February 14: Show In Review
Mike and Dave Bastl tee up Canada’s second game of the Olympics with Darren Dreger, chat with Bill Daly about the NHL’s interest in future Olympic participation and Alex Anthopoulos checks in to discuss whether he anticipates making a free agent pitching move to bolster the Jays rotation.
February 13: Show In Review
Mike and Dave Bastl tee up Thursday’s Olympic hockey matchups and talk to Darren Dreger about what Darren Dreger,Mike Babcock expects from his team in the tourney’s first game, and Scott Oak checks in to discuss whether Canada can maintain their early podium success.
8:00 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider
Anze Kopitar has often been referred to as “the Slovenian Sidney Crosby” however this team will be hard pressed to make a serious dent in the tournament. Team Sweden & Finland have managed to overcome serious injuries early on however, this is the type of tournament where “you can’t afford to take anyone lightly.” Team USA’s decision to start goaltender Jonathan Quick was mildly surprising because of his “up & down season.” It should be interesting to see if the Americans turn to Ryan Miller during Saturday’s game vs. Russia. Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock is expected to use the next few games to “work out the kinks & establish some chemistry.”
8:30 Scott Oake – CBC Sports Olympic Broadcaster
Canada’s prolific start has been a treat to watch however, we should expect the medal count to “level out” as the tournament progresses. Alpine skier Erik Guay was visibly disappointed with his tenth place downhill finish & might have “put too much pressure on himself” prior to these Olympics.
February 12: Show In Review
Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Alex Bilodeau to discuss his gold medal run and the inspiration he draws from his brother, and Jack Armstrong checks in to preview tonight’s Raptors matchup with the Hawks on TSN 1050 and chats about where the team is at heading into the All-Star break.
Alex Bilodeau – 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Moguls
Alex talked about what the past 48 hours have been for him after winning back-to-back Olympic gold medals. Alex talked about his run and how he expected to win again laying down the best run of his career. Alex talked about retiring after the season is over and what a career it has been. He talked about how his brother has been his inspiration his entire life and career.
Jack Armstrong – Raptors Colour Analyst
Jack talked about their big matchup tonight against Atlanta and they may be without Amir Johnson. Jack graded the Raptors and gave them a ‘B’ after 51 games based on their play and effort. He praised the efforts of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan and talked about how the Rudy Guy trade turned their season around.
February 11: Show In Review
Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC
Pierre joined Mike and Dave from Sochi and spoke about Pavel Datsyuk injury status and the news that he is listed as 100% for the tournament. Pierre talks about Canada’s line combinations and he feels they will change many times before their first game begins. Pierre says Canada shutdown specialist will be Toews and Bergeron will be the main face-off guy. Pierre feels tandems will be the key for Canada like Perry-Getlaf and Sharp-Toews. Pierre says Luongo and Price should get a game each because of their weaker opponents. Pierre had lots of respect for the Finland’s effort against the Canadian women Monday. Pierre says Canada must play a faster game if they have a chance against the Americans if not they will not win a gold medal. Pierre says Hillary Knight is ‘ripped’ and is one of the Americans best players and she could be the most dominant player in the women’s game. Pierre says the Canada-U.S. rivalry is ‘nasty’ and one of the best in hockey.
Justine, Chleo, Maxime Dufour – Lapointe Sisters
Justine talked about always dreaming she would win a gold medal after seeing Maxime compete in Vancouver. Chleo talks about winning a silver and so happy for her sister winning gold. Maxime talks about the bittersweet moment after her disappointing result but happy for her sister’s accomplishments. Justine is very proud of her sport and how successful Canada in the moguls.
Grant Fuhr – Hockey Hall of Fame Goaltender
Grant talked about the glory days playing with the Oilers and talked about how close knit they were. Grant loved the Oilers all his life growing up an Oilers fan. Grant talked about how good the Smythe Division was with the Flames, Jets, and Canucks and the Oilers knew if they could survive the division they had a good chance at the Stanley Cup. Grant feels the goaltending style around the league is starting to go back to the older days where goaltenders have to be mobile. Grant talked about his masks which he has kept except for 2 of them in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Grant talked about his love for Glenn Hall and Tony Esposito. Grant likes to watch Luongo, Lehtonen, and Bernier right now. Grant talked about his love of golf and playing some Canadian Tour events. Grant talks about writing a new book about his life which should be released in September. Grant says if Steve Smith didn’t make the gaffe on him the Oilers would have won the Stanley Cup in 86’. Grant talked about playing in the Canada Cup which is his Olympics. Grant talks about the pressure playing international hockey for Canada even though the Stanley Cup is the ultimate prize. Grant feels the home country is under the most pressure to win gold. Grant would start Luongo in Canada’s net then play Carey Price in game 2. Grant talks about the explosion of Finnish goaltenders around the NHL and says they are technically sound.
Leafs Breakfast w/Darren Dreger
Darren talked Olympic hockey and talked about Mike Babcock and how he will juggle the lines for Canada. Darren feels there will be multiple changes before the first game. Darren talked about Babcock wanting Jeff Carter to feed Sidney Crosby the puck and if it does not work then he will find someone else who will. Darren talks about some of the dark horses in Sochi but says there is so much parity it is too close to call.
February 10: Show In Review
Mike and Dave Bastl recap the Leafs weekend win over the Canucks with Darren Dreger and chat about how the team is in a solid spot with the Olympic break hitting, and Aaron Ward and Andi Petrillo check in to tee up the men’s Olympic hockey tournament.
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