July 4: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Bryan, Bill Hayes discusses the Leafs’ Finnish additions with Risto Pakarinen, and James Mirtle checks in to weigh in on the good and bad of Toronto’s off-season acquisitions.


Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

James Mirtle talked about the Leafs additions. Risto Pakarinen talked about Kontiola & Komarov. Aaron Ward discussed Legwand & the Senators. Hour 1 Audio


2:30 – James Mirtle, Globe and Mail

Mirtle says he won’t forget this season because everything unraveled at the end of the season. He says that the team was getting desperate towards the end of the year and JVR and Phil Kessel starting getting worn out and ran our out of gas. He says that the team has went skill over size recently in the NHL draft. On the recent free agency signings, he says that Frattin was a decent gamble but they overpaid Komarov. He says that Jay McClement was overstretched last season, and he calls his signing with Carolina a “addition by subtraction.” He thinks that Cody Franson may be dealt soon.

3 – Risto Pakarinen, IIHF.com & Co-Author of “This is Russia – Life in the KHL”

Risto Pakarinen says that Leafs fans should be excited about signing Petri Kontiola because he flew under the radar in the Finland. He calls him a versatile player who can play all over the ice and in most positions. He says that he’s a quirky guy. On the topic of Komarov, he says he went to the KHL because he wanted a bigger role to show that he could play in Sochi. He thinks that Komarov being in Toronto helped Kontiola go there. He says he would take Kontiola over St. Louis Blues signee Jori Lehtera.

3:15 – Aaron Ward, TSN Hockey Analyst

He says that he knew David Legwand through associations with Nike, and that’s the relationship that made him break the signing today. He calls him a good fit with the Senators. He says the Leafs were in talks with him but weren’t able to come to an agreement on term/ #s. He calls this years free agency the weirdest that he’s ever seen, especially the Orpik/Niskanen signings. He thinks that Buffalo has made the best leap. He also thinks that Florida made the necessary moves.

July 3: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Bryan, Mike Hogan along with Jamie McLennan are joined in studio by Wayne Simmonds to chat about his growth with the Flyers and Claude Giroux’s off-the-ice issues, and Jay McClement checks in to discuss his move to the Hurricanes and the fond memories he has of his two years in Toronto.


Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Chris Botta talked about Grabovski & Kulemin going to the Islanders. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Wayne Simmonds was in studio. Jay McClement talked about his move to Carolina. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Leo Rautins talked about Kyle Lowry. John Kryk talked about the Buffalo Bills. Marcel Desjardins discussed Redblacks. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Joined by Scott MacArthur, Sean FitzGerald, and Tim Reynolds. Hour 2 Audio


12:30 - Chris Botta, Sports Business Journal

Chris likes the acquisition of Grabovski & Kulemin. He sees that they still need to bolster their defence. When talking about Islanders fans & their feelings about Brooklyn, he said that people in the far reaches of Long Island will not get to the games like they would in the past. Chris says that Andrew Barroway & Charles Wang have an understanding on a price for the Islanders. It is an evaluation of the team for $400 Million. He believes that Barroway would buy 75-80% of the team. There is a strong Russian contingent in Brooklyn, New York. Chris expalined that Russians are a part of that borough's fabric.

1 - Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers (in studio)

Simmonds talks about his season with the Flyers and how far along his own game has come. He feels he’s getting better with each passing season. He talks about the influence Craig Berube has had on this game and how Berube has a lot of faith in him and given him more responsibility. He talks about the Hartnell trade and says they’re going to miss his presence in the locker room. He compares media in LA to that of Philly. When talking about his Philadelphia sports fan experiences, he mentions an encounter after the Winter Classic involving a Rangers fan getting jumped. He mentions the Claude Giroux incident and says it could have been way worse. He feels that people in the media will likely blow it out of proportion but the guys on the team will fun some fun at his expense.

1:35 – Jay McClement, Carolina Hurricanes

McClement says that he chose to sign with Carolina because they showed interest in him right away. He talks about his time in Toronto with the Leafs and says he really he enjoyed his time here. Recalling his best moments he enjoyed the Winter Classic, and Game six against Boston in Toronto. He’s excited to learn under Rod Brind'amour. He says that it can be hard for players being under intense media pressure in Toronto.

2:15 – Leo Rautins, TSN NBA Analyst

Leo Rautins said that there is always a concern when players hit the free-agent market, but Masai Ujiri has a plan. He doesn’t think that the Raptors overpaid Lowry because he was such an important player for the team last season. He says that he was the MVP of the Raptors, and has put behind negative detractors. He dismissed the idea of him performing because of a contract year, because he put his body on the line all last season. He says management has done a bang up job.

2:30 – John Kryk, Sun Media Columnist

Sun Media columnist John Kryk joins Mike and says that the Buffalo Bills are now all in with selling the teams. He talks about how Rogers will not be interested in buying the Bills alone, but that is pure speculation. On prospective buyer Jon Bon Jovi, he says that its being made known that he’s likely to keep the team in Buffalo. On the topic of the Niagara Falls location, he says that it makes perfect sense in terms location. He doesn’t think the Bills will move to Toronto in Hogie’s lifetime.

