January 31: Show In Review
Bob and Matt discuss the Leafs Saturday night matchup versus the Senators and how Randy Carlyle has helped right the ship after a poor start to the month with Ian Mendes and Craig Button, and Josh Lewenberg checks in to explain why Kyle Lowry’s reputation around the NBA may have led to his All-Star omission.
9:15 - Craig Button, TSN Resident Scout
It wasn’t long ago that the media and fans were calling for the head of Randy Carlyle and the entire Maple Leafs team, but it’s really hard to been consistent throughout the season, especially considering the injury troubles they’ve had throughout the season. Tim Gleason was a very good pickup, as he’s freed up some of the other D-Men to focus more on the offensive side of the ice.
10:00 - Ian Mendes, TSN 1200 Ottawa
Mendes discussed the new broadcasting deal put in place between the Sens and TSN which will last for 12 years, worth $400 million, and Mendes mentions that this deal will give the franchise stability.
10:45 - Josh Lewenberg, TSN 1050 Raptors Reporter
The omission of Kyle Lowry shows the flaws of the All-Star voting process. Lowry is a deserving All-Star, and Joe Johnson’s inclusion over him represents a need to include players from different team, and perhaps a bias against including two different Toronto Raptors.
January 30: Show In Review
Bob and Matt chat with Seahawks tight end Luke Wilson about how he’s dealing with the Super Bowl atmosphere, Israel Gutierrez checks in to explain why Kyle Lowry deserves an All-Star selection, and Rich Griffin joins the boys to discuss why he thinks the Jays are primed to make a free agent splash.
9:15 - James Mirtle, Globe and Mail:
By no means does it appear that the Leafs feel that they’re safe and secure in a playoff spot, and it’s ultimately going to come down to which team has the best finish. Not sure how sustainable Bozak’s success is going to be, and they’ll need more production from their secondary scoring to keep up their winning ways.
10:00 - Rich Griffin, Toronto Star:
Both Santana and Jimenez would be good fits for the Jays, but Ubaldo moreso due to his propensity to keep the ball in the ballpark. The Jays seems very confident that they have the money and the ability to ink one of these starting pitcher.
10:30 - Israel Gutierrez, ESPN
Kyle Lowry’s numbers have been exceptional in the last month or so, he definitely deserves to be an all-star. LeBron matched Durant last night essentially, but there’s no denying that Durant has really elevated his game in the absence of Russell Westbrook and has to be considered the favourite for MVP at this point.
11:15 - Luke Willson, Seattle Seahawks Tight End
Percy Harvin is one of the most dynamic athletes in the league, and he really adds another dimension to the offence that could make a difference on Sunday. Has done many interviews with Canadian media and American media, and definitely prefers doing the Canadian stuff.
11:30 - Dan Hampton, Pro Football Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle w/ the Bears
The Hall of Famer joined the show to chat about inventing the Gatorade dump, and how there is without doubt a place for a dominant defence. This game is going to be about if the Seahawks can get enough pressure on Manning, and if they can’t, they’re going to lose.
January 29: Show In Review
Bob and Matt are joined by Andre Reed to talk Super Bowl XLVIII and discuss the keys to playing in cold weather games.
January 28: Show In Review
Live from the ACC, Bob and Matt tee up Lightning-Leafs with Jonas Siegel, Jamie McLennan and Adam Proteau and discuss how Martin St. Louis has stepped up in a big way in the absence of Steven Stamkos.
9:15 – Co-host of Leafs Lunch Jamie McLennan
Discussed the goaltending duo for the Leafs. It can last short term between Bernier and Reimer and especially during a playoff run, but when it comes to long term, it’s hard to see Reimer happy being the back up to Bernier. Bishop gives Tampa a chance to win night in and night out and is a Vezina candidate. St. Louis is also another reason why the Lightning has a chance to make a run in the playoffs as he is showing the management of Canada that they made a mistake on leaving him off the roster.
9:30 – Rod Smith
Joined the show from Newark as he is covering the Super Bowl. The story of the Super Bowl is the battle between the best offence and the best defence. Rob Ford was seen yesterday wearing an Orlando Franklin jersey of the Denver Broncos and it is always evident that Canadian players playing in the NFL are going to be top stories.
10:20 – TSN 1050 Maple Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel
Believes that the Leafs know what tweak they have to make heading into the next six games prior to the Olympics. The team is 54 games into the season, if they can upgrade their roster they will have to do it. They’re going to get Bolland back soon on the second line. The top line is playing a lot of minutes and the third line should play more to balance the minutes because JVR and Kessel aren’t going to get a break because of the Olympics.
10:30 – Michael Landsberg
Discussed Bell Let’s Talk day and believes that when talking about mental illness we shouldn’t talk about it with shame. It would be huge to see someone on the Maple Leafs who came out and said that they were struggling with mental health and talk to a psychiatrist. The perception of mental illness being a weakness is fatal. There are a lot of doors open to mental health over the last five years.
11:00 – Tampa Bay Lightning beat reporter Erik Erlendsson
Discussed the disappoint Martin St. Louis had when he heard that he wasn’t going to be on the Olympic roster. He was left off the 2010 team hurt a lot and being left out of this Olympic experience was another stab in the wound. Players want to prove that they are a good team when they come to cities that are big hockey markets.
11:30 - Adam Proteau of The Hockey News
Looked at all the Canadian market hockey teams and believes that the Maple Leafs are the most stable. Tampa is a great team to make a run right now even without Stamkos. Ben Bishop is a goalie who can have a successful year and then the next season is a different goalie. He looks fantastic right now and their defence is underrated. Coaches have become managers now because they’re managing people where they have to tweak players. Tortorella doesn’t know how to manage personalities although he is a great “X and O” guy.
January 27: Show In Review
Bob and Matt are joined by Jonas Siegel
and Martin Biron
to chat about the recent struggles of James Reimer, and James Duthie
drops by to discuss the NHL’s weekend Stadium Series games.
9:15 - Jonas Siegel, TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter:
James Reimer didn’t get much help in Winnipeg, but there’s no arguing that his performance has dipped. This is a guy who got this team to game 7 against the Bruins, and this has been a real difficult season for him. Getting 5 of 8 points is definitely a positive, but there’s no denying that there were many instances of poor play over the course of the trip.
10:00 - Martin Biron, Longtime NHL Goaltender, NHL on TSN Analyst:
It’s not easy for a guy like James Reimer to play so infrequently behind Jonathan Bernier. It’s difficult to get into a rhythm, and it seems as if he has a bad start he could be glued to the bench for a longer stretch of games. Most people have Price as their number 1 for Canada, and when Price gets into the Olympic environment, he can really thrive.
10:30 - James Duthie, NHL on TSN
James recalled his time as a backup placekicker in his high school days, and how he was called into action following an injury to the Dan Bailey of his high school. With the Stadium Series, it’s ironic that the California game had better conditions than the New York game. They also chatted about the Grammys.
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