March 6: Show In Review
Dave and Steve Simmons discuss how close Dave Nonis and the Leafs were to acquiring Thomas Vanek with Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, and Russ Brandon and Tim Graham check in to chat about the cancellation of this year’s Bills in Toronto game and what the future may hold for the series.
4:15 – Russ Brandon, Buffalo Bills
Russ Brandon speaks about the Buffalo Bills ending their Toronto series for the 2014 season. He suggests the idea of coming to the Toronto market was to turn the average NFL fan into a Buffalo Bills fan and believes that the games never felt like ‘home’ games because the team failed to play well. He indicates that much of the feedback given was that the games could not replicate a similar experience to games played in Ralph Wilson Stadium. He talks about the hospitality and experience in Toronto and suggests that there was no excuse for the club’s poor performance on the field. Could the pricing structure of tickets have been a problem?
4:30 – Kris King, NHL Sr VP of Hockey Operations
NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations, Kris King provides his thoughts on the NHL trade deadline and discusses how the coverage has grown dramatically from what it used to be. He touches on the initiative of ‘Hockey Helps the Homeless’, who it serves and how the raised funds is allocated. He talks about a weighted points system where a regulation win could be worth more than an overtime/shootout win and the potential for changes to the current standings system.
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey
Bob McKenzie speaks about reasons why teams often overpaid for rental players in the past and why some of the rental players at this year’s trade deadline were cheaper. He suggests the Leafs and Wild both believed they had offered more than Montréal for Thomas Vanek, but the Islanders refused Toronto’s offer because they did not want to retain a portion of Vanek’s salary. He provides his thoughts on the New Jersey Devils retaining their first round pick after they were punished for trying to circumvent the salary cap with the Ilya Kovalchuck contract. He discusses the Martin St. Louis/Ryan Callahan trade and the animosity between St. Louis and Steve Yzerman.
5:15 – Scott MacArthur, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter
Scott MacArthur speaks about why J.A Happ’s back injury could remove him from consideration for a rotation sport and discusses the emergence of Drew Hutchison this spring. He suggests the Jays could use a surprise to come forward and believes prospect Marcus Stroman has a chance to earn a rotation spot. He touches on R.A Dickey’s quiet off-season and suggests the veteran knows what is at stake for the Jays this season. He suggests the Jays are very excited by Ryan Goins and what he adds to the club defensively, and suggests the team will be much better defensively this season.
5:30 – Michael Layton, Toronto City Councilor
Councilor Michael Layton speaks about how BMO will look after the stadium’s planned renovations. He suggests that seats where the current end zones are for the CFL would be movable, while coverage to some of the seats would be included, and an addition of a plastic material that would compliment the grass. He indicates that economics need to be approved by council and wants to avoid another situation similar to when the Sky Dome was built, where the public ended up funding the majority of the costs. He believes a new stadium could be an asset for the 2015 Pan Am games.
6:00 – Tim Graham, The Buffalo News
Tim Graham speaks about the Buffalo Sabres’ rebuild and Buffalo Bills pulling out of the Toronto series and believes there are reasons to be optimistic for fans of both clubs. He points to the Bills’ poor 1-5 record that they had at the Rogers Centre and why Bills fans did not support the Toronto series despite the $78 million that organization gained in the deal. He discusses Terry Pegula’s impact on the city and how the relationship has seemed to change since he first took over as the Sabres’ owner. He suggests the team has not gotten dramatically better under Ted Nolan and believes GM Tim Murray may consider bringing in his own coach.
6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Darren Dreger speaks about Toronto’s quiet trade deadline, but believes the Leafs were aggressive in their attempt to obtain Thomas Vanek. He believes the Islanders’ reluctance to retain some of Vanek’s salary was the main stumbling block to a trade. Did the Montreal Canadiens steal Vanek and did Lou Lamoriello talk his way into retaining a first round pick for circumventing the salary cap in the Ilya Kovalchuck contract? Is secondary scoring the primary concern for the Leafs as the season winds down how bitter are the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks for spending a lot of time in trying to acquire Ryan Kesler from the Canucks?
March 5: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge break down all the trade deadline moves with Michael Farber, Bruce Arthur and Steve Simmons, and are joined by Dave Nonis to discuss why he decided to stand pat.
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge chat with Jonas Siegel to look back at the trade deadline for the Leafs. Hour 3 Audio
4:00 – Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils President & GM
The New Jerseys Devils General Manager joined TSN Drive to discuss his day at the trade deadline, acquiring forward, Tuomo Ruttu and not trading Martin Brodeur. He also discussed the goaltending market leading up to the deadline and why so many goalies moved this year.
4:15 – Pat Brisson, NHL Agent (Represents Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur)
Roberto Luongo’s agent joined TSN Drive to discuss the talks he had with Mike Gillis leading up to the trade that sent Luongo to the Panthers. Pat said the benching at the Heritage Classic lead to the trade talks and if Luongo had gotten the start, he likely would have stayed in Vancouver. He discussed his first meeting with Luongo as his agent and what his plans were moving forward. Pat also discussed another client, Martin Brodeur not being traded and whether he was disappointed.
5:00 – Dave Nonis, Maple Leafs Sr VP and GM
Despite not making a move at the deadline, it was a busy day for the Leafs General Manager looking to make a hockey trade, rather than acquiring a rental player. Nonis discussed going through the rest of the season with the same lineup and is comfortable with it. Nonis also discussed on whether or not he prefers to make deals at the deadline.
5:30 – Stephen Bartlett, NHL Player Agent, Represents Ryan Callahan & Thomas Vanek
Stephen discussed the negotiations he had with the New York Rangers for his agent, Ryan Callahan and where talks broke down. He discussed the value they were asking during the negotiations and believe it was a fair deal. Stephen also discussed Thomas Vanek going to Montreal and what his plans are when he hits Free Agency this summer.