2:45 – Marcel Desjardins, Ottawa Redblacks GM

Ottawa REDBLACKS GM Marcel Desjardins says the thing that surprised him the most with working with a team from scratch is working on the business side of things. From a personnel standpoint, he said finding as many good players as possible was a challenge. He says that it’s important to maximize the Gatineau/Hull market. He says that it’s important to have Henry Burris because he’s good on and off the field. He’s not surprised that the team has had a strong start preseason.

3:10 – Doug Robson, USA Today (from Wimbeldon)

Doug joins the show from Wimbledon and says Bouchard is only 20 and has the mental fortitude you don’t see in a lot of young players. She’s a killer – her forte is that she really wants to win and goes out there and executes. She went up against a tough opponent today who is creative with angles and a fast mover but as usual Eugenie played the big points well and played the suffocating kind of tennis she’s shown this tournament. She looks like she’s going to win the whole thing.

3:30 – Sean Fitz-Gerald, National Post

Sean believes that Bouchard has not only reached the Final of Wimbledon, but she has reached true elite status. She has put together a string of results that prove this. When talking about the Leafs, Sean explained that he is unable to foresee the end game based on what they've done. With these transactions, the Leafs are selling hope to their fans. Sean said that James Reimer's current situation is unfortunate & created largely through the wrongdoing of Carlyle.

3:45 – Tim Reynolds, Associated Press

Tim Reynolds said that the Miami Heat were linked to a ton of a players just one hour after free agency started. He said that the Heat look after every free agent, and says they were just doing their due diligent. He talks about the different options that the Heat have been pursuing in free agency, which includes Lance Stephenson. He calls the Spurs an amazing team that nobody knows about. When talking about soccer, he wishes their was less disappointment in regard to the U.S.’ performance.

June 2: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Bryan, Mike Hogan along with Jamie McLennan are joined by Dave Nonis to discuss his recent signings and trade acquisitions, and Chad Owens checks in to chat about the Argos home opener Saturday at 3pm on NewsTalk 1010.


Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Dave Nonis talked about his recent transactions. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Jonas Siegel & Mitch Melnick joined the show. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Josh Lewenberg, Chad Owens and Helen Kelesi joined the show. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (The Bryan Hayes Show):

Craig Button and Scott Ferguson joined the show. Hour 2 Audio

June 30: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Bryan, Jamie McLennan and Jeff O’Neill are joined by William Nylander to discuss his mindset heading into the 2014-15 season, and Kelly Chase and Ray Ferraro break down the Carl Gunnarsson-Roman Polak deal.


Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 1 of Leafs Lunch. Kelly Chase talked about Roman Polak. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):

Hour 2 of Leafs Lunch. Joined by William Nylander and Ray Ferraro. Hour 2 Audio


2:30 – Kelly Chase, St. Louis Blues Radio Colour Analyst

Kelly Chase discusses the Carl Gunnarsson and Roman Polak trade and describes Roman Polak as a hard worker who’s liked by his teammates. He said Polak became expendable because they have a lot of players like Polak, but needed a puck moving defenseman. Chase doesn't think the tinkering is done on the Blues team and touches on the speculation that the Blues are interested in Spezza. Chase talked about Jason Spezza being a natural, gifted player and how he could help the Blues in a deep playoff situation. He thinks the Blues are looking for a player who can make some plays.

3 – William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs Draft Pick

William Nylander joins Leaf Lunch to talk about the experience of being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He says it was fun being drafted by the Leafs and it was great to finally be drafted because he’d been looking forward to that day for a while. He says it was a surreal feeling to hear his name being called and going through the rounds of media after. He says he had interviewed with the Leafs earlier in the season, met them at the combine and then again at the draft. If he had to do a scouting report on himself he says he would be a good player that likes to scores goals and make plays. It was a great experience playing with his father, Michael, and working with him leading up to this point in his career. His goal is to play in NHL next year and he will do whatever it takes. He talks about the attention from Leafs fans and the media and says he’s just starting to realize how big hockey is here in comparison to Sweden. The media attention will take some getting used to.

3:15 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst

Ferraro says he’s been impressed with how the Canucks came out of the gate swinging this weekend. They’re going in the direction their previous regime refused to go in and that’s a rebuild – they’re going young and they’ll be unrecognizable to how they look a year ago. That’s a positive because they were stuck in the middle. Vancouver’s interest in Ryan Miller doesn’t make sense to him. If they’re going to sign him in the range of 3 yrs at 16 million, why wouldn’t they have approached Carolina for Cam Ward if Miller if they’re just looking for someone to help along Eddie Lack. It’s ludicrous to say Brodeur will be a mentor wherever he goes because when has he ever been a mentor? He wants to play and that’s the same with Miller. Other goalies they could go look at to support Lack are James Reimer, Chad Johnson, etc. Not surprised by Toronto’s interest in Josh Gorges but doesn’t understand why Montreal wouldn’t have tried to make a deal quietly with the teams on his no trade list.

Leafs Lunch and The Bryan Hayes Show: June 24-27

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