March 14: Show In Review
Bryan and Jamie, along with Craig Button break down the Leafs impressive California swing with Ray Ferraro and Kristian Jack joins Bryan to tee up Toronto FC’s much anticipated regular season debut on Saturday versus Seattle on TSN 1050.
Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):
Bryan, Jamie, and special co-host Craig Button discuss the Leafs impressive win against the Kings. Hour 1 Audio
Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):
Bryan, Jamie, and special co-host Craig Button discuss Reimer's ability as a starter and are joined by TSN Hockey Analyst Ray Ferraro. Hour 2 Audio
Hour 1 (The Bryan Hayes Show):
Bryan discusses Reimer getting his bell rung and TSN MLS Analyst Kristian Jack phones in to preview Toronto FC's season. Hour 1 Audio
March 13: Show In Review
Bryan and Jamie tee up tonight’s Leafs/Kings game with Ray Ferraro and Darryl Evans, chat with Brian Burke about his feelings regarding tanking and Amir Johnson checks in to discuss the keys to the Raptors' success.
Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):
Bryan and Jamie discuss tonight's Leafs/Kings matchup and are joined by LA Kings Colour Commentator Daryl Evans. Hour 1 Audio
Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst
In light of Leafs Kings tonight, the guys reminisce on hilarious moments from Darryl Sutter, Ferraro is asked by the crew if he's played for a coach that had unconventional tactics as to how to get the team motivated during a game. Ferraro later discusses the possible notion of returning to the NHL at some capacity and talks about the difficulty of being the GM of a team. Later on in the interview, he talks about the importance of objectivity and having to be objective as an analyst. Switching gears, Ferraro gives his predictions for the playoffs if they started today and has LA beating San Jose.
Brian Burke, Flames President of Hockey Operations & Acting General Manager
Brian Burke joins the panel via phone and begins the interview by discussing the process of scouting for talent and also says he enjoys that part of his job the most. Despite that, he immediately goes onto say that he would rather not be a GM and confirms that he will step down after the NHL draft. He also goes into detail about tanking and how players will never take coaches seriously once they've been asked to lose games on purpose. Afterwards, he's asked about the deal he made to bring Phil Kessel to Toronto and reminisces on the heat he received for that deal but assures that he saw the potential in him despite the criticism. He concludes this interview by saying that he has no regrets during his time in Toronto as wishes the city all of the best for the future.
John Tavares, New York Islanders Captain
John gives his take on the 11-year old child who got verbally abused by the Winnipeg Jets crowd for wearing his jersey. He goes more into detail about how he reached out to the child and assured him that he would be able to have a meet-and-greet with the entire New York Islanders team the next time they play in Winnipeg. Tavares also discusses the importance of being a role model for young children as a pro athlete. Afterwards he reveals general details about his rehab process and tells the crew that he's getting better as time passes and will be looking forward to playing once again. He was asked if he regrets making the decision to play for Team Canada in the Olympics and says that he doesn't, describing it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Tavares concludes the interview by pointing towards the future of the Islanders and says that there's a lot of potential amongst the team.
Bob Glauber, NFL Columnist Newsday
Bob discusses the latest transactions happening within the NFL off-season. Glauber analyses the acquisition of Darrelle Revis to the New England Patriots, and describes the deal as a rental. Later on in the discussion, he goes onto say that the Seattle Seahawks are still the favorite to repeat as champions.
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors
Amir chats about how great the Toronto Raptors feel about winning this season. Johnson goes into detail about how much effort they've given throughout all four quarters this year in comparison to previous seasons and anticipates the excitement of the fans when the playoffs arrive. Later on, he's asked how he feels when the American media constantly overlooks them in the playoff race but reassures that he isn't concerned by that, and uses it as motivation.
Lenny Wilkens, Hall of Fame NBA Coach and Player
Lenny Wilkins describes his experiences as both a player and a coach. He later goes in detail about knowing when it was time to retire as a player and embark on his career as a coach due to nagging injuries. He was asked if he agrees with Charles Barkley's sentiments about the NBA product being watered down in today's generation and disagrees, and says that there's some inexperience in the personnel but nothing more than that. He gives his praises to the Raptors and their stellar play throughout the season. To conclude the interview, he delivers his take on Phil Jackson as the new president of basketball operations of the Knicks and jokes that he may make a return too.
Jonas Siegel, TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter
Jonas Siegel starts by giving his prediction for tonight's matchup between the Kings and Leafs. Siegel then focuses on how the Leafs are picking up victories but then questions the way they pick up their victories and critiques their style of play.
March 12: Show In Review
Bryan and Jamie break down the Leafs blowout loss to the Sharks with Claude Loiselle, Ray Ferraro and Pierre LeBrun, and Scott MacArthur checks in to discuss how Ervin Santana got away from Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays.
