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May 24: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Following the Red Wings Game 5 win over the Blackhawks, Mike chats with Pierre McGuire and James Duthie about whether they think Detroit can close the series out and Dan Shulman checks in to discuss the Jays offensive outburst versus the Orioles and the team turning to rookie Sean Nolin tonight.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Red Wings take Game 4, Rangers stave off elimination, & Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger talk NHL playoffs, Tim Tebow calls in to describe his friendship with Chuck Norris. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

James Duthie talks NHL playoffs, Dan Shulman chats Blue Jays, & Bob Cole "Chicks I Like." Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Chicago Blackhawks are in trouble but they are far from "out of it." Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has had a huge impact on this series, & Detroit has developed a solid game plan to slow down Jonathan Toews. Detroit does a great job of identifying the core players in their organization ( giving Howard a six year extension earlier this season) & management feels that he is entering the prime years of his career. Games three & four were only two goal losses therefore; the Blackhawks can take solace in the fact that this series has been relatively close. John Tortorella's decision to scratch Brad Richards last night was heavily questioned by a bevy of critics around the NHL. This speaks volumes with regards to how well Richards is liked/respected by the rest of his peers. The sad reality is that Richards is not the same player he was two years ago however this could change at any minute…. Sometimes coaches have to make decisions that aren't very popular but instead are the best for the entire group. We shouldn't be surprised to see the Pittsburgh Penguins play their best game of the season tonight in front of their home fans. Jarome Iginla appears to be getting more comfortable in his new surroundings & there is no question that the Penguins want to close out the Senators tonight. If Pittsburgh can efficiently manage their salary cap in the offseason (sign Malkin/Letang) Iginla could resign with the Penguins for a few more years.

8:15 James Duthie – Host "NHL on TSN"

Brett Hull & Marc Savard are outspoken individuals therefore it's not too surprising to see them come to the defense of Brad Richards. This has been one of the more bizarre stories of the playoffs especially considering the fact that Tortorella is such a big fan of Richards. When a coach embarrasses their players publicly it becomes very difficult to repair the relationship. The Detroit Red Wings might be this season best underdog story. Management went into the season thinking "if we make the playoffs great, anything else is a bonus." If Detroit knocks of Chicago (4th best regular season in NHL history) it could become one of the best upsets of the past twenty years. Patrick Roy becoming the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche should help repair the shrinking fan base in Denver. Roy will probably have a three year window to right the ship & a Sakic/Roy tandem could become "one of the best shows in hockey." The Colorado Avalanche are viewed as a team on the rise, so perhaps Patrick Roy can put this team "back on the map."

8:30 Dan Shulman – ESPN Baseball Voice

The Blue Jays are a team that relies on the home run a little more than they should. The danger with this is "you have your big games & you have your small games." The Jays need to work on consistency (scoring 5-7 runs per game) however there are several recent signs of encouragement (Bautista hitting .270, Arencibia 4RBI's last night, Encarnacion 4RBI's last night) If the Blue Jays can get Brett Lawrie back "in form" they could become a force during the second half of the season. Good teams figure out a way to overcome injuries/adversity because they have organizational depth (Jenkins, Ortiz, Nolin) The Yankees have adopted a similar approach this season & it should be interesting to see rookie Sean Nolin take the mound tonight vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Sometimes injuries help you discover hidden gems (see Juan Guzman '91) Kudos to John Gibbons for "trying to make things happen" when the Jays offense was struggling earlier in the season. When Jose Reyes returns from injury this team will have the potential to "score runs in a variety of different ways." Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona emerged victorious during his return to Fenway Park last night (12-3 win & a standing ovation) Francona still remains a very popular figure in Boston & has always been the consummate professional. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander appears to be struggling a little bit after "2-3 lukewarm starts this season" Perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised because the Tigers are a flawed team (bad defense, inconsistent bullpen, & few "dead spots" near the bottom of their lineup) Detroit could become a very active team when the trade deadline rolls around at the end of July. The Texas Rangers remain the model of perseverance this year (losing C.J. Wilson & Josh Hamilton to the Los Angeles Angels) yet continue to chug along happily. The Rangers have 3/5 starters on the disabled list but haven't missed a beat thanks to an abundance of organizational depth. Once this team gets healthy they should be able to steamroll the American League West. Side note: Indian Pacers head coach Frank Vogel a bit of a break because even with Roy Hibbert in the lineup, LeBron James is one of the most difficult players to stop in the NBA. Sometimes basketball comes down to "my best guy is better than your best guy."



