May 30: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan and Jeff break down the Rangers closing out the Habs in Game 6 and tee up tonight’s Game 6 between the Hawks and Kings on TSN 1050 with Ray Ferraro, and Michael Del Zotto joins the show to chat about New York’s Cup chances and his trade to the Predators.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 1 of Leafs Lunch. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 2 of Leafs Lunch. Hour 2 Audio





May 29: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan and Jonas Siegel are joined by Ray Ferraro to debate whether Henrik Lundqvist can bounce back from being yanked from the net in Game 5, and Dan Shulman joins Bryan to discuss why the Jays are not a 90 win team unless they make an upgrade to their pitching staff.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 1 of Leafs Lunch. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 2 of Leafs Lunch. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 1 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 2 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

12:15 – Jim Fox, Kings TV Colour Analyst

Jim Fox says that Drew Doughty is an outstanding defenseman and does so many things right: skating, vision, all of it. He calls him a kid playing on a pond because of how happy he is. He said there was a concern about Mike Richards’ fitness going in to training camp and he says that his role has changed this year. He admits that Richards was a big part of the 2012 cup run and says that this year he took a step back.

12:50 – Kyle Cicerella, Canadian Press

Kyle Cicerella joins Leafs Lunch to talk about the Toronto Marlies playoff series. He says Steve Spott isn’t happy with his forwards and there has been too many neutral zone turnovers. If the Marlies can get through Texas, than they have a good shot at winning the Calder Cup. Peter Holland and Jerry D’Amigo are under pressure because they are likely to have roles on next seasons Leafs teams. On the much debated topic of T.J Brennan, he says that he’s never proved himself defensively, hence why he’s never made the Leafs.

1 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

Ray says that the Blackhawks/Kings game was spectacular. He thinks that last night’s hockey game featured everything to love about the NHL. He says that the pace has changed the way the games are being played. On the Canadiens/Rangers series, he said he’s taking Henrik Lundqvist over Dustin Tokarski, simply because he doesn’t believe that Lundqvist can stink it up for three straight games. He thinks that out of the two series’ that the Canadiens have a better chance to come back.

2:15 – Jack Armstrong, Raps/ NBA Analyst

TSN NBA analyst Jack Armstrong doesn’t think that the Raptors are targeting Tyler Ennis, but by working him out, in case he falls to the Raps at 20, the Raptors will have enough info on him. He says its possible that if Tyler Ennis did fall to the Raptors, he would be third on the Raptors depth chart. He questions whether Terrence Ross is a starting three in the NBA, and says that’s an area that they can improve on in the draft. Jack thinks that you got to be concerned about Lance Stephenson, because he’s a guy that could get a lot of money and term from a team, because he’s so unpredictable.

3 – Dan Shulman, ESPN

Dan Shulman joins Bryan for half an hour to talk about the Blue Jays hot streak right now. He thinks that the starting rotation has been fantastic and that they are getting contributions from many starters and that’s certainly a positive development. He questions whether the team could win 90 games and suggests that the team is more like an 82-85 win team. The Blue Jays seem to be getting just enough from role players, which has benefited the team. The Blue Jays, with Brett Lawrie & Jose Bautista, are a cocky team and that’s something you either love or hate. Shulman discusses the Blue Jays chances of getting on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball and he outlines the complicated procedure to how teams are picked. The team isn’t being ignored and says they’ll likely get on a Monday or Wednesday game.

3:30 – Pierre LeBrun, TSN Hockey Insider

LeBrun says the league followed concussion protocol regarding Dale Weise, but that protocol isn’t exactly transparent. He says that the NHLPA is also part of the problem. He thinks that Henrik Lundqvist is under a lot of pressure and with his calm demeanor, we don’t often think about him in that regard, but he wants to make it to the Stanley Cup finals more than anyone on the Rangers. On the Blackhawks/Kings game, he said that he was amazed with the pace. He calls Drew Doughty an amazing player who is likely the MVP for the Kings so far.





