May 8: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Dave Feschuk are joined by Dave Nonis to explain his decision to bring back Randy Carlyle and give him a two-year extension, and Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Jeff O’Neill and Steve Simmons check in to analyze the move and discuss what roster changes to expect going forward.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk talk about Randy Carlyle's two-year extension with the Leafs and chat with TSN Hockey Analyst Jeff O'Neill. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk are joined by Bob McKenzie and Dave Nonis to discuss the Carlyle contract extension. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Dave Feschuk are joined by Steve Simmons and Darren Dreger to talk about the Leafs retaining Randy Carlyle. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Jeff O’Neill, TSN Hockey Analyst

TSN Hockey Analyst Jeff O'Neill joined the program to talk about the Leafs giving head coach Randy Carlyle a two-year contract extension. The extension is a good move for the club as it gives Carlyle a voice in the locker room that he's here for the long haul. That being said, Carlyle must change his approach, especially in the defensive end. There will likely be some personnel changes on the roster but with all the long-term contracts on the team, moving players can be difficult. For the Leafs to improve they will need players like Phil Kessel to become solid two-way players. O'Neill doesn't expect both Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner to be back, with Gardiner being the one likely shipped out. The teams left in the playoffs have elite talent in the core of their clubs, and the six or seven players that the Leafs consider their core aren't on that level. If one of the core players is likely to be moved, O'Neill sees it being Joffrey Lupul.

Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie joined the program to talk about the Randy Carlyle contract extension. At the time of the Leafs collapse it would have been a shock that Carlyle would be retained, but the way the last couple days have gone it became clear he would return. He received a two-year extension because the club didn't want to create a lame-duck situation where Carlyle would be coaching on a one-year deal. The term of the contract means nothing to a club as rich as the Leafs, if they wanted to fire him early next year they would. It's clear that Nonis and Shanahan view Carlyle as a good NHL coach, but one that lost his way during the season, possibly due to the influences from his assistant coaches. Three new assistants for next season could be significant if Carlyle is open to their ideas and opinions. McKenzie also stressed that there will likely be personnel changes to the roster, as the club cannot enter next year with the same roster they had this year.

Dave Nonis, Senior VP and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs Senior VP and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs Dave Nonis joined the program to talk about the two-year contract extension given to Head Coach Randy Carlyle. The club felt that Carlyle was the right man for the job and had done a great job in developing what is still a young team. The fact the assistant coaches were all fired proves there will be a new voice in some capacity behind the bench. While Carlyle was retained the club does expect the team to look different next season and make some changes to the style of play that hurt the team last season. With three games to go in the season last year, a lot of the players were both physically and mentally gassed, but that blame is passed on everyone, not just Carlyle. The club will definitely have to make some changes, will have to promote some players within from the Marlies, look for some short-term free agents, and move some pieces through trade.

Steve Simmons, Sunmedia + TSN’s The Reporters

Steve Simmons of TSN "The Reporters" and the Toronto Sun, joined the program to talk about the Leafs retaining Randy Carlyle as head coach. Simmons agrees with keeping Randy Carlyle but is shocked that he got a two-year extension. The Leafs wanted to make a strong statement that Carlyle is a coach they believe in. However, despite the extension, if the Leafs struggle next season he will be fired. Nonis and Carlyle have a long relationship going back to Vancouver where Nonis hired Carlyle to coach the AHL Manitoba Moose. Today would have been a very tough day as Carlyle had to fire one of his best friends, assistant coach Dave Farrish, and Nonis had to fire one of his best friends, assistant coach Greg Cronin. While many look at this season as an epic meltdown, it's important to remember how successful the Leafs were last season, and the job Carlyle did. The Leafs need a softer guy as an assistant coach as Carlyle is the hardened head coach.

Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined the program to talk about the Leafs giving head coach Randy Carlyle a two-year extension. It was inevitable the Leafs needed to make a decision, but the longer this crept into the off-season it was clear Carlyle wouldn't be losing his job. It wasn't Carlyle's decision to fire his three assistant coaches, and he wasn't pleased about it. The players can view today's move as one that they had better buy into Carlyle's system or they could be moved. If things were to really go sour next year it wouldn't be shocking if Carlyle was fired. The biggest concern for the Leafs going forward is the blue line, and promotion from the Marlies along with free agency is likely how they will fix that. Dreger also discussed whether Jake Gardiner is on the trading block with Morgan Rielly's emergence, and if Joffrey Lupul is on his way out of town.





