February 7: Show In Review
Bob and Matt tee up the men’s and women’s Olympic hockey tournament with Darren Pang, Sean Fitz-Gerald and Jeremy Roenick, and Adam Proteau joins the show to discuss how Randy Carlyle should be praised for the adjustments he has made that have led to the Leafs recent success.
Adam Proteau, The Hockey News
You have to give Randy Carlyle credit for changing his style and adapting based on the team he has. He’s made a lot of adjustments this year, and it’s really been evident in the last month or so. This team will still have stinkers, but it seems as if they’ve gained some consistency. Clarkson’s been slumping most of the year, but it seems as if he’s turned a corner recently.
Darren Pang, NHL on TSN
Would have both Corey Crawford and Marc-Andre Fleury on Team Canada over Jonathan Bernier. It’s just not his time quite yet. Would go with Carey Price as Canada’s starter in the opener next week.
Sean Fitz-Gerald, National Post
National Post writer Sean Fitzgerald called, and gave an update from Sochi. They discussed a lot of peoples' perceived complaints about the hotel rooms from side-by-side toilet seats, to bodily fluids left on bed sheets. Fitzgerald also goes went into detail about other possible threats in the tournament other than Canada and USA as it pertains to Women's Hockey.
Jeremy Roenick, Longtime NHLer, NHL on NBC Analyst
There’s a lot of negative aspects to the Olympics, and the strain, both mentally and physically, definitely takes a toll on the athletes. Believes that the United States has learned to play the Canadian style of game, and they’ve adapted to how Canada beat them for so many years. It’s time for the US to get over the Canadian hurdle. There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the Russia team playing at home, as they have a lot of pride.
February 6: Show In Review
Matt and Bob are joined by Darren Dreger to discuss the breaking news that Martin St. Louis will replace Steven Stamkos on Canada’s Olympic roster, and Sam Mitchell checks in to recap a tough late-game loss by the Raptors last night versus the Kings.
February 5: Show In Review
Bob and Matt are joined by James Mirtleto discuss the Leafs ugly loss to the Panthers last night, Mike Peca checks in to cat about some of the challenges this year’s men’s Olympic hockey players will face in Sochi and Josh Lewenberg calls in to tee up tonight’s Raptors matchup in Sacramento versus Rudy Gay and the Kings.
9:15 - James Mirtle, Globe and Mail
The Leafs are team that when they lose, they lose badly, and last night was no exception. Getting outshot 20-5 in the 1st period, it’s hard to imagine a worse start to a game. Bernier was excellent last night, and the reality is, the Leafs had a -27 shot differential, the worst of the season.
10:00 - Mike Peca, Longtime NHLer, 2002 Canadian Olympian
There was a lot of pressure, and it was certainly racheted up after Canada lost the tournament opener. They realized that there were going to be challenges to overcome, and the team got stronger as the tournament went on. After Tommy Salo allowed that bad goal in 2002, he was never really able to regain his confidence, and a poor showing can have a negative effect on you.
11:00 – Josh Lewenberg, TSN 1050 Raptors Reporter
Rudy Gay has been excellent since arriving in Sacramento, and it definitely seems like the trade was beneficial for both teams. Doesn’t believe that extensions are coming for either Coach Casey or Kyle Lowry. Expects to see Terrence Ross in the dunk contest.
February 4: Show In Review
Bob and Matt are joined by former Canadian hockey Olympian Rob Zamuner to chat about some of the hurdles this year’s team will face as it heads overseas.
Rob Zamuner, 13 seasons in the NHL, 1998 Canadian Olympian, NHLPA Northeast Divisonal Representative
One of the biggest challenges at the Olympics is checking your egos at the door. Each of the players is used to logging a ton of ice time, but you know that this team will be an unselfish one. He recounted how 6 players were placed into a room in 1998 at the Nagano Games. He also recalled the disappointment of the plane ride home after the disappointment of that tournament.
February 3: Show In Review
Bob and Matt are joined by Blaine Bishop to discuss how the Seahawks and Percy Harvin were able to handle the Super Bowl pressure and rise to the occasion while the Broncos stumbled badly, and James Duthie checks in to shed some light on which way Mike Babcock may be leaning with his Team Canada goaltenders.
Blaine Bishop, 4 x Pro Bowl Safety w/ the Tennessee Titans
The tempo was set on the first snap of the game, but the Percy Harvin kick return really sealed the deal at the beginning of the second half. The nerves in the Super Bowl are unlike anything else in football, and this is your boyhood dream. It’s how you calm those nerves and perform that will dictate your play for the rest of the game.
James Duthie, NHL on TSN
The Super Bowl could have gone either way but obviously the Seahawks were the better team in that game. Babcock has been watching Luongo and Price and seen their hiccups, and we might see Canada start both Luongo and Price in the pre-lims to see who’s performing. Babcock and a few others don’t view St. Louis that highly, but it’s hard to see Yzerman passing on him again.
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