May 28: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan, Jamie and Jeff recap the Canadiens' Game 5 win over the Rangers with Francois Gagnon, discuss whether Jonathan Toews and the Hawks can avoid elimination versus the Kings tonight on TSN 1050, and Bryan is joined by Bills receiver Sammy Watkins, who talks about his NFL transition and the high expectations he has coming into his rookie season.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 1 of Leafs Lunch. Joined by Francois Gagnon. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 2 of Leafs Lunch. Joined by Ray Ferraro and Todd Richards. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 1 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Joined by Sammy Watkins and Eric Fehr. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 2 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Joined by Dirk Hayhurst and James Duthie. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

12:30 – Francois Gagnon, RDS Analyst

Gagnon thinks that it was pivotal for the Montreal Canadiens to score the first goal in the series. When Tokarski gave up the bad goal, he thought the Bell Centre went dead. He thought the Habs were “dead” twice, but was impressed with how they rebounded. He says it wouldn’t have made sense for the Canadiens to pull Tokarski because it would have caused more problems than it would have helped. However, he thought the situation was ideal to pull Lundquist, as it would give him time to recharge and get ready for game six.

1 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

Ray says that trash talking between fans and players should be a two-way street; players can’t just take abuse from fans and not have the ability to chirp back. They go back-and-forth on heckling stories, with Noodles recounting knowing the heckler who brought up the police discussion with Crawford. Ray believes that Crawford will be fined for the incident. He was impressed with the L.A Kings in game four and says that the Blackhawks are running on fumes. The Kings have won all the battles and says it looks like the series has gotten away from the Blackhawks. He thinks the Minnesota Wild are a team that are ready to break out, but says that their goaltending needs to step up. He thinks that the Colorado Avalanche could regress because their defense is lacking.

1:30 – Todd Richards, Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach

Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards joins Leafs Lunch in wake of his recent two-year contract extension. He says in order to carry momentum from their playoff series over to next year, the team needs to work hard over the offseason. On forward Ryan Johansen, Richards thinks that he can become a very important player. He thinks Columbus is a great hockey town, but admits that winning certainly makes things better. He says that he has a line of communication with the GM and ownership in terms of roster decisions, which he calls a valuable dialogue.

2:15 – Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

Sammy Watkins says he is working hard every day to get ready for the NFL and he wants people to fear the Bills offense each time they step on the field. Watkins and Bryan joke about what he’ll do for his first NFL touchdown celebration and he says he may jump in the stands. He thinks he’s going to need to take better care of his body and schedule now that he is an NFL player. He can sense team hunger for winning now in Buffalo. He says that he isn’t going to look like the fourth overall pick right off the bat and discusses whether there is more pressure on him knowing what the Bills gave up.

2:30 – Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals forward & Blue Jays fan Eric Fehr says he thought the Blue Jays would be this good last year, not this year. He is very impressed with the Blue Jays hitters, saying that the entire lineup is producing. He’s expecting more of the same for the rest of the season. On the topic of Barry Trotz being hired, he is excited to see him bring consistency to the team. He says that the hockey market changed after Ovechkin was drafted, and the fans have been great despite the team’s recent struggles.

3 – Dirk Hayhurst, TSN 1050 Jays Analyst

Hayhurst thinks that the Blue Jays hitting is sustainable and their pitching is not. Liam Hendriks is a good strike-thrower and command pitcher, but his stuff isn’t hard enough for him to continue to have success in the big leagues. He doesn’t think the Blue Jays will go after Jeff Samarzdija and says the Orioles make more sense because they can offer young pitching and possibly sign him to an extension. He thinks that culturally speaking, Rogers won’t invest in baseball despite their cash flow and says for the Blue Jays to get there, they need to keep on winning.

3:30 – James Duthie, NHL on TSN Host

Duthie thinks that the Rangers have been overly emotional since the Prust hit on Stepan and this has hindered their performances significantly. When talking about Lundqvist, James said that they could not put him back in. After being pulled, Lundqvist is known to start preparing himself mentally for his next game. He can't see either of the Eastern Conference finalists standing a chance against the Los Angeles Kings. He is looking forward to a 5 game Stanley Cup Finals series. The next Canadiens-Rangers fixture is like a game 7 for New York. He doesn't believe that they are a capable of winning an actual 7th game at the Bell Centre.