May 7: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Dave Hodge break down whether the Ducks can comeback in their series versus the surging Kings with Pierre LeBrun, and John Bartlett and Darren Dreger check in to discuss how the Canadiens are surprisingly taking control of their series with the Bruins.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge Blue Jays Baseball, NHL and NBA playoffs and are joined by John Bartlett to chat Canadiens/Bruins. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge were joined by Pierre LeBrun and Ben Bishop and Dan Shulman. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by Darren Dreger and Paul Holmgren. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

John Bartlett, Voice of the Montreal Canadiens on TSN 690

Bartlett detailed the story of the Canadiens’ anthem singer, and how Ginette Rino has became part of the folklore of this series and this team as a whole. Bartlett also detailed how Mike Weaver and Dale Weise have been big additions for this team, while this acquisition of Thomas Vanek has gotten all of the headlines.

Pierre LeBrun, TSN Hockey Insider

Pierre LeBrun says that the Ducks outplayed the Kings in Game 1, but Game 2 was more of a toss up. On merit, LeBrun thinks it should be a 1-1 split right now, but it is 2-0. He thinks people will find out a lot about the character of the Anaheim team within the next couple of games. Right now, he thinks Quick in net for the Kings is the difference maker in the series. He goes on to chat about the Sharks collapse and how the mix they have is no longer good enough. LeBrun expects change in the near future for the Sharks organization.

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender, Vezina Candidate

Bishop spoke about his experience with the Senators, and how that was a big help to his ascent with the Lightning. He saw how hard it is to become a number 1 goalie in the league, and he made sure to do everything he could to keep that role. Bishop believes that almost every backup goaltender could be a serviceable starting goaltender, but experience is a huge factor and as a backup, you learn a lot. He also chatted about how the team found out about Martin St. Louis’ trade, and how everyone was shocked when it happened.

Dan Shulman, ESPN

If Derek Jeter isn’t hitting like Derek Jeter, he isn’t cut out to be a #2 hitter. You have to expect this to be become a big issue in New York in the coming months, but he’ll have a longer leash than most. Tulowitzki is having an incredible season, but many of the Rockies are on fire, so it seems like the entire team has taken a step forward offensively.


Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

Dreger says some of the Canadiens players are unhappy with the antics of Milan Lucic, and he’s been a real pest for Montreal to handle. Dreger is surprised to see David Krejci and Brad Marchand struggles, especially considering all of their success in playoffs past. He believes Boston has shifted in terms of how they’re dealing with the media, as it was unusual for Peter Chiarelli to be made available. Dreger says that Ron Hextall was recognized as Paul Holmgren’s successor early on, and no one should be overly surprised that this transpired. Finally, Dreger says that it is “eerily” quiet around the Leafs re: Randy Carlyle.

Paul Holmgren, New President of the Philadelphia Flyers

Holmgren said that this is a good move for the organization, and that Hextall is the right guy to take this team to new heights. Holmgren asserted he’s completely comfortable with the arrangement, and he’s happy to be focused more on the business aspects. The Flyers traded away a lot of draft picks over the years, and the idea going in is to continue to build from within. Steve Mason and Ray Emery worked very well together this year, but Mason really took the next step as a goaltender and the team was happy to commit to him long-term.





May 6: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Masai Ujiri to discuss Dwane Casey’s extension and the impending free agency of Kyle Lowry, and Darren Dreger checks in to chat about the Mike Babcoack-Leafs rumours and whether Brendan Shanahan and Dave Nonis are on the same page with regards to Randy Carlyle.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge chat with ESPN Analyst Matt Williamson about the NFL Draft and TSN President Stewart Johnston about TSN expansion. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by Bob McKenzie to talk NHL playoffs, Matt Stairs to chat MLB and Masai Ujiri to discuss Raptors. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge were joined by Richard Griffin to chat MLB, Darren Dreger to talk NHL playoffs and Jack Armstrong to chat Raptors. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

Matt Williamson, ESPN NFL Analyst

One of ESPN’s primary scout says that Johnny Manziel is as difficult a scouting evaluation as he’s ever seen, and he doesn’t really play like any player who’s currently in the league, so there are a ton of uncertainties with him. Williamson believes that the downside of Clowney is a lot lower than Manziel, but GM’s never want to be viewed as the guy who passed on an all-time great.

Stewart Johnston, President of TSN

The President of Canada’s Sports Leader joined Naylor and Hodge to discuss TSN’s announcement today of additional channels and programming, and what it means for the company going forward.



Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie believes that a great powerplay and great goaltending can overcome a lot, and that’s exactly why Montreal has a chance to beat Boston in a seven-game series. McKenzie says it appears that the Kings and Blackhawks are on a collision course for a Western Conference final, and that matchup could be one for the ages. Looking back on the Kings, there was initially a sense that Bernier was going to be the future in goal, but once Jonathan Quick took them to the Cup, the choice was almost made for them.

Matt Stairs, Longtime Major Leaguer, Now a Colour Analyst with the Philadelphia Phillies

Stairs says that the more he worked out, the more he got injured, so he really cooled it on the fitness aspect towards the end of his career. He also chatted about fellow Canadian Justin Morneau.



