May 9: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl break down the wins last night by the Ducks and Bruins with Pierre McGuire, and chat with Darren Dreger about Randy Carlyle’s extension and what roster changes may lie ahead for the Leafs.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Recapping the NFL Draft and talking NHL Playoffs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs and WWE. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl, talking NFL, NHL, NBA and joined in studio by Jason Priestley. Hour 2 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The best line for the Bruins last night was the third line (Soderberg, Eriksson, & Matt Fraser) Fraser eventually scored the game winning goal & was rewarded for playing a “smart/calculated road game.” Let’s give Boston some credit for really taking the energy out the Bell Centre in game four. The Maple Leafs decision to bring back Randy Carlyle isn’t that shocking because the same thing happened in St. Louis. It will be interesting to see if some former coaches (Oates, Noel, etc...) end up taking an assistant role due to the limited number of head coaching positions in the NHL. Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne continues to be amaze & is a great ambassador for the league. Obviously Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau learned from his previous mistake (scratching Selanne) which proves once again “that you should never discount character.”

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

The decision for the Maple Leafs to extend Randy Carlyle for another two seasons isn’t that surprising because there weren’t too many attractive candidates out there. Now the Maple Leafs must focus on re-tooling the defensive core for the upcoming seasons via trade/free agency/promoting from within. Expect Shanahan to “bring some of his expertise into the mix” in order to fine tune this machine. Expect Toronto to “turn over every leaf” when conducting the search for their next assistant coach, is Kirk Muller a candidate?

8:30 Adam Oates – Former Washington Capitals Head Coach

The NHL has changed with the implementation of a salary cap therefore “ if the coach has a strong relationship with a player who has a massive contract they are more likely to stick around.” Contrary to popular belief Adam Oates & Ovechkin DID NOT have any problems & actually had an extremely healthy working relationship. Oates message to Ovechkin “you’ll always be under the microscope therefore you can’t afford to take nights off (see vs. Dallas)” Mr. Oates HAS NOT been contacted by another team & IS NOT SURE if he would accept one of the Leafs vacant assistant coaching positions.

8:45 Dan Shulman – ESPN MLB Voice

Singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field last Sunday was a truly unique experience. The Blue Jays had an offensive explosion in their series vs. the Philadelphia Phillies which shouldn’t come as a big surprise however they beat up on the Phillies so let’s not get too excited. Toronto has always been a team that “lives/dies by the homerun” therefore this offensive pace is probably sustainable for only 5-6 days. Al the teams in the ALE have a shot to win the division because “these are all good teams that have plenty of flaws.”





May 8: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger to recap the Penguins taking control of their series with the Rangers, and Barry Trotz checks in to discuss if he is close to re-joining an NHL team behind the bench.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Previewing the NFL Draft and talking NHL & NBA Playoffs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs and WWE. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl, talking NHL, NFL and PGA. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:20 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Rick Nash has really struggled throughout this season however he has had a very positive impact on Rangers forward Chris Kreider. Now the focus shifts toward tonight’s series between Montreal & Boston. Expect the Bruins to give a strong effort tonight because this team is quickly approaching the “desperation point.” In Philadelphia the Flyers decision to name Ron Hextall GM is intriguing however the team must improve their defensive depth in order to return to elite status. Former coach Barry Trotz remains a very attractive coaching candidate, & won’t be out of work long based on his pedigree of work.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

The salary cap isn’t expected to go as high as initially expected which should raise concerns for the New York Rangers. Rick Nash has not scored in fourteen playoff games which could be the byproduct of “simply putting too much pressure on himself.” Martin St. Louis has taken some time to fit into the Rangers lineup but did show some jump during the first round vs. the Philadelphia Flyers. The Montreal Canadiens have done a beautiful job of clogging up the neutral zone which has caused immense frustration for the Boston Bruins. It’s difficult to determine if the Bruins were simply overwhelmed in game three however they should respond with a better effort in game four. Former coach Barry Trotz is a quality hockey person & will definitely be snapped up by a team in the very near future. Perhaps Trotz winds up in Florida, Washington, or Vancouver…?

8:30 Barry Trotz – Former Nashville Predators Head Coach

It was an absolute privilege/treat working in Nashville for the past seventeen years. Right now its about taking the next few weeks to rest/recover & then plan the next move. Mr. Trotz knew going into this season that he probably would “have to make the playoffs” in order to save his job & unfortunately Nashville was unable to overcome the loss of star goaltender Pekka Rinne. Mr. Trotz has been contacted by several teams & is looking to rejoin the NHL coaching ranks ASAP. The Los Angeles Kings have rediscovered their identity throughout the playoffs & appear to be returning to their 2012 Stanley Cup championship form however let’s not discount the Anaheim Ducks who still have the ability to get back into this series. The Boston Bruins shouldn’t be counted out yet because they are one of the elite teams in the league.

