February 27: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl discuss the latest NHL trade rumours including whether Ryan Kesler and other Canucks may be moved prior to the deadline with Darren Dreger, Pierre McGuire and EJ Hradek, and Scott MacArthur checks in to recap the start of the Blue Jays’ spring training schedule.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Mike Richards and David Bastl were joined by Dave McCarthy in the first hour and talked lots of Leafs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Mike Richards and David Bastl were joined by Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger in the second hour. They talked plenty of hockey. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Mike Richards and David Bastl talked lots of hockey with EJ Hradek in the third hour. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:30 Scott MacArthur – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

Jose Bautista & Brett Lawrie had a relatively successful first day at the spring training, now it’s time to get the pitching rotation sorted out & “get prepared for the upcoming season.” The bottom line is that the pitching must be better than last year in order for Toronto to have any chance at competing in the American League East Division. Alex Anthopoulos has had high praise for Ryan Goins calling him “the teams best 2nd baseman since the Orlando Hudson era.” Another key to success for the Jays this season includes the play of Ricky Romero & Brandon Morrow. Can Romero finally revert to his All-Star form from 2011? How will Brandon Morrow’s increased upper body mass affect his performance on the mound? At this point the Blue Jays batting lineup could look something like this (Reyes, Cabrera, Bautista, Encarnacion, Lind, Lawrie, Rasmus, Navarro, Goines) however this is obviously subject to change.

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis has had a tough year (Sochi, & is rapidly approaching the end of his career) There are several teams that may have some “philosophical changes over the next few weeks” & might have interest in adding a St.Louis to their roster. The Detroit Red Wings & the Vancouver Canucks are two teams that desperately needed a win last night in order to stay in the playoff hunt. Most teams will take the next few days to determine whether they are a buyer or seller. Carey Price's injury situation is not that unique because players sometimes hide injuries from trainers because they desperately want to represent their country. Ryan Kesler rumours appear to have picked up steam in recent weeks & it’s quite possible that Vancouver uses this trade in order to “retool on the fly.” The Maple Leafs can’t afford to take the New York Islanders lightly because this team has some very intriguing prospects on the horizon (Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome) & could be a force to reckon with in the near future.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

The Maple Leafs can’t afford a “letdown game” tonight vs. the New York Islanders. New York will definitely have some “push” in their lineup & will be looking to impress management prior to the March 5th deadline. Ryan Strome is definitely considered to be “part of Islanders core” & must figure out how to fulfill some of the lofty expectations bestowed upon him. Forward Mason Raymond remains an intriguing figure as we approach Wednesday’s deadline & the Maple Leafs have some tough decisions to make in the coming days. Other names of intrigue as we approach the deadline include Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, & Martin St. Louis.

8:30 EJ Hradek – Senior Reporter NHL Network/NHL.com

The Martin St. Louis saga has been one of the biggest stories leading up to the March 5th deadline. St. Louis allegedly has interest in the New York Rangers (because he has a home in Connecticut) but this could be a very “complex deal” with many moving parts. All indications at this point suggest that New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be moved at some point prior/during the trade deadline. Callahan is expected to command north of 6-7 million dollars per season but is he really worth the money? Thomas Vanek would be a great top six addition to any club & will be a hot commodity come trade deadline. The tricky thing about this years deadline is that many teams still consider themselves to be “in the hunt.” Minnesota, St. Louis, & Washington are three teams that have expressed interested in the Ryan Miller sweepstakes.





February 26: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl discuss which teams and players may be in play come next Wednesday’s trade deadline with Pierre McGuire, and Darren Dreger checks in to chat about the Leafs’ options with unrestricted free agent Dave Bolland.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Maple Leafs get back to work, Ryan Miller talks trade rumours, & MLB agent Scott Boras explains his frustration with the Blue Jays. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger discuss the upcoming trade deadline, Raptors beat the Cavaliers, & Wichita State improves to 30-0. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Buffalo Bills radio voice John Murphy discusses the NFL combine, & Nick Costonika of Yahoo Sports talks NHL. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:30 Jack Armstrong – Toronto Raptors Analyst

No one saw the Toronto Raptors sitting at seven games above .500 this late in the regular season. Most people thought Toronto would be a 7-8th seed team in a very weak Eastern Conference but instead we clearly have “something else on our hands.” Players such as DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, & Terrence Ross have managed to “take that next step” & the fans are now reaping the rewards. Much of the credit for the Raptors turnaround should go to head coach Dwane Casey who’s now in his third year behind the bench. Casey has stressed an emphasis on defense & it’s pretty obvious that the team has bought in. General manager Masai Ujiri has been rewarded for his faith in Casey & now the question becomes “when will the Raptors offer him a contract?

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The acquisition of Ryan Miller could be the final piece that “puts the St.Louis Blues over the top.” There have been reports that the Blues are interested in a package deal for Miller/Ott which makes sense because of the Hitchcock/Armstrong/Dallas connection. The John Tavares injury doesn’t impact the New York Islanders too much because they were already “out of the playoffs” prior to the injury. Other compelling storylines include the Ottawa Senators late season surge & whether or not Detroit can make the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive year. The most important thing for the Maple Leafs moving forward is to build off the momentum they established prior to the Olympic break.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

The Carolina Hurricanes could be a very active team come trade deadline. Carolina has some good building blocks in place but at some point general manager Jim Rutherford will have to make some “tough decisions.” The Hurricanes have been carrying three goaltenders all season, is this the year they trade Cam Ward? The Maple Leafs aren’t really in the market for a rental player unless something drastic changes over the next week. Toronto must eventually arrive at a decision regarding David Bolland however it’s typically the UFA that carries the hammer in these situations. If the Maple Leafs get a “quality offer” for Bolland they may have a “change of heart.”