March 4: Show In Review
Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Roberto Luongo to discuss his trade to the Panthers with Bob McKenzie, James Duthie and Jay Feaster checking in to break down the deal and where the Canucks go from here.
Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by former Tampa Bay Lighting and Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster for the entire hour. Hour 3 Audio
4:30 – Bucky Gleason, The Buffalo News
Bucky Gleason, columnist with The Buffalo News speaks about Pat LaFontaine’s resignation as president of hockey operations from the Buffalo Sabres and believes LaFontaine was forced to resign. He suggests team owner Terry Pegula made a mistake with his handling of the former Sabre’s star. He suggests LaFontaine’s may have had issues with the chain of commands within the organization and touches on Ted Nolan’s future with the club. He believes Nolan will accept the three-year contract extension that the Sabres have offered him.
4:45 – James Duthie, Host of The NHL on TSN
James Duthie speaks about the trade that sent Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. He believes Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias will be heading back to the Vancouver Canucks. He suggests that Luongo’s benching at the Heritage game on Sunday was the primary reason for the trade. Are the Canucks now in a full rebuild mode and could GM Mike Gillis be on his way out in Vancouver?
5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
Bob McKenzie speaks about Roberto Luongo heading to the Florida Panthers for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias. He believes the jury is still out on the highly regarded Markstrom and suggests Matthias has shown signs of being a second line centre but remains inconsistent. He suggests the Canucks may not be looking to rebuild and move other players rumoured to be dealt like Ryan Kesler and Alexander Edler unless they can get a good return on each player. Is John Tortorella now considered a hero for the trade or will he be vilified for it? He suggests the Anaheim Ducks could be the favourites to add Thomas Vanek by moving Dustin Penner to the Washington.
5:25 – Roberto Luongo, Traded from Canucks to Panthers today
Roberto Luongo provides his thoughts on joining the Florida Panthers and how the trade transpired. He believed that he was likely to remain with the Canucks because of his contract. He discusses the state of the Panthers and believes the organization is heading in the right direction. He touches on why it wasn't a difficult decision to accept a trade to Florida and says his main regret in Vancouver was not winning a Stanley Cup.
6:00 to 7:00pm – Jay Feaster, Former NHL GM (Lightning and Flames)
Former Lightining and Flames GM joined the show to discuss the deadline and especially the late breaking Roberto Luongo trade. He talked about his former coches John Torotrella and the situation he’s in with the Canucks. Why the Panthers love Luongo so much and that he tried trading for Luongo years ago. He compared the Buffalo situation to his in Calgary with Brian Burke and discusses making deals in the cap era.
Tomorrow: DEADLINE DAY! Dave Hodge co-host, Michael Farber, Steve Simmons and Bruce Arthur
March 3: Show In Review
Dave and Bruce Arthur go over the latest NHL trade deadline chatter and discuss whether Dave Nonis will look to pull off any moves with Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, and Bryan Colangelo checks in to chat about his tanking comments while he was with the Raptors.
TSN Drive with Dave Naylor, Bruce Arthur and Dave Feschuk talking Sabres, Heritage Classic, Paralympics, and Bryan Colangelo. Hour 1 Audio
5:00 - Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider
With the Trade Deadline around the corner, Bob joins Dave and Bruce to talk about the the situation in Buffalo, he thinks there was a difference of opinion regarding Ryan Miller, hence the split. He also talks about what it would take for teams to acquire Ryan Kesler and how Eddie Lack starting in net at the Heritage Classic was a coaching decision, not an organizational one. He also elaborates on the Ryan Callahan contract talks about how Jason Spezza must be getting fed up in Ottawa with all these rumours.
5:20 - Patrick Chan, Olympic Silver Medalist in Figure Skating
Patrick Chan reflects on his Olympic experience and explains how he appreciates the Silver Medal he won. He also talks about the criticism athletes receive and says that in Canada it's not that bad because people appreciate their Olympians a lot in this country. Chan later discusses his future in figure skating as well and admits to wanting to win another World Championship and says he'd like to be in the next Olympics but that is unlikely since he'll be 27 by then (old by figure skating standards).
5:30 - Bryan Colangelo, Former Toronto Raptors President & General Manager
Colangelo addresses the tanking comments from this past weekend and admits it was merely a poor choice of words. He says he had no intention of tanking in the shortened 2011-12 season, but definitely wanted a high pick in the draft, best case scenario; Anthony Davis. He says the team was happy getting Terrence Ross and would never tell a coach to lose games since it can only have negative long-term effects. He concludes by talking about when the team faced heavy scrutiny when they picked Jonas Valanciunas.
6:00 - Dave Poulin, Toronto Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Ops
Poulin talks about evaluating his team prior to the trade deadline, he says that the team evaluates themselves and not other teams around the deadline since it is the best way to improve your team. He then talks about Phil Kessel and mentions his success, saying that he has yet to even enter his prime as a 26 year old. He concludes by saying that his team has to improve on their defensive zone down the stretch.
6:15 - Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider
Dreger joins the show to talk about Carey Price's injury and what the team has to do so he fully recovers. He also talks about how the NHL might want to consider having NHLers at the next Olympics, alluding to how Brian Burke feels it is great for the game overall. Dregs then delves into the Ryan Kesler situation; saying that Dave Nonis wouldn't sell the farm to get him and claiming that the Penguins are checking all their options to try and get him onto the team. He finishes off by saying that Jason Spezza is a longshot to be traded now but feels that down the road, however far it may be, he will be traded.
Tomorrow: Dave Hodge, Co-Host, Countdown to Tradecentre, Jay Feaster, In Studio from 6-7pm, Scott MacArthur from Dunedin
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