12:30 – Claude Loiselle, Leafs VP & Assistant GM
Loiselle was happy to see the Leafs get a big win for their coach in Anaheim, felt it showed a lot of great things about the team. He cringed seeing Phaneuf hit JVR last night but loved hearing him wanting to get back in the game, doesn’t mind Clarkson’s wanting to fight because it proves how engaged in the game he is. Loiselle also says that he enjoys having 7 d-men play, especially with the rise of Paul Ranger. He concludes by reviewing the trade deadline and how the team’s hands were tied (due to the cap) to go ahead and pick up a defenceman.
12:45 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst
Ray quickly calls in prior to taking off for LA. He talks about the Leafs woes and how many shots they’re allowing, saying it is not a winning formula for any team. He feels that the Leafs play completely different in front of James Reimer than they do in front of Bernier (talks about Bernier’s calm demeanor and rebound control).
1:00 – Pierre LeBrun, TSN Hockey Insider
Pierre LeBrun appreciates the love that the west coast teams are finally getting. He thinks that the Anaheim Ducks have been used to success and have been on autopilot since the start of the season, which can be a bad thing if they’re challenged heavily down the stretch. San Jose could give them a run for their money and knows that neither team wants to end up in 2nd place in the division to face LA in a playoff series.
1:30 – Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province
With the Canucks struggling, to put it nicely, as of late, Ben Kuzma explains how this aging team has nothing going for them. He feels that this team should blow it up since their top guys are aging and won’t be playing any better any time soon. He also feels that Alain Vigneault clearly knew how to handle this team considering the success he had, especially by giving the Sedin twins around 18 minutes per game. Kuzma discusses trading the Sedins, but it would be tough for teams to take on 14M in cap space, and how Luongo’s days did indeed come to an end at the heritage classic. He concludes with a great rant on Mike Gillis, audio available.
2:00 – Scott MacArthur, TSN Blue Jays Reporter
Scott MacArthur talks about the Blue Jays losing out on Ervin Santana. He feels that Santana is in a great place in the NL and doesn’t have to worry much about the other teams in the AL East, especially on a 1 year deal. Scott feels that the Jays would not have been affected too much with his presence.
2:30 – Alex Marvez
Marvez looks at the free agency frenzy in the NFL, he says that the Broncos are winning it so far by getting Ware and Talib. He also looks at the Jonathan Martin signing in San Francisco and how his camp wanted him to come home, and he did. Martin also has a comfort level with Harbaugh from Stanford so it is the perfect fit, aside from the fact that he has to learn to play guard. Marvez then says that Michael Vick has 3 options of which teams to go to, which are the Jets, Raiders and Texans.
3:00 – Mike Richards, LA Kings Forward
Mike Richards discusses what a tough coach Sutter is. He talks about his dislike for the new playoff structure since he would rather see top teams and rivals play each other in the later rounds. Richards weighs in on the toughness of hockey players and how they love playing the game being the reason why they always want go back out on the ice. He also discusses Jonathan Bernier, audio available.
3:30 – James Duthie, NHL on TSN Host (half in studio)
Duthie recaps the Peverley situation and saying how shocking it was to see Chiasson in the state that he was. He feels that accepting 3 of 6 points on the west coast swing is simply a defeatist attitude. Duthie also delves into how much better the teams in the west are over those in the East and that it’s entirely possible for the Leafs to make it far in the big show.
March 11: Show In Review
Bryan and Jamie recap the Leafs big win over the Ducks to kick off their Western road trip and tee up tonight’s matchup versus the Sharks with Ray Ferraro, and Bryan is joined by Jack Armstrong to chat about where the Raptors stack up among the East’s playoff teams.
Hour 1 (Leafs Lunch):
Bryan Hayes and Jamie McLennan recap last night's Leafs win against the Ducks. Hour 1 Audio
Hour 2 (Leafs Lunch):
Bryan Hayes and Jamie McLennan are joined by TSN Hockey Analyst Ray Ferraro. Hour 2 Audio
1:20 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst
Ray says he doesn’t understand how the Canucks could have let everything go so downhill. He calls what happened, as well as the team, a catastrophe. He also feels that Mike Gillis clearly wasn’t the guy in charge of hiring John Tortorella. He also explains why the Islanders will be better next year, and feels that they can finally turn it around.
2:05 – George McPhee, Washington Capitals GM
McPhee calls in from the GM meetings in Florida and talks about the Peverley situation. He says he was happy to see that everything went so well in terms of helping out Peverley and getting him to safety, the league is clearly prepared for worst case scenarios like these. He also explains how him and the other GM’s aren’t exactly against the shootouts but want to limit them.
2:15 – Jack Armstrong, Raptors Colour Analyst
Jack Armstrong recaps last night’s Raptors loss to the Brooklyn Nets. He feels that it was a good loss for the team since they can learn a lot from it. The main thing they’ll have to look at is playing these playoff type games to get ready for the actual playoffs. He also feels that Kyle Lowry is the best player on this Raptors team and the key to their success.
