September 26: Show In Review
Dave and Jeff O’Neill are joined by Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle and TSN NHL insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger to discuss the Cody Franson signing and what it may mean for John-Michael Liles and Morgan Rielly.
4:30 – FAY VINCENT, Former MLB Commissioner
Former MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent joined the program to discuss Bud Selig's decision to retire in January 2015. Selig's legacy will be known for many things, he was very good to the owners of baseball, and the game has flourished under his leadership. Conversely though, it's not always beneficial to have a former owner, like Selig was with the Brewers, as a Commissioner. The strike season of 1994 taught Selig not to fight the players union, as they are the most powerful in sports. Selig will also be remembered for the financial gains the game achieved throughout his leadership, leading to his salary falling above $20 million. How the A-Rod drug case finishes up following the arbitrator's decision will be Bud's lasting impression on the game.
4:45 – CADE MASSEY, Professor Wharton School: University of Pennsylvania
Cade Massey, Professor at the Wharton School at Penn State, joined the program to discuss his research on the NFL Draft. Massey has concluded that there are basically no differences in teams' abilities to draft. There is skill involved in drafting, but almost all the teams possess the same skills. There is so much you cannot predict with prospects, no matter how much video you can study on a player. Teams have placed an increased importance on prospects off-the-field lives, looking for strong work ethic and positive character traits. Massey concludes that the draft is essentially a lottery and it pays off to have a large number of picks instead of a small number of high picks.
5:00 – BOB MCKENZIE, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined the program to discuss the latest from the Leafs camp. With the large cap hit that John-Michael Liles brings, are his days as a Toronto Maple Leaf numbered? Liles came into camp in great physical condition this season, but likely does not fit coach Randy Carlyle's plans. Morgan Rielly has impressed in the preseason, will it be enough for the talented youngster to crack the Leafs roster? If the Leafs want to keep him on the big club they need to continue to give him playing time, if not they should send him back to Moose Jaw. McKenzie also weighs in on differences between the NFL and NHL Drafts, and how the Detroit Red Wings have been so successful at stealing late round draft picks.
5:15 – CLAUDE LOISELLE, Maple Leafs Assistant GM
Maple Leafs Assistant GM Claude Loiselle joined the program to talk about the Cody Franson signing and all the other news from Leafs camp. The Leafs wanted a two-year deal for Franson, but could not fit that number under the salary cap, so had to settle on a one-year deal. This could prove a tricky situation with all the defenseman contracts coming due at the end of the season. What does the Franson signing mean for the fates of John-Michael Liles and Morgan Rielly? The Leafs are currently over the salary cap, but after cutting the roster from 32 to 20, they should fit under the cap. Loiselle also discusses how the Leafs will combat the absence of David Clarkson for the first ten games of the season, and what Mason Raymond means to the club.
6:00 – KEN HOLLAND, Detroit Red Wings GM
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland joined the program to discuss the club's camp and preparation for the coming season. The move for Detroit back to the Eastern Conference will help the team greatly with their travel time. Most of their games will be short flights away and will take place in the Eastern time zone, which is a large change from their time in the West. In lieu of the brawl between Toronto and Buffalo, does Detroit plan on playing some enforcers on their forward lines, or is scoring at too much of a premium now? Holland also touches on the Red Wings drafting success and what to expect from Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson this season.
6:15 – DARREN DREGER, TSN Hockey Insider
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to discuss the latest from Leafs camp. With the signing of Cody Franson, how will the Leafs get under the salary cap by the start of the season? If Joe Colborne isn't going to stick with Toronto, where are likely landing places for the young forward? At this time it doesn't look like John-Michael Liles fits in the Leafs plans, where might the embattled defenseman end up? Dreger also touches on the Tim Thomas contract situation with the Florida Panthers, and what veteran NHL free agents are still available for some clubs.
6:30 – MICHAEL DOWNEY, President and CEO of Tennis Canada
President and CEO of Tennis Canada Michael Downey joined the program to discuss his move to the England Lawn and Tennis Association effective in January. Tennis in England is comparable to hockey in Canada and that passion for the sport made the move easy. Downey is unique in the fact that he possessed no background in tennis when he took the position with Tennis Canada. When he joined Tennis Canada the organization spent $4 million-a-year and now spends in excess of $11 million-a-year in development. While the current success of Milos Raonic is something to celebrate, it's unrealistic to think a player like that will emerge every year. Downey also discusses what the goals with his new position will be, and how he will allocate the $100 million-a-year the England Lawn and Tennis Association spends.
Tomorrow: Football Friday with Schultz, Smith and Jesse Palmer, Graham DeLaet, Darren Rovell, Author Daniel Flynn, Scott MacArthur
September 25: Show In Review
Dave and co-host Dave Hodge are joined by Maple Leafs VP of hockey operations Dave Poulin to chat about how the team’s goaltending battle has played out in the pre-season and what the team’s reaction was to Sunday night’s brawl with the Sabres and the resulting suspensions.
Dave and Dave Hodge were joined by Maple Leafs VP of hockey operations Dave Poulin and TSN hockey's managing editor Steve Dryden.
4:30 – Dave Poulin, Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Operations / GM of the Marlies
It’s been a busy week since the line brawl with the Sabres and the management has made a point to stay out of the way and trust Randy Carlyle and his staff to do the right thing. The experiment of Reimer and Bernier is working out really well. They are playing great and getting along.
4:45 – Steve Dryden, TSN Managing Editor of Hockey
TSN Top 50 lost is revealed tonight at 8pm. This year included 14 coaches and GM's from around the NHL.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
The Leafs have a perfect approach to the goalie situation with both Reimer and Bernier. Feels the Leafs and Sabres story has somewhat
dragged on a bit and he’s happy to finally see some finality to it. Pre season is a necessary evil but there are still too many games.
5:30 – Dan Shulman, The Voice of MLB on ESPN
Quick look at all the playoff races in MLB including the Cardinals possibly being the best team in baseball and the chance that they could have 2-3 rookies pitching on their playoff roster. Pirates finally make it back although they might not even play a home game. Recalls all the times he has either seen or called a no-hitter. Believes that Jason Giambi was the first player to interview for a managers job and then play for a team in that season.
6:00 – Daniel Nestor, Canadian Tennis Great (Most decorated Tennis Player of all time)
Tennis Canada this week saw their CEO Michael Downey hired to take a similar job in London England. This is a crucial time for Tennis Canada who have grown and seen incredible success, especially at the Davis Cup level. He would be interested in being involved in tennis when he retires but he’s not there yet.
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Many around the league are still hoping that no-touch icing gets voted down next week. Not many reasons other than that seems to be traditional opinion. The Ottawa Senators team is pretty fantastic considering how low their payroll has fallen. They are now in the area of the Florida Panthers.
6:30 – Tim Graham, The Buffalo News
Discusses being from Cleveland and now living and Buffalo and how they are the 2 most bad luck sports cities. The AFC East is a lot stronger than most people thought. Discusses the growth of EJ Manuel. Look ahead to the Bills and Ravens and a hilarious story of the Bills and Browns being the worst game he’s ever seen since a Cher concert in 1980.
Tomorrow: Ken Holland, Red Wings VP and GM
September 24: Show In Review
Dave and guest co=host Brian Williams look back on the 25th anniversary of the Ben Johnson Olympics scandal and the Toronto Star’s Mary Ormsby joins the show to discuss her experience being in Seoul in 1988.
Dave and Brian were joined by the President of the National College Players AssociationRamoji Huma.
Dave and Brian are joined by the Toronto Star's Mary Ormsby.
4:45 – Ramoji Huma, President of the National College Players Association
We speak to the man behind the APU movement (All Players United) on the weekend where various college athletes wrote that on part of their uniforms. The organization continually pushed for athletes rights and how they are in a business where they are unpaid with the NCAA and their teams make billions.
5:00 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider, In studio
Still awaiting word on the Phil Kessel suspension. Ron Rolston fined today for “player selection” which feels like the first time this
has ever happened. League making coaches accountable
5:30 – Andrew Brandt, NFL Business Analyst
The Aldon Smith story proves that whether you agree or not, not all players are treated equally. Recalls managing players like Brett Favre and Charles Woodson. Although unfortunate, guys at the bottom of the roster are easier to get rid of so stars like Smith tend to get away with a lot more.
6:00 – Mary Ormsby, The Toronto Star, Was in Seoul during Ben Johnson 1988
Recalls covering the 1988 Olympics and the Ben Johnson face and medal stripping. They were trailblazers back then since Canada was very open to exploiting and being honest about doping in sports. Updates how things are different now.
Tomorrow: Dan Shulman, ESPN
September 23: Show In Review
With suspensions and fines looming from the Sabres/Leafs brawl, Dave and Bruce Arthur discuss how hard the NHL will come down on the two teams with Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
Bob discussed the Leafs and Sabres brawl and how quickly the game of hockey can get “stupid”. It is a much different game now than
Many years ago. Gives Kessel a pass but someone like Maurice Richard who have “used his lumber.”
5:30 – Herm Edwards, ESPN NFL Analyst
Looks back at Week #3 including major problems for teams like the Giants and for players like RGIII. Mark Trestman keeps evolving and Jay Cutler looks like a different QB.
6:00 – Ross Bernstein, Author of The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL
Thoughts on the Leafs and Sabres melee and how he had been working on a book with the late Derek Boogaard. Discusses how “The Code” has evolved through the years and the difficulty in understanding how it works.
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Analyst
Look back at fight night from the ACC and other dirty stuff in the pre-season between the Canucks and Oilers.
6:30 – Duane Forde, TSN CFL Analyst
Discusses the emergence of Zach Collaros and if it were to make sense for the Argos to protect him in the expansion draft. As well he looks at the son of Chris Carter (Duron) who has been having a breakthrough season with the Als.
Tomorrow: Brian Williams co-hosts from 4-7pm
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