8:45 Jason Sobel – Senior Writer Golfchannel.com

The Players Championship is “a tournament for the players.” The bottom line is that this tournament is still highly regarded by the players because it is the unofficial “fifth major.” Graham DeLaet is a very strong player & it’s actually quite shocking that he has not won a major. This course should favour DeLaet’s style of play because he has a very good “long game.” Three players to watch this weekend include Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Brendon de Jonge.





May 7: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl recap an impressive Game 3 performance from PK Subban and the Habs, and Dwane Casey checks in to discuss his extension and in what areas the Raptors are looking to improve heading into next season.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs, NBA, and chatting with Bob Saget. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs with Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl, talking MLB, Raptors ball with Dwane Casey and NFL Draft. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

PK Subban remains a very polarizing figure in the city of Montreal despite a “Conn Smythe like performance” throughout the 2014 playoffs. It’s still too early to determine which team has the edge in this series despite the fact that the Canadiens currently sport a 2-1 series lead. The New York Rangers need to find a way to get their power play/offense going tonight vs. the Penguins & might receive a boost from the return of forward Chris Kreider. New York must also find a way to slow down Crosby/Letang who have really elevated their play throughout the course of this series. Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund is enjoying a breakout post-season & really has “raised the level of his play after a spirited performance at the 2014 Olympics.” Expect Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne to sign with Jokerit in the KHL after the end of this season.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

PK Subban has done a beautiful job of dealing with off/on ice criticism. Subban’s main focus during the 2014 post-season has been “doing what’s best for the Montreal Canadiens.” It will be interesting to see what kind of contract PK Subban & Montreal decide on heading into the off-season.


8:15 Dave Van Horne – Miami Marlins Lead Play-by-Play Announcer

The Miami Marlins remain a scrappy bunch however their 18-15 record has the team gradually inching towards the top of the National League East. The Marlins are 16-5 at home & a paltry 2-10 on the road, if Miami can improve their road record they would be in contention for a playoff spot. Last years 100 loss season was difficult for everyone involved which has made this season a pleasant surprise. Miami is still reaping the rewards from their massive trade with the Blue Jays & have been very pleased with the acquisitions of Adeiny Hechavarria/Jeff Mathis. The Montreal Expos seem to be a long-shot to return to major league baseball “because so much has to happen/lots of money would be involved.”

8:30 Dwane Casey – Toronto Raptors Head coach

It’s all about instilling a winning culture amongst the Toronto Raptors organization. Last season brought plenty of change however the 2014 offseason presents a much clearer vision for the Raptors moving forward. Establishing continuity in a program is one of the most integral components of running an NBA franchise. Hopefully some of the younger Raptors gained some valuable post-season experience & are poised to “take the next step next season.” Now the focus shifts towards the draft/offseason & the Raptors should probably look at taking a wingman in order to create more difficult matchups for the opposition.

8:45 Drew Dougherty – Host of Texans TV

The culture around the Houston Texans has been completely revitalized with the hiring of coach Bill O’Brien. At this point it would seem that the Texans are leaning towards selecting Jadeveon Clowney however anything could happen at this point. Houston also appears unlikely to select a quarterback with their first overall pick.






May 6: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl break down last night’s NHL playoff action with Darren Dreger, Steve Simmons and Pierre McGuire and tee up tonight’s Habs-Bruins Game 3 on TSN 1050.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs and Toronto Raptors. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL and NBA playoffs. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL & NBA playoffs as well as NFL Draft. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Pittsburgh Penguins are getting much better play from Crosby, Malkin, & Letang which a major reason why this team currently has a 2-1 series lead. Kristopher Letang admitted after the game that he is finally starting to get his timing back after a scary stroke incident earlier in the year. Alain Vigneault’s “stupid schedule comment” shouldn’t be taken too seriously because his team needed seven games to eliminate the Philadelphia Flyers. Rick Nash continues to struggle (lead the playoffs with shots on goal) & appears to be snakebite during these playoffs, what more can you ask for? The Anaheim Ducks have really struggled to get pucks past Jonathan Quick which has to change quickly in order for them to get back into this series.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger & Steve Simmons

The New York Rangers have had a difficult post-season schedule however excuses at this time of year are simply unacceptable. The Pittsburgh Penguins appear to have really grown after a near first round scare vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets. More importantly goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury seems to have rebounded beautifully (back to back shutouts) after a disastrous first round performance. The New York Rangers simply must be better & need to get the power play going otherwise their season will come to an abrupt end. The Los Angeles Kings appear to be rounding into form after a grueling seven game series vs. the San Jose Sharks. Kings forward Marian Gaborik might have been the best trade deadline acquisition & head coach Darryl Sutter has his team “running like a well oiled machine.” It will be interesting to see if a change of venue has any impact on this series. The Montreal Canadiens have done a great job of getting underneath the Bruins skin & this series has quickly become hotly contested after just two games. Carey Price will need to have another stellar performance tonight if Montreal wants to grab a 2-1 series lead.