8:30 John Murphy – Buffalo Bills play-by-play voice host of “The John Murphy Show”

Khalil Mack did nothing at the combine to ruin the perception that he is indeed a “star on the rise.” Mack is expected to be a “top ten pick” which would be a nice feather in the cap for University of Buffalo football program. Some of the top QB’s elected “not to throw during the combine” because they are generally throwing to receivers that they are unfamiliar with. The combine is a strange experience for quarterbacks because they are throwing to receivers that they are unfamiliar with. Some players who have seen their stock drop slightly include Michael Sam despite his great story/attitude. The Houston Texans own the number once pick in the draft at might have interest in Jadeveon Clowney, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, or Khalil Mack. One player who has gotten “lost in the shuffle” was quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

8:45 Nick Cotsonika – Yahoo Sports NHL Writer

The Detroit Red Wings will be in tough to make the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season which makes them a difficult team to gauge as we get closer to the trade deadline. The Red Wings will have to rely heavily on Daniel Alfredsson if they want to keep this streak intact.






February 25: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger and Jim Ralph to discuss whether Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk can pick up where they left off following the Olympic break and if Dave Nonis will be looking to pull the trigger on any deals at the NHL trade deadline.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Maple Leafs get back to work, Jadeveon Clowney impresses at the NFL Combine, & John Gibbons discusses the Blue Jays spring training. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger talk Maple Leafs, & Winnipeg Jets goaltender "Al Montoya??" vents his frustration! Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Maple Leafs radio voice Jim Ralph joins Mike Richards & David Bastl live in-studio! Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Team Canada was easily the best team at the Olympics “by a country mile.” This team rose to the occasion & Sweden was never really in the game (aside from one shot that rang off the goalpost) The Canadians were stacked on defense (Doughty, Weber, Keith, Pietrangelo) & centre (Crosby, Toews, Duchene) which made it difficult for other teams to keep up. All of the assistant coaches (Hitchcock, Julien, Ruff, Krueger) also played an instrumental role in the gold medal victory. It will be interesting to see how long it players to readjust to the North American game after a sixteen day grind at the Olympics. One player to watch for the Maple Leafs is forward James van Riemsdyk who could have a major impact as Toronto continues to march towards a playoffs spot. Although both players have had difficult seasons David Bolland & David Clarkson are two players whose game is “built for the playoffs.”

7:45 Darren Dreger: Leafs Breakfast – NHL Insider

The Toronto Maple Leafs must find a way to copy the Team Canada blueprint & become a “little more defensively accountable.” Two players worth keeping an eye on are Phil Kessel & James Van Riemsdyk. How will these players be affected after a disheartening loss at the Olympics? The trade deadline is just over a week away & general manager Dave Nonis is rumoured to be looking for a top four defenseman. The Maple Leafs are only interested in “hockey moves” & would probably prefer to stay away from a rental player. There is still the possibility that a Jake Gardiner type of trade occurs but only if the rate of return is acceptable. Expect Bernier to start roughly 2/3 of the Leafs final twenty two games assuming he continues his level of play. Where does this leave backup goaltender James Reimer?

8:00 Jim Ralph – Maple Leafs radio colour voice (in-studio)

Mr. Ralph joined Mike & David in-studio to discuss a variety of topics regarding the Maple Leafs. Some of the talking points included: What is the contract status of David Bolland? Will James Reimer be traded? Does Brian Burke deserve more credit for Toronto’s success? Where does David Clarkson fit into the lineup?






February 24: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl chat with Brian Williams and Steve Simmons on the biggest stories from the Sochi games, and Darren Dreger checks in to recap the dominant defensive performance put forth by the Canadian men’s hockey team.


Recap:

7:15 Steve Simmons – Sun Media & The Reporters

The winter Olympics are an extraordinarily hard to pull off, therefore we should commend Russia for their efforts over the past sixteen days. The women’s gold medal hockey game between Canada & the United States was easily the most iconic moment from Sochi. Canada’s decision to have Kaillie Humphries/Heather Moyse as flag bearers at the closing ceremonies was a perfect idea. Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman did a marvelous job (three goals in six games) & finding his successor will be an extremely difficult task.

7:45 Darren Dreger: Leafs Breakfast – NHL Insider

Team Canada started to “round into form” throughout the course of the Olympics & managed to peak at just the right time. Let’s give a lot of credit to the coaching staff for establishing a game plan & executing it to perfection. The Canadians now find themselves in a precarious position as they being the search for a new general manager come 2018. Former Toronto Maple Leaf forward Leo Komarov has garnered plenty of interest due to his performance at the Olympics & is slated to become an unrestricted free agent come July 1st. Komarov initially left the NHL in order to get a better opportunity/more playing time overseas & could be a hot commodity in the summer.

8:00 Brian Williams (in-studio)

Mr. Williams joined Mike & David in-studio to share some his fondest memories of Sochi 2014. There were many compelling stories heading into these Olympics (anti-gay, terrorism, money spent on games) however we should congratulate Russia on a job well done. Hopefully NHL players decide to take part in 2018 because “the Olympics are the biggest stage in the world.”



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