October 3: Show In Review
Bob and Matt recap the Leafs win in Philadelphia with Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV, discuss Patrick Roy's controversial debut with NHL Network analyst Gary Green and get some interesting comments from former NFLer Steve Tasker about the league's concussion lawsuit settlement.
Bob and Matt were joined by former Buffalo Bills All-Pro, NFL on CBS Game Analyst Steve Tasker.
Bob and Matt were joined by Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV and Former Head Coach of the Washington Capitals, Longtime NHL Network Analyst Gary Green.
Bob and Matt were joined by former MLB Pitcher, TV and Radio Analyst for MLB.com, CBS Sports and MLB Network Radio C.J Nitkowski and the Host of Sedano and Stink on ESPN Radio Jorge Sedano.
Steve Tasker, Former Buffalo Bills All-Pro, NFL on CBS Game Analyst
Tasker began by chatting about his son Luke, who’s currently playing WR for the Ti-Cats in the CFL. As far as participating in the NFL lawsuit, he didn’t partake in the lawsuit because he felt it would disingenuous on his part. He believes that by playing in the NFL, you have to accept the possibilities of playing the sport, and the risks that go alongside it.
Paul Hendrick, Leafs TV
Dion Phaneuf is a guy that is majorly underappreciated by the Leafs fans. They are not 2-0 without Phaneuf in the lineup. The Leafs haven’t had balance with their goaltending like they do now since Bower and Sawchuk. Reimer had a tremendous camp, and has been very good in the last few seasons, but Bernier’s presence is only making him better. Thinks Reimer gets the start on Saturday night, but there isn’t much controversy amongst the team, in spite of the media reactions.
Gary Green, Former Head Coach of the Washington Capitals, Longtime NHL Network Analyst
As a player, Patrick Roy motivated his teammates as well as any player in the history of the game. As a coach, he’s remained consistent. But if Patrick Roy does this too often, the ramifications will become more problematic. Told an amazing story about almost engaging in a fight with Don Cherry in the lobby of an Edmonton hotel regarding his stance on fighting.
C.J Nitkowski, Former MLB Pitcher, TV and Radio Analyst for MLB.com, CBS Sports and MLB Network Radio
The concept of momentum is hard to quantify, especially for the saber metric community, but having been on the field, it’s something that’s real. Doesn’t love the one-game playoff, but having the extra team is something that’s a positive for the sport. Making it a three-game series might give the “wild-card” more validity.
Jorge Sedano, Host of Sedano and Stink on ESPN Radio
People in the States enjoy the gladiator type feel of the NFL, and there are aspects of the NHL, namely fighting, that Americans enjoy as well. He also discussed how the Miami Heat have had a bunch of bangwagon fans since LeBron joined the team, and if it’s best for the NBA for the Heat to get their 3-Peat.
October 1: Show In Review
Bob and Matt react to the breaking news about the Leafs and Phil Kessel agreeing to an extension with TSN hockey analyst Mike Johnson and are joined by RDS’ Marc Denis and James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail to preview tonight’s Leafs/Habs tilt on TSN 1050 and discuss the goaltending issues facing the two teams.
James Mirtle, Globe and Mail
The Leafs are a team that really benefitted from good luck last year. They’ll be an above average team goal scoring-wise, but the odds are they won’t as potent offensively as they were last year in the shortened season. Expects James Reimer to win the goaltending battle, he’s been better in the preseason and he’s the incumbent coming in.
Mike Johnson, NHL on TSN
The Leafs didn’t have many options with Kessel as opposed to re-signing him. It’s very rare to see someone with his skillset a potential free agent. But that being said, Kessel isn’t a multi-dimensional forward. He is purely an offensive player, but he’s a dynamic one at that.
Marc Denis, Longtime NHL Goaltender, RDS Hockey Analyst
Carey Price needs to show that he can perform at a high level through an entire NHL season. The Habs have a lot of young forwards that have question marks surrounding them. Their size is always questioned, but this is a team that’s showed a lot of development. They have 3 lines that can be a threat tonight and going forward. You want to be the opening night starter, and it does mean a lot to the goaltenders. But at the same time, the Leafs are a team that are going to need both of their netminders.
September 30: Show In Review
Bob and Matt are joined by The Hockey News’ Adam Proteau and former Leaf Darcy Tucker to discuss the team’s decision to keep Morgan Rielly and to tee up tomorrow’s opener in Montreal and Kevin Kugler of the NFL radio network checks in to discuss the Patriots’ bug win in Atlanta last night.
Adam Proteau, The Hockey News
Giving Rielly the nine game look makes sense, you can test his mettle and see how he fits in with the other defenceman. JVR is a guy who can really emerge this year, he had a lot of pressure on him heading into last season, and he can really take a big leap in the coming season.
Kevin Kugler, Voice of the NFL on the Dial Global Radio Network
The Falcons have really struggled in the red zone, as they’ve really been hampered inside the opposition 20 yard line. The Patriots defence looked good, but losing Vince Wilfork was a huge loss and will be felt for weeks to come. It certainly appears that Brady has gotten into rhythm with his WR’s. His expectations of these guys is so high, and the pressure to elevate your game with Brady is a big factor.
Darcy Tucker, Longtime NHLer w/ MTL, TB, TOR and COL
The feisty former Leaf joined Bob and Matt to chat about the days leading up to the regular season and how he used to prepare for the season. He also reflected back on his time in Colorado, and playing with Matt Duchene as a youngster.
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