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May 16: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger and Jeff O’Neill to tee up Game 7 between the Ducks and Kings and chat about whether John Gibson can rebound from his shaky Game 6.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Mike & Dave. Taking you around the NBA, and joined by UFC Star Tito Ortiz. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Mike & Dave. Taking you around the NHL with Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 with Mike & Dave. Taking you around the NHL and talking Blue Jays with Steve Simmons. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:30 Tito Ortiz - UFC Hall of Famer

Mr.Ortiz joined Mike Richards to preview Saturday's May 17th fight vs. Alexander Shlemenko.




7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Chicago Blackhawks will have their hands full regardless of which team they face in the Western Conference Finals. Some key matchups in this series include the Doughty vs. Perry/Getzlaf match up. It will be interesting to see how John Gibson handles the pressure tonight in “what is arguable the biggest game of his career.” The New York Rangers will enter hostile territory on Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre. The Rangers received an emotional boost from the passing of Martin St.Louis mother & will have to carry that momentum into game one. San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson made some decision to shake up his team (not re-signing Havlat/Boyle, moving Brent Burns back to defense) Burns remains one of the rare talents that can switch from forward to defenseman however he is probably better served as a forward. At this point it appears that Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma will be fired at the end of the season however there are no imminent candidates at the moment.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

The Anaheim Ducks definitely have the offense to overpower the Los Angeles Kings however goaltender Jonathan Quick always seems to save his best effort for elimination games. The goaltending battle between Quick/Gibson definitely remains one of the main story lines heading into tonight’s game. Dan Boyle is expected to not be re-signed by the San Jose Sharks however he will be turning 38 in July. It’s possible that the Maple Leafs show “some interest” in Mr. Boyle during the off-season.

8:15 Steve Simmons – Sun Media & The Reporters

At this point it will be interesting to see which team steps up & seizes command of the American League East division. This is the first time that this division is”truly up for grabs.” Toronto has an amazing opportunity provided they can find themselves however we still don’t know what type of team this is. Bautista has been great, Encarnacion is heating up, if 1-2 pitchers can step up & take command Toronto might be able to do some damage. If Bautista approaches the end of his current contract & the Jays are not competitive he would probably want to go elsewhere. Doug Wilson’s decision to not re-sign defenseman Dan Boyle isn’t that surprising because he will be 38 years old in July. The Aaron Hernandez situation is shocking/stunning & continues to get more bizarre every day. “It’s disturbing to think that someone who has everything could get involved in these types of shenanigans.”

8:45 Jeff O’Neill – TSN 1050 Leafs Lunch Co-Host

The Los Angeles Kings simply “know how to win” & are battle tested in pressure cooker situations. For some reason Doughty, Kopitar, Quick, etc… always seem to save their best when their back is against the wall. Milan Lucic’s post-game antics during the hand shake line was simply unacceptable & really shed some bad light on the Boston Bruins organization.





May 14: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl recap last night’s series clinching wins by the Rangers and Blackhawks and tee up Game 7 of Habs/Bruins on TSN 1050 with Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger, and Rob Rossi checks in to discuss what changes could take place in Pittsburgh following another playoff disappointment.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Mike & Dave taking you around the NHL, and some Jays talk. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Mike & Dave. Talking NHL, NBA & MLB. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 with Mike & Dave. Joined by Rob Rossi, and Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

5:45 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

There will definitely be a lot of “soul searching” today in Pittsburgh after yet another epic post-season collapse. There’s a very good chance that the coaching staff will look a lot different next fall & one has to wonder if massive player personnel changes will follow. Now it’s up to Penguins management to sort through the ashes & bring this club back to elite status. The New York Rangers were buoyed by a stellar performance by Henrik Lundqvist & also benefitted by making some major changes to the powerplay. Let’s give a big shout out to the Rangers for pretty much riding the wave of momentum that is Henrik Lundqvist. The Chicago Blackhawks narrowly escaped a difficult series vs. the Minnesota Wild thanks to the spirited play of goaltender Corey Crawford. Let’s give another shout out to Minnesota for taking a big step forward & gaining some valuable playoff experience. Tonight’s game seven between the Montreal Canadiens & Boston Bruins should be epic but “just how much gas does Montreal have left in the tank?”

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

It will be interesting to see how Montreal/Boston respond tonight during game seven in Boston. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has become the focal point of this series due to the fact that the Bruins have had a difficult time beating him “cleanly” & should be mildly concerned about tonight’s match up. The Los Angeles Kings finds themselves facing adversity (once again) however this team doesn’t seem to have the same confidence they possessed during their first round series vs. the San Jose Sharks. Gary Bettman & Bill Daly’s meeting in Seattle yesterday definitely had some significance because the “NHL has obvious interest in Seattle.” The problem is that these negotiations won’t really pick up steam until an NBA partner is part of the agreement.

8:15 Rob Rossi – Pittsburgh Tribune Review

At this point Penguins ownership is basically considering “a complete overhaul” after last night’s untimely exit. Dan Bylsma & his assistants future remains in doubt because “ownership is very unhappy with the lack of recent drafts/accountability/overall toughness.” Reports indicate that GM Ray Shero COULD be fired & that Evgeni Malkin WILL NOT BE MOVED (he has a full no trade clause & would return to the KHL if traded from Pittsburgh) however the team might lean towards trading Letang/Neal, & Marc-Andre Fleury’s future remains tenuous. The Penguins are also expected to pay very close attention to the Mike Babcock/Detroit Red Wings situation.

