Craig Button, NHL on TSN
To come into LA, down 2-0, get back into the game on the powerplay with the Phaneuf goal, was very impressive. In a game where you’re down 2-0, the Toronto Maple Leafs showed that they’re more than capable. Jonathan Bernier is has some special qualities, but James Reimer is more than capable himself. He’s proven that consistently. There is definitely writing on the wall for Colton Orr, and using 7 D suggests just that.
Jamie McLennan, TSN 1050
Jonathan Bernier shouldn’t have even been on the bench after his injury last night, he’s far too valuable to this team and franchise to risk his injury. It’s hard to classify Bernier as a bonafide number 1 goaltender, he really hasn’t shown that he’s able to handle the large workload that guys like Lundquist and Rask have shown, and until he does that, it’s fair to say he needs a capable backup like a James Reimer.
Charles Davis, NFL on FOX, NFL Network
Steve Smith is far from pleased about the way things ended with the Panthers, and he really wants to show the Panthers that they made the wrong decision. Smith is a short-term, high-reward type of player, if you get him and he stays healthy. Vince Wilfork might never be the same player after his injury, and can he get it back and be that same force that he was before.
Bruce Arthur, National Post
The Jays are really going to need someone to step up in the back half of their rotation, and to expect much, if anything, from Ricky Romero, seems like ill-advised. It’s going to take a long time and a lot of work for Romero to regain even a semblance of the abilities he used to have.
March 13: Show In Review
Bob and Matt tee up Jonathan Bernier’s matchup versus his former team with Jonas Siegel, discuss the Raptors push for a number three seed with Sam Mitchell, and chat with Field Yates about the arms battle in the AFC between the Patriots and Broncos.
Field Yates (NFL Insider for ESPN Boston)
Discusses the signings of Talib and Revis, speculating that the Pats were willing to let Talib go knowing they can get the best Free Agent in Revis. The Patriots seem to be more patient in their approach than the Broncos, who know they must maximize their chances now, but this is definitely an arms race between the two. Feels the Bills are going in good direction, EJ Manual showed promise in college and if he can stay healthy he can be an above average QB.
Jonas Siegel (TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter)
Looked forward to tonight’s game vs the Kings. Acknowledges JVRs contributions but doesn't feel he is as essential to the team as Kessel, Bernier and Phaneuf are. Talked about the pressure on Bernier and that although its not the end of the world if he loses he definitely wants to prove himself to his former franchise.
Sam Mitchell (NBA on TSN Analyst)
Commented on if he ever paid attention to the team hitting 100 for free pizza. Said he was never noticed it and that coaches don’t particularly pay attention to stuff like that, adding that if you are winning the game with 24 seconds left you hold the ball and not run up the score. Doesn’t compare current raptors team to the ones he coached as its not fair to the players or Dwayne Casey who has done a terrific job. Regardless of what happens in the playoffs this young team need to play in the playoffs to gain the experience. With that type of experience they could excel in that type situation in the future. Understands Kobe’s frustration because he was use to doing everything with ease but with age his ability to do so has been limited.
March 12: Show In Review
Bob and Dave react to the news that Alex Anthopoulos and the Jays’ failed in their bid to bring Ervin Santana to Toronto with Steve Simmons and Rany Jazayerli, and are joined by Kris Draper who recalls the Jiri Fischer incident in the aftermath of what happened to Rich Peverley.
Rany Jazayerli, Grantland.com
There was a lot of skepticism of the Royals’ initial acquisition of Ervin Santana, but he had a great year last year. It’s possible he’ll have a disappointing season to come, but this is a missed opportunity for the Blue Jays for sure. It seems as if the Blue Jays are capped out in terms of budget, and not inking Santana appears to be coming from ownership more than anyone. The Blue Jays are built to win now, but aren’t built to win as currently constituted.
Steve Simmons, Sunmedia
David Clarkson is trying to find his place right now, and becoming involved physically might be the best way for him to do that. It didn’t make sense for JVR to return after his concussion scare. The game was over. It appears that the Jays offered more money than Atlanta, but it makes sense for Ervin Santana to bet on himself and ink a 1-year contract with the Braves as opposed to pitching in the NL East.
Kris Draper, Longtime NHLer, Special Asst. to the GM w/ Red Wings
Draper relived the Jiri Fischer incident many years ago, and the reaction on the bench and how the players didn’t know the condition he was in when he was stretchered off. The players were waiting to see and hear about the report on Fischer. Agrees with the decision to postpone the game after the Peverley incident.
March 10: Show In Review
Filling in for Bob, Mike Hogan and Matt welcome Dave Feschuk and James Duthie to chat about the Leafs upcoming road trip which kicks off tonight versus Corey Perry and the Ducks on TSN 1050, Keith Law checks in to chat about the Blue Jays’ need for Ervin Santana, and Bill Barnwell joins the show to preview the big names available in NFL free agency.
Dave Feschuk – Toronto Star
Even Dave Bolland is a little confused by the ever changing timeline of his return, and what ever he can do when he does return is going to have a big impact on what type of money he can command this summer in unrestricted free agency. The Leafs inability to hold leads is definitely concerning, but optimists would look at the fact that they continue to enter the 3rd period with the lead, and continue to find ways to earn two points despite how ugly it might look.
James Duthie – Host, NHL on TSN
The upcoming California road trip is huge for the Leafs, this trip is the new measuring stick in the NHL for contending teams, and will tell a lot about where the Leafs sit in the league-wide picture. Video replay is something that really needs a long look during this week’s GM meetings, and is perhaps an even more pressing issue than changes to overtime. Eddie Lack is in a tough position in Vancouver, he was probably looking forward to at least a year of being a backup behind Roberto Luongo, and now he’s been thrust into a starting position before he’s ready.
Keith Law – ESPN Senior Baseball Analyst
Hutchinson seems to be showing an above-average fast ball and is viable as a fifth starter for the Blue Jays if he can stay healthy, and it makes sense for the Jays to start the season with Hutchinson over Stroman if they choose to go young. Brett Lawrie is getting bad contact on the ball so far this spring, hitting far too many ground balls even if he’s just fouling it off. Ervin Santana makes sense for the Jays on a one-year contract – what he offers the rotation for a one-year commitment is a deal Rogers needs to spend the money on and he can provide some much needed help to the rotation.
Bill Barnwell – Grantland.com
Michael Vick could be a fit in Oakland with their need for a starting quarterback combined with their reluctance to use a first round draft pick on another quarterback in this year’s draft. Ben Tate could have a big impact in the right situation this year – he has the ability to put up a 1400-1500 yard season and be one of the best backs in football now that he’s out of Arian Foster’s shadow. Big contract quarterbacks are hurting their teams like in the case of Joe Flacco, especially when you compare it to a team like Seattle who are paying Russell Wilson $19.5 million less and have that much more cap room to have players like Michael Bennett, Percy Harvin and Cliff Avril as well.
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