8:15 Chris Brown – Lead Journalist Buffalobills.com

Khalil Mack could be the number one overall pick in this years draft however a lot of teams might be using the media to their advantage by sending “smoke screens” to the opposition. Mack could be the number one pick due to the concerns surrounding Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic. Clowney might be able to work in a more structured system (Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers etc…) & definitely remains an appealing asset. At this point the Bills appear to be leaning towards taking a corner back later in the draft (day three) & will probably select a wide receiver/tight end with the ninth overall selection. Buffalo might be interested in moving up/down the draft “if the right people fall” but probably won’t move past the #5/#6 spot. It will be interesting to see if the Bills leap frog the Buccaneers & try to acquire the seventh overall selection.





May 5: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl recap the Raptors’ coming up short in Game 7 with Josh Lewenberg, and Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger join the show to talk NHL playoffs and update the latest on the Leafs’ decision regarding Randy Carlyle.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl, recapping a disappointing Raptors loss to the Nets. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl, talking NHL playoffs, Toronto Raptors, Phil Mickelson and Toronto Blue Jays. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs and Toronto Blue Jays. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:00 Gilbert Dionne – Former NHL Player

Participating at the Baycrest tournament over the weekend was an absolute treat & the best part is that the function is for a great cause. Now the focus shifts towards game three tomorrow night between the Montreal Canadiens & Boston Bruins. The Canadiens must find a way to capitalize on the home crowd & ultimately should be happy with a 1-1 series split in Boston. Mr.Dionne also reflected on playing for coach Jacques Demers during the 1993 Stanley Cup run.

6:30 Josh Lewenberg – TSN 1050 Toronto Raptors Analyst

Yesterday’s 104-103 game seven loss is still very fresh however it’s important for the Raptors to be very proud of the 2014 season. Toronto continued to defy its critics however at the end of the day Kyle Lowry & company fell just short. Jonas Valanciunas really struggled in game seven but definitely “learned how to control his emotions going into big games” despite yesterday’s tough loss. Amir Johnson was tremendous before sitting out the fourth quarter due to foul trouble which definitely hurt the Raptors long-term. Jason Kidd’s decision to start Alan Anderson in place of Shaun Livingston might have been one of the key turning points of the series. Now the focus shifts towards the status of Kyle Lowry who could be looking for at a 4-5 year contract worth roughly 50 million dollars.

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The New York Rangers had plenty of time to prepare for game two however at the end of the day “Pittsburgh was simply better.” The Rangers did their job (getting a split in Pittsburgh) but must figure out a way to get the power play going if they want to win this series. The Rangers are a different team on home ice & do have one of the best goaltenders in Henrik Lundqvist so it will be interesting to see how tonight plays out. Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Saad had a solid performance last night vs. the Minnesota Wild & is often referred to as a “man child” by his teammates. Saad has plenty of role models at his disposal (Towes/Hossa) & seems poised to take the next step in his development. Minnesota had a difficult time trying to keep pace with Chicago & need to “mix it up” in order to get back into this series. The Los Angeles Kings have star players at key positions (Kopitar, Doughty, Quick) & plenty of secondary scoring/defense. Game one’s come from behind win over the Ducks might have been a devastating blow for Anaheim.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

The Los Angeles Kings have “found their mojo” after a difficult first round scare vs. the San Jose Sharks. Some of the reasons for this turnaround include the spirited play of Jonathan Quick (who seems to be on a roll after Saturday’s come from behind win over the Anaheim Ducks) At this point there appears to be nothing “imminent” regarding any personnel decisions surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs. Other teams of intrigue include (Florida, Vancouver, Carolina, & San Jose) There are some difficult decisions that lie ahead however “sometime the best decisions you make are the ones you don’t make.” It’s also quite possible that San Jose decides to shake up the core instead of get rid of another talented coach.

8:15 Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst

The Blue Jays starting pitching has been wildly inconsistent this season which has cause John Gibbons to overtax his bullpen. Do the Jays continue to give Dustin McGowan some rope or send him to the bullpen & give more innings to Marcus Stroman? JA Happ gets the call tonight in Philadelphia however the Jays should be troubled at the fact that Happ’s ERA has increased every year. It should also be interesting to see how Happ adjusts from a bullpen to starting rotation position. Toronto should also be mildly concerned about Jose Reyes lack of production.



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