May 27: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan, Jamie and Jeff break down the dominating win by the Kings that pushed the Hawks to the brink, and debate whether the Habs can send their series with the Rangers back to New York with John Bartlett and Ray Ferraro.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan, Jeff, and Jamie discuss last night's playoff action, and are joined by John Bartlett of TSN 690. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Bryan, Jeff, and Jamie discuss the NHL playoffs, and are joined by TSN Hockey Analyst Ray Ferraro. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by TSN 1050 Jays Analyst Chris Robinson, and Competitive Eater Molly Schuyler. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Bryan is joined by Dave Zirin of the Edge of Sports, and Dave Naylor from TSN Drive. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

12:30 – John Bartlett, Voice of the Habs on TSN 690

Montreal has already been in this situation in the playoffs, so they know how to execute in elimination games but them need to come out strong against the Rangers tonight at home. The Rangers are a quick team and the Canadiens have had a tough time adjusting to that. Subban needs to find that next level in the playoffs, he has it in him to own a game and he needs to take more shots especially on the power play. Embellishment hasn't really been talked about much heading into this game, Vigneault felt that not all the penalties they received were deserved, while Montreal was focusing on how to capitalize on those chances rather than how they were earned.

1 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

A coach has to be a salesperson to a player like Ovechkin, no matter who the player is you have to try and get them to fit your system and Trotz has a good chance of doing that. Backstrom has unbelievable skill but Ferraro doesn't think he has the make up of a number one guy. Green seems to do whatever he wants and takes unnecessary risks and the Capitals biggest problem is that they let their best guys do whatever they want. The Capitals have made moves that haven't worked out, they have some good pieces, but the team seems to be thrown together at random and not have any focus. Patrick Sharp seemed disinterested last night, he didn't have any emotion on his face and either something is wrong or he’s just tired and doesn't have anything left to give. The only way Chicago was going to win last night is if they came out and put pressure on the Kings early, but the Kings were aggressive and put on a clibic. Tokarski is the back up next year no matter the results of the playoffs, he has everything he can do with the opportunity given to him and he deserves to play for Montreal.

2:15 – Chris Robinson, TSN 1050 Jays Analyst

Blue Jays analyst Chris Robinson joins Bryan to talk about the Jays seventh straight win. Robinson says it’s frustrating to deal with inconsistent umpires because it throws off entire game plans. While it would be tough to remain reliant on the long ball, Robinson admits he’s impressed with the role players, like Steve Tolleson and Kevin Pillar, and says they’ve added a nice dimension to the Blue Jays. The bubble is going to burst soon for the Blue Jays, and Robinson says it’s how they handle that adversity that will determine their future path.

2:45 – Molly Schuyker, Competitive Eater

Competitive eater Molly Schuyler joins Bryan to talk about her career and her record breaking 72-oz steak competition yesterday. She says her competitive eating career started on a bet. She says that she is a very private person and didn’t want to discuss her craziest challenges. She says she doesn’t have any preparation when she goes for big eats and it’s not like she eats like that on a regular basis.

3pm – Dave Zirin, Author of “Brazil’s Dance with the Devil”

Dave Zirin discusses the current protests in Brazil and says they are going to create buffer zones, have drones and many more defenses towards the protests; which are all expenses from the government and that has made people angry. He says that the World Cup has created a national focus of discontent in Brazil: things such as health care and government. He said it’s possible the protests could get worse during the upcoming Rio Olympics. He talks about how nobody wants the 2022 Olympics because nobody wants to deal with all the possible problems that come from it. Zirin calls Memorial Day a conflicted holiday in the United States because parts of the U.S have confederate backgrounds. He says the intersection of sports with the camouflage and military moments, makes him feel very cynical.

3:30 – Dave Naylor, TSN Drive

A deal looked close between the Argos and the MLSE, the sooner the Argos get out of the Rogers Center the better for them, and we'll see where they'll end up when the deal with the Rogers Center is over. There is a lot of pressure behind the scenes because MLSE wants money to help them solve the Argo's problem and don't want to take the risk without funding from the government. If the Bills were to move to Toronto, Roger Goodell wants the Argos to be taken care of and getting a suitable stadium for the Argos is a an important step in that happening. Twenty million isn't a lot of money for the MLSE to solve their problem of the Argos, and there is likely more behind the scenes behind the Argos/BMO situation then what is being reported. There is still time for a deal to be made, although right now the situation is on pause.





May 26: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Bryan, Jamie and Jonas recap the Rangers Game 4 OT win over the Canadiens, and tee up tonight’s critical matchup between the Blackhawks and Kings on TSN 1050 with Ray Ferraro.