8:45 Rene Rancourt – Boston Bruins Anthem Singer

Boston Bruins anthem singer/legend Rene Rancourt joined Mike Richards & David Bastl to reflect on his career & love for the Bruins.







May 13: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl break down the Habs impressive Game 6 performance versus the Bruins, and tee up tonight’s Game 7 between the Rangers and Sidney Crosby’s Penguins with Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger, Steve Simmons and Mike Johnson.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Mike & Dave. Taking you around the NHL playoffs, the CFL Draft & talking Donald Sterling. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Mike & Dave. Talking Blue Jays, and taking you around the NHL. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 with Mike & Dave taking you through the top stories in sports. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

6:00 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Boston Bruins ran into some hard luck & were unable to overcome the raw emotion at the Bell Centre last night. PK Subban elevated his game once again & Boston was never able to overcome a first period goal from Lars Eller. This series has proved that “there are no gimmies” however the Bruins play a different style on the road vs. at home. Game seven tomorrow night should be “very interesting” due to the fact that Montreal continues to prove their critics wrong. The 2014 playoff have also been a coming out party for PK Subban who has really established himself as a superstar in the NHL. Devante Smith-Pelly is another player that has enjoyed a breakout season with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks are in a very good position going forward with a healthy blend of youth & veteran leadership within the organization. Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby must set the tone early tonight in order to propel his team to a game seven victory.

6:30 Mike Hogan – CFL Draft Preview

The only “dark cloud” surrounding this years CFL draft is the ongoing CBA negotiations. The Ottawa RedBlacks are on the clock “& will be looking to make a splash at the draft.” At this point we should expect Ottawa to select an offensive lineman with the first overall pick. The most interesting thing about this draft is that many of the players will eventually try out for the NFL. It should be a fun/unique experience for Mr. Hogan tonight inside the “CFL war room.”

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger & Steve Simmons

The Boston Bruins “said all the right things” after last night’s game six loss however the reality is that this team blew a golden opportunity. Game seven will probably come down to the team that ends up scoring first because this has been the trend throughout this series. Another game seven kicks off tonight in Pittsburgh & New York has proved to be a resilient bunch/benefited from some very good karma. The Rangers have found a way to throw Crosby off his game therefore they should be considered a legitimate threat tonight. If the Pittsburgh Penguins lose we could see a “franchise altering move” & or coaching shakeup? Tonight is definitely “a signature game for a team that is struggling.” Penguins GM Ray Shero has lots of money tied up in a few players, should we cue to Malkin to Toronto rumours starting tomorrow morning? The Minnesota Wild are a deep team & the younger players have really taken the next step in their development. The Wild have also benefited from surprisingly strong play from goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov which might have bought Mike Yeo/Chuck Fletcher “another few years at the helm.”

8:15 Mike Johnson – NHL on TSN Analyst

The Minnesota Wild are a confident bunch heading into tonight’s game six vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (largely because of their 5-0 record on home ice) The bottom line is that Minnesota has been the faster team in this series which has prevented Chicago from controlling the pace. Minnesota has played really well in Chicago therefore they should have plenty of confidence if this series ends up going to seven games. At this point the status of forward Matt Moulson remains questionable.





May 12: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl recap last night’s playoff action with Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger, and discuss the latest on the Dion Phanuef trade rumours.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 with Mike & Dave taking you around the NHL and some Jays talk. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 with Mike & Dave. Joined by Darren Dreger for Leafs Breakfast, and Pierre McGuire. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 with Mike & Dave. Joined by Dirk Hayhurst. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

5:45 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Martin St. Louis was able to overcome a difficult tragedy & propel his team to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. The Rangers have used this tragic turn of events as a rallying point & it will be interesting to see “just how far this team can go in the playoffs.” Anaheim Ducks rookie goaltender John Gibson has been a revelation thus far which makes you wonder why they waited to long to put him in net. The Ducks are “very much alive” which begs the question “who has the advantage heading into game five? The Boston Bruins played their best game of the playoffs on Saturday & Montreal has really struggled to contain Boston’s third line of Soderberg/Eriksson/Fraser.

7:30 Drew MacIntyre – Toronto Marlies Goaltender

The Toronto Marlies are off to a strong start (up 2-0 vs. the Chicago Wolves) however it’s still far too early to take the foot off the gas pedal. Right now the focus is on the playoffs however MacIntyre’s impending UFA status on July 1st is hard to ignore. In an ideal world Mr. MacIntyre would prefer to stay with the Maple Leafs even though “young players keep coming in & stealing his job.”

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

Shawn Thornton’s suspension for his “water bottle antics” shouldn’t come as a major surprise because the NHL really wants to prevent these types of incidents from reoccurring. Bruins head coach Claude Julien was disgusted/repulse with Thornton’s tomfoolery which makes you wonder “if he will be in the lineup tonight for game six tonight vs. Montreal.” PK Subban’s point was valid “if he squirted someone on the Boston bench, the media would’ve had a field day with this story.” There have been rumours surrounding Dion Phaneuf however the Maple Leafs are pretty much shopping everyone on their roster (technically) This is different scenario from Jason Spezza who appears to have fully embraced a trade at this point. One team that might be interested in the Spezza sweepstakes is the Anaheim Ducks.

8:15 Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Analyst

The Los Angeles Angels & Toronto Blue Jays are actually quite similar teams. Both play in tough divisions, are offensively gifted, & have struggled with starting pitching. The Blue Jays decision to move Brett Lawrie to second base might not be the most popular decision especially for Mr. Lawrie who is definitely looking forward to a big pay day come summertime. The Blue Jays have survived up to this point because of a bevy of injuries throughout the American League East.



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