Masai Ujiri, General Manager of the Toronto Raptors

Ujiri spoke about giving Dwane Casey a chance as the coach, and having never worked with him previously, he wanted to see what he can do and how they could work together. Ujiri says if Kyle Lowry wants to be in Toronto, the Raptors are going to be fair for what he’s done. The team is prepared for everything, that’s his job, but the team wants Kyle Lowry and they hope Kyle Lowry wants to be here. Ujiri did not voice his concerns about the officiating to the league office, as he doesn’t want that to be who the team is and what they’re about. If he is to lead this team, there can’t be any excuses.

Richard Griffin, Toronto Star

Griffin believes that at any time if J.A Happ stumbles, Marcus Stroman is the guy who will get the call to fill his spot in the rotation. With Brett Lawrie’s hamstring, the Jays will want to be cautious, as he’s a huge part of the team both offensively and defensively. There are a lot of fans who believe that Stephen Drew would be a good solution at 2B, but at the moment, the Jays are just looking to a defensively minded player to fill the void at the 2 bag.

Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

Dreger says he’s been a little surprised about the amount of chirping between the Bruins and the Canadiens coaching staffs. Dreger believes there is absolutely a chance that Mike Babcock isn’t the longterm solution at Head Coach for the Red Wings. He asserts that Toronto would fit into a team that he’d like to coach down the road. Finally, Dreger believes that Dave Nonis is inclined to stick with Randy Carlyle, but we don’t know what Shanahan wants to do as of yet.

Jack Armstrong, NBA on TSN

Jack joined Naylor and Hodge to chat about his quips with the NBA officiating during the Raptors/Nets series. While the reality is that certain stars like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are experienced and have played Hall-of-Fame careers, that shouldn’t mean that they should be entitled to certain calls in an NBA game. It might not even be a conscious thing, but we have to assure that this doesn’t happen.





May 5: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Bruce Arthur look back at the Raptors’ improbable season and the way the city was captivated and gained recognition throughout North America with Dave Feschuk and Tony Reali, and Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger check in to give an update on Randy Carlyle’s status.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor. Dave Feschuk and Bruce Arthur join, and talk Raptors, including Kyle Lowry's future, and Vince Carter. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor. TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie and the host of Around the Horn on ESPN Tony Reali join the show. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

The final hour of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor. Steve Javie, Darren Dreger, and Scott MacArthur join the show. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

5:00 – Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie joined Naylor and Arthur to chat about the coaching carousel around the NHL, including the Hurricanes dismissal of Kirk Muller today. Ulf Samuelsson has to be considered a top candidate for that position. Barry Trotz is high on everyone’s list, and he’ll get a job somewhere. If Randy Carlyle is dismissed, he’ll become an immediate candidate in Florida. With the Rangers/Penguins series, a lot is being made of Crosby’s lack of goals, but he’s definitely contributing in different areas. The Rangers have been doing a good job playing their own game as opposed to the game of the Penguins.

5:30 – Tony Reali, Host of Around the Horn on ESPN

The man formerly known as “Stat Boy” checked into TSN Drive to detail his rise to fame with ESPN, and what it’s like working closely with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Reali is leaving PTI to take an opportunity at Good Morning America. Being a New York native, Reali says you have to be impressed with the Toronto fans, and no place looked better than Toronto to the American audience. The respect that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were giving Kyle Lowry makes it obvious that the Raptors should do what it takes to retain him.

6:00 – Steve Javie, Longtime NBA Official (25 Years), ESPN NBA Analyst

Javie reflected back on his career as NBA official, and said that so-called “veteran influence” really doesn’t exist. Referees don’t care if it’s Paul Pierce or John Doe out there. Officiating is more instinctive than anything else, as you don’t have time to think, you just react as an official. Through experience, you create a memory bank and react to situations instinctively.

6:15 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider

Dreger says that even the Canadiens would admit that they stole Game 1 of the series, and that was evident in Game 2. Dreger says that the Bruins are leaning on their experience heading into Montreal for Games 3 and 4. Dreger says there is no definitive timeline or deadline for Randy Carlyle and the Maple Leafs, but the management group will certain be talking about the situation this week. Dreger says that if McLellan were to be fired from the Sharks, he’d be at the top of the page for many teams in terms of being a Head Coach.

6:30 – Scott MacArthur, TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

MacArthur says that J.A Happ is going to get a chance to stick in the rotation, and while the Jays definitely project Stroman as a starting pitcher, for now he’ll be used out of the bullpen. Scotty says that the Jays might be willing to consider playing Brett Lawrie more at 2B if it meant getting Juan Francisco into the lineup more often.




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