be bad next year, not trying to improve, especially considering the quality of the draft.

Rick Westhead, Toronto Star

Westhead says that the damages that the Steve Moore lawyers are looking for has gotten up to $68M, but the vast majority of cases end up in a settlement. There are a lot of different fingers in the legal pie with this case, and there’s no denying that the NHL and its partners want this story to go away as quickly as possible.


Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

Dreger believes that the Islanders have improved, but they need to shore up their defence. If Halak is good, and Garth Snow is able to add a piece on the back end, this team could be pretty good. When teams start to panic a little bit, they have defined needs, and the Islanders overpaid for both Kulemin and Grabovski, and while these are good players, they aren’t game changers. Dreger says that the Leafs have to be very careful in how they invest their money, and they could wait until closer to training camp to fill some of their needs.

Tim Graham, Buffalo News

Graham says that because Kiko Alonso’s injury didn’t occur at the Bills facility, it’s a possibility, although unlikely, that they could withhold his salary. That being said, it is unlikely, and there will be a contentious battle for his job in camp this year.






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