May 23: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike chats with Pierre McGuire following the Penguins' rout of the Senators in Game 5 and Darren Dreger joins the show to talk possible replacements for Alain Vigneault.


Video:

Leafs Breakfast

Darren Dreger joins Mike for Leafs Breakfast to discuss the dismissal of Alain Vigneault. WATCH!

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire joins Mike Richards to discuss the Penguins 3-1 series lead. WATCH!

"Hungry Hannibal"

Hannibal Lecter joins Mike on the phone to discuss The Senators poor performance. WATCH!

Audio:

Hour 1:

Blue Jays beat the Rays, Penguins blast the Senators, Canucks fire Vigneault, & Urlacher hangs em' up. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger discuss the Alain Vigneault firing, & Dr. Lecter recaps game four between the Penguins & Senators. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Bob Weeks discuss Sergio Garcia's "fried chicken" comments, Richard Griffin talks Blue Jays, & Whine of the Week! Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

We shouldn't be too shocked by the Penguins 7-3 blowout win vs. the Senators last night. Unless the Senators play a perfect game (no penalties, perfect goaltending, efficient powerplay, & defensively solid) they will have a difficult time getting back into this series. This isn't a knock against the Senators, but rather an indication of where they are in terms of organizational development. Pittsburgh is built to win the cup this year & are starting to heat up at the right time (Neal, Iginla, Letang) which means that game five could get ugly if these trends continue. This Penguins started to retool at last years entry draft when they traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes. Daniel Alfredsson seems unlikely to retire due to the fact that he is still playing at a high level & his desire to participate in next years Olympics. The Bruins have the ability to close out the Rangers tonight (they are four lines deep, their defense is improving, Tuukka Rask has gotten better, & the team is loaded with playoff experience). The fans in Detroit are starting to get excited about the Red Wings again & can sense that there is indeed something "special" about this team. It's actually kind of exciting to see the fans renewed interest in a team loaded with so much history. Joe Louis arena was buzzing after game three on Monday night, & the Chicago Blackhawks must play their best game of the season if they want to get back into the series. The San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings series has turned into a battle of physical attrition, all signs point to the fact that this series seems destined to go seven games. The Vancouver Canucks decision to dismiss Alain Vigneault did not come as a huge surprise & there are plenty of attractive candidates chomping at the bit. Possible replacements include, Lindy Ruff, Scott Arniel, Don Hay, Guy Boucher, Dallas Eakins, Tom Renney, etc… Vancouver could also opt to take the Ottawa approach (pluck an established assistant from another organization) At this point the possibilities are endless…

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

There were several warning signs indicating that Alain Vigneault was on thin ice after the Canucks lost in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Someone had to pay the price for Vancouver's postseason failures & unfortunately Alain Vigneault ended up being the "fall guy." The pressure now falls squarely on general manager Mike Gillis therefore; we could be in for a busy offseason in Vancouver. There are several candidates in line to become Vigenault's successor (Lindy Ruff, Dallas Eakins, Scott Arneil, Dave Tippett, Tom Renney, Guy Boucher, etc…) Expect Gillis & company to take a few days to decompress before calculating their next move.