2:30 – Jody Shelley, Former NHLer & Blue Jackets Broadcaster (was at Peverley game)
Jody Shelley reflects on what he experienced last night between the benches in the Stars-BlueJackets game. He explains how the Peverley incident was scary both on the ice and in the stands. He immediately could sense that the game was done at that point but says that the team seemed like they would be ready for tonight’s game once they were on the plane last night.
3:00 – Dave Zirin, Edge of Sports & The Nation
Zirin talks about how Alex Rodriguez has had all this talent but never actually knew whether or not he loved the game of baseball. He also discusses Barry Bonds and wonders why everyone has blamed the steroid era on certain individuals when it was running rampant all over the MLB. Zirin then talks about Phil Jackson joining the New York Knicks, claiming it’s an absolute mistake and that even Larry Brown couldn’t fix them, so Jackson likely won’t be able to either.
3:30 – Jim Ralph – Leafs Radio Colour Analyst
Ralphie calls in from the West Coast and feels that Reimer likely will start, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. He also looks at JVR’s great play lately and how the #1 centre talk is over since Bozak is the clear cut top guy (comparing Bozak to Brendan Morrisson’s days in Vancouver, playing between Naslund and Bertuzzi). He also explains that David Clarkson shouldn’t be fighting and that Paul Ranger has been great as the 7th defenseman.
March 10: Show In Review
Bryan and Jamie tee up the opener of the Leafs Western trip versus the Ducks tonight on TSN 1050, Darren Dreger and Ray Ferraro check in to discuss the latest from the NHL’s GM meetings, and Dan Shulman joins Bryan to discuss Anmdrew Wiggins’ career night and the Blue Jays pursuit of Ervin Santana.
12:30 – Darren Dreger, TSN Hockey Insider (from Boca Raton, FL)
Dreger calls in from the GM Meeting in Florida. He says that the main topics of conversation are reviews and coaches challenges. He also says that they’re looking at overtime rules, especially the shootout. Dreger explains how the Matt Duchene goal from earlier this year (vs. Nashville) still haunts GM’s to this day and they need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
12:40 – Jim Nill, Dallas Stars GM (from Boca Raton, FL)
The Stars GM quickly joined Leafs Lunch to talk about the GM meetings. He reiterates what Dreger said (re looking at reviews and challenges) but also discusses that they should avoid tweaking the game too much.
1:00 – Mike Modano, former NHLer
Following his jersey retirement this past Saturday that featured an array of Texas superstars (from Dirk Nowitzki to Troy Aikman) Modano calls in to talk about his illustrious career. He explains what it was like bringing the game of hockey to Texas, especially after leaving a market like Minnessota. Modano also gives his take on the great play of Tyler Seguin and how the shootout has become a novelty to him.
1:30 – Ray Ferraro, TSN Hockey Analyst
Ray talks about the GM meetings and what he wants to see result from it. He wants to make sure that they don’t extend the game too much, but worries the more replay and a coach’s challenge could make that happen. However, he feels that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have at least one challenge per game. Ray then looks at the Leafs California road trip and how they have to play a sound defensive and consistent game to get at least 3 of 6 points.
2:15 – Dan Shulman, ESPN (in studio)
Dan Shulman joined Bryan live in studio to chat about Andrew Wiggins’ 41 point game from this past weekend. Wiggins has been unbelievable but is not the top player in the country yet. He feels that Jabari Parker is the safest pick in this year’s NBA draft and thinks that Tyler Ennis should play another year in the NCAA. Shulman quickly talks about the Blue Jays’ pitching situation as well and how they should sign Santana.
2:35 – Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Jerry gives his thoughts on Barry Bonds and believes he’s helped baseball more so than hurt it, but not by much since no real baseball fan ever avoided games because of steroids. He also says how Ervin Santana would be a great addition to any team but there are a few question marks. He also doesn’t think that the Yankees will live up to the hype, saying that the pitching is too much of a question, especially Tanaka.
3:00 – Steve Simmons, Sun Media (in studio)
Simmons joins Bryan live in studio, he talks about the success of Demar Derozan and how he’s become that guy for the Raptors that wants the ball at the end of the game. He also delves into some Jays talk and feels that the Blue Jays need Santana. Steve even looks at all the question marks on the team and says how the Jays need everything to click on this team.
3:30 – Jonas Siegel, TSN 1050 Leafs Reporter
The Leafs Beat Reporter discusses the importance of this West Coast swing for the Leafs. He feels that this can dictate how the Leafs play down the stretch since this is such a tough test for them. He knows that Carlyle has to be careful not to overplay Bernier on this road trip and how different this team can look with Colton Orr in the lineup considering they play 7 d-men.
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