Audio:

Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 1 of Leafs Lunch. Marc Crawford talked about gentleman's agreements between NHL coaches in the Playoffs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 2 of Leafs Lunch. Ray Ferraro talks Martin St. Louis' goal & previews LA-Chicago Game 4. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Hour 1 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Tim Reynolds talks Heat-Pacers series. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 of The Bryan Hayes Show. Richard Griffin talks Blue Jays' bullpen. Jamal Mayers talks Martin St. Louis. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

12:30 – Marc Crawford, Longtime NHL Coach and Coach of ZSC Lions

Marc Crawford joins the guys on Leafs Lunch and gives his opinion on the Coach’s “gentleman’s agreement” with coach’s tracking the oppositions practice. He says the general agreement is that you don’t watch a team’s practice on an off day. When he coached in the NHL, de didn’t want the opposition watching if he was trying to work on new formations or change lines. He never liked watching other team’s practice but his assistants did and it would sometimes be a point of contention between. He leans more on Therrien’s side where you should give them space but says this applies mostly in the playoffs because during the regular season you see other teams so infrequently. He says it’s not secret plays that are going to win you championships, its execution. These war of words between Therrien and Vigneault are just semantics right now…Therrien just wants to show he’s not going to play second fiddle to his good buddy, AV and AV is using this as a chance to keep telling people his team plays whistle to whistle. At times during the season, he’d like it if media didn’t have access to practice. He remembers once singling out a player during practice when he was coaching in Colorado and it became a huge story.

1 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

Ferraro admits he was hard on St. Louis when he demanded the trade out of Tampa but he’s having an unbelievable run right now. After being a non factor for most of his time in NYC he’s turned into what they hoped he would be. The trade has turned out beautifully for both Rangers and the Lightning. He weighs in on game 4 of Hawks-Kings, which he’ll be between the benches for. He says in games 2 & 3 the Kings power play was the difference. He says the Hawks need to win tonight because doesn’t see them winning three straight. He believes whoever comes out of the West has a 75% chance of winning the cup because he can’t imagine the teams in the East being able to stand the pace, physicality and goaltending of the western teams. Chicago’s wingers really need to step it up. Sharp has been a total non factor.

2:30 – Tim Reynolds, NBA writer for the Associated Press

Reynolds weighs in on the Lance Stephenson trash talking and says he’s trying to inspire his own team. He’s trying to sell it to the papers. LeBron has been through a lot worse than Lance Stephenson and won’t be thrown off by this. The James-Stephenson match-up is lopsided in LeBron's favour. Reynolds notes that Indiana has been eliminated by Miami multiple times in the playoffs, so they shouldn't need to use motivational ploys.When talking about Bosh's current rut, Tim said that Chris usually bounces back in a significant way.

3 – Richard Griffin, Toronto Star

Every time the Jays go in and beat a team, naysayers will say it’s against teams that haven’t been playing well. The A’s were the hottest team in baseball until the Jays took them out. The team still has fatal flaws, however. He doesn’t see Hendriks lasting long in the rotation and Happ is still a question mark. If he falls behind in count, he doesn’t chase. Stroman has struggled since going back to Buffalo, so there are still holes in this Jays team that need to be filled. The Jays can win the division because the Yankees are an ageing team, the Red Sox need to rebuild, Tampa always has to cut budgets and the Orioles are cobbling away their starting rotation. He also talks about the likelihood of Jays ownership allowing AA to make changes and what the Cubs would want in a trade for Jeff Samardzija.

3:30 – Jamal Mayers, Former NHLer & NHL network analyst

As a player, the coach’s battle like Therrien’s and Vigneault’s from the weekend doesn’t even enter your mind because you’re so focused on the game. Mayers says you know if a player’s banged up on the opposing team but you don’t think about specifically targeting their injury in the heat of the moment during the game, although you may be more physical with them. He’s known Martin St. Louis since they were seniors in college and says he’s a character guy who’s handled his tragedy extremely well. He’s been a guy who’s had to fight for everything and the way he prepares and his work ethic is the reason why he can still play. He says the Rangers would probably prefer to play the Hawks in the finals. He’s surprised by how quickly the Kings have become a fast team. Last year they couldn’t match up with his Hawks. Tonight is a must win for the Hawks and they haven’t really been pushed yet.



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