8:00 Bob Weeks – Host "Score Golf"

Sergio Garcia's seemed legitimately upset during his televised apology regarding his questionable "fried chicken" comments a few days ago. It will take Garcia a long time to recover from this damage as he now joins the infamous ranks of Fuzzy Zoeller/Kelly Tilghman. It's important to remember that Zoeller never recovered after "fried chicken" comments essentially losing his careeer after the incident. Hopefully Garcia's career doesn't follow a similar fate however; it should be interesting to see what kind of reception he receives at the US Open in a few weeks. The proposed ban on anchored putters is an ongoing issue that won't subside. The belly putter ban has received a lot of backlash from the Champions Tour where roughly half the participants use a long putter. Some golfers claim that anchored putters helps prevent back trouble & help improve stability/control. Other feel that belly putters make longer putts far more difficult. Ricky Fowler has done a great job donating roughly $100,000 to Oklahoma City in the wake of a tornado that has caused about 2$ million dollars in damage. Oklahoma has a reasonably large golf community & it's always nice to see a player open their wallet for a charitable cause.

8:30 Richard Griffin – Toronto Star MLB Writer

R.A. Dickey's mentality since enduring a rough start to the season has been to get back to .500 by the All-Star break & then "anything can happen." The American League East is a very competitive division (four teams above .500 but no single dominant team) This was the major reason why general manager Alex Anthopoulos "swung for the fences" & went on an offseason spending spree. The Blue Jays still haven't given up following their porous start & things appear to be gradually falling into place. Chad Jenkins, Ramon Ortiz, & Sean Nolin may not be household names, but they have done an admiral job of filling in due to injuries. The Blue Jays really need to put some sort of winning streak together in their upcoming series vs. the Baltimore Orioles in order to get back into the playoff race. Skipper John Gibbons hasn't lost control of the clubhouse but it's becoming painfully obvious that this team was not prepared/relied too much on talent during the first two months of the season. Gibbons isn't the perfect manager but his shortcomings will be less noticeable if his team is able to get back on track.



May 22: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike chats with Pierre McGuire about John Tortorella's future in New York following his team's third consecutive loss to the Bruins and Darren Dreger and James Mirtle join the show to discuss the controversial call in San Jose that cost the Kings a goal.


Video:

Leafs Breakfast

Darren Dreger and James Mirtle join Mike to discuss a coach's challenge and the Marlies loss. WATCH!

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire joins Mike to discuss John Tortorella's future in New York. WATCH!

Emmanuelle Chriqui

Actress Emmanuelle Chriqui calls Mike to discuss future acting projects including an "Entourage" movie. WATCH!

Audio:

Hour 1:

Controversy strikes in San Jose, Blue Jays fall to the Rays, & the Bruins push the Rangers to the brink of elimination. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger, James Mirtle talk controversy in San Jose, Rangers struggles, & Senators resiliency. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

ESPN Sports Business Analyst Darren Rovell, Jack Armstrong reacts to the Bryan Colangelo fallout, & actress Emmanuelle Chriqui calls in! Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

If the Rangers get swept by the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs, they will face a myriad of questions during the offseason. Why is their offense/powerplay so anaemic, do this team need to change some of the core players, is Brad Richards a long term fit in New York, this team has plenty of issues to address even if they manage to defeat the Bruins. One also has to wonder how much longer All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist wants to stick around? The bottom line is that the Boston Bruins are simply a far better team & the fourth line of Thornton-Paille-Campbell has lived up to expectations. Keep your eye on Tyler Seguin who could be ready to "burst out" at any moment. Last night's premature whistle during the Los Angeles vs. San Jose series is another example of why the NHL must allow teams to have one video review per game. If a team is wrong then they lose their timeout. The game is too fast, the players are too big, which makes it very difficult for referees to keep up. The NHL needs to agree on the appropriate criteria for video review however, the league seems to be reluctant when it comes to making changes to the game. The Ottawa Senators continue to live up to their "pesky" moniker & continue to embrace a "never say die mentality". Ottawa is led by a veteran leadership core (Alfredsson, Neil, Phillips, Gonchar) & will need their best game of the playoffs in order to tie the series at two games apiece.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast – Darren Dreger & James Mirtle

Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins is definitely ready to make the move to the NHL but seems to be waiting for one of the bigger fish to fall (Tippett, Vigneault, Ruff) before calculating his next move. Perhaps Eakins becomes a viable candidate once the dust settles in Vancouver or Dallas however; these teams might be looking for a coach with a little more NHL experience. At the moment Eakins is expected to return behind the Marlies bench next season & might "have to wait his turn" before hitching his wheels onto another NHL team. The "coach's challenge" remains a hot button issue in the wake of the events that transpired last night in San Jose. Little progress has been made on the subject because it's very difficult to determine what criteria warrants a coach's challenge. There is no question that referee Brad Meier was watching the goaltender (Niemi) instead of the puck. Coaches review would be difficult in this situation because this is essentially a "dead play." Why not have the on ice officials go to an isolated area & take a closer look at the video right after the play thus decreasing the chances for human error? The New York Rangers have looked like a dysfunctional bunch since the season started in January. Rick Nash & Brad Richards have really struggled under Tortorella's defensive brand of hockey & are basically wasting the prime years of Henrik Lundqvist's career.

8:15 Darren Rovell – ESPN Sports Business Analyst

Kudos to Kevin Durant for donating 1 million dollars to the city of Oklahoma. Durant felt that "god wanted him to help" & proved once again that he is indeed one of the NBA's true "good guys." It's refreshing to see an athlete that isn't fake & Durant has increased his marketability in the process. The NBA's decision to remain in Sacramento is nothing short of shocking. The NBA got what they wanted (stable ownership) & hope that new owner Vivek Ranadive will be able to grow the game in India.

8:30 Jack Armstrong – NBA on TSN

The aftermath of the Bryan Colangelo saga was actually somewhat surprising. MLSE obviously decided they wanted to change the voice/vision of basketball operations, so the end result is that Colangelo gets moved into a more corporate role. The new general manager will now have the opportunity to put his stamp on the team & Colangelo must be respectful of that. Colangelo's promotion is viewed as a "soft landing spot" & he has been a great citizen for the city of Toronto (this was probably the main reason he was retained by the organization) It is very likely that Colangelo resurfaces in 1-2 years in some capacity with another NBA organization. Masai Ujiri is still viewed as the leading candidate to become the Raptors next general manager & does have history with the Raptors serving previously as an assistant under Colangelo. Ujiri has had success on his own in Denver (trading Carmelo Anthony) & could in line for a hefty raise after winning the 2013 NBA Executive of the Year. If Ujiri decides to remain in Denver there are still plenty of attractive alternatives (Ed Stefanski) & it will be interesting to see if the incoming general manager continues on the same path as Colangelo or decides to "blow it all up" and start over from scratch.

8:45 Emmanuelle Chriqui – Actress

Fun chat with actress Emmanuelle Chriqui.



May 21: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike chats with Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger about the Red Wings surprising 2-1 series lead versus the Blackhawks and the Avalanche reportedly turning to Patrick Roy as their new bench boss.


Video:

Leafs Breakfast

Darren Dreger joins Mike to discuss Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's career and coaching style. WATCH!

Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire joins Mike to discuss the Red Wings Game 3 win over the Blackhawks. WATCH!

"Dee-troy-it can do it"

Bob Cole joins Mike Richards in studio to discuss the Red Wings taking a 2-1 series lead. WATCH!

Audio:

Hour 1:

Red Wings stun the Blackhawks, tragedy strikes in Oklahoma, Blue Jays beat the Rays, & The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek dead at 74. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger discuss the Patrick Roy to Colorado rumours, & Bob Cole stops by to break down the Red Wings vs. Blackhawks series. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Scott Ferguson & Scott MacArthur talk Blue Jays, & Steve Simmons addresses the future of Bryan Colangelo & the ongoing Patrick Roy to Colorado rumours. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Detroit Red Wings are the model of consistency in the NHL because of a "respected chain of command" Jimmy Devellano is the president, Kenny Holland is the general manager, Mike Babcock is the coach, & everyone has unbelievable understanding of the chain of command. This is why you don't see a lot of turnover amongst Red Wings management. If the Chicago Blackhawks want to get back into this series they will need a better performance from team captain Jonathan Toews. Toews hasn't scored a goal during these playoffs & has only won 43% of his faceoffs vs. Detroit. Mike Babcock has done a wonderful job coaching this year, & has the luxury of using Datsyuk/Zetterberg to shadow Toews creating nightmare matchups for the Blackhawks. Don't count out the New York Rangers just yet. Even though they are down 0-2 in their series vs. the Boston Bruins, they do have the best goalie in the NHL & could receive a major boost playing in front of their home fans. It's also important to remember the fact that the Rangers were able to overcome the identical deficit in the first round vs. the Washington Capitals. Expect to see a more disciplined game tonight when Los Angeles returns to San Jose for game four of their Western Conference semifinal series. The Kings can play better & are far better on the road, so the Sharks will need a strong performance tonight in order to tie the series at two games apiece. Patrick Roy becoming the next coach of the Colorado Avalanche will depend heavily on his relationship with Joe Sakic (who is now the executive vice president of hockey operations) The Avalanche are viewed as an up & coming team & Roy has proved his ability to coach/motivate young players during his time with the Quebec Remparts. This could be a very positive move for the franchise moving forward.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast – Darren Dreger: NHL Insider

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock continues to amaze & is enjoying one of his best seasons behind the bench. Babcock has hinted at possibly coaching somewhere abroad once his contract expires in two years. Babcock is a special coach because he is still a "student of the game" & has excellent communication with his players. Patrick Roy appears to be the leading candidate to take over as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. Joe Sakic will want to surround himself with people he can trust (Roy, Foote, etc…) therefore this type of move makes sense for all parties involved. This move has been percolating for several weeks & has picked up steam over the past few days. At this point it's difficult to determine what kind of success Roy will have behind the bench. John Tortorella could find himself on thin ice if the New York Rangers are eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the second round of the playoffs. Tortorella's expiration date is sooner than most coaches because of the way he approaches his players/the media.

8:15 Scott Ferguson & Scott MacArthur – Blue Jays Roundtable

Ramon Ortiz & Alex Cobb are expected to take to the mound in tonight's matchup between the Toronto Blue Jays & Tampa Bay Rays. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has won two games in a row for the first time this season & seems to have benefited from the Blue Jays recent spike in offense. Dickey appears to have finally turned the corner & has actually been far better than his 4-5 record indicates. Dickey's walk total has been much higher this season however; this can be attributed to nagging injuries & a subtle decline in pitch velocity/control. The good news is that even though Dickey has had plenty of bumps & bruises this season he appears to have overcome his ongoing neck troubles. The Blue Jays decision to recall outfielder Anthony Gose is peculiar because it's difficult to determine exactly where he fits into the lineup. Gose could very well find himself getting spot starts if Gibbons & company decide to give Rasmus/Bautista a day off.

8:30 Steve Simmons – Sun Media & The Reporters

The sad reality is that no one in the NBA outside of Canada cares about the Toronto Raptors. One of the major reasons MLSE hired CEO Tim Leiweke was to try and put the Raptors back on the map. The Raptors haven't had a legitimate superstar since Vince Carter left town in December 2004. With the Blue Jays sitting at 18-26 near the end of May, it's safe to classify this season as a failure. The most disturbing thing is the way the Jays have lost {worst pitching/defense/batting average (other than home runs)} in major league baseball. There haven't been too many hockey coaches that have made the successful transition directly from junior to the NHL. Why wouldn't Joe Sakic consider more qualified candidates such as Dave Tippet/Alain Vigneault instead of a more raw coach such as Patrick Roy (unless the goal is to simply sell tickets?). The Detroit Red Wings continue to remain a model of consistency & the envy of every other team in the NHL. Pavel Datsyuk might be the NHL's best kept secret (drafted 171st overall in 1998) If Daystuk doesn't make the Russian World Junior Team he probably would've been drafted much earlier.



May 20: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike, Mike Hogan chats with Pierre McGuire and Darren Dreger about the Bruins/Rangers and Pens/Sens and Jack Armstrong joins the show to discuss the future of Bryan Colangelo.


Audio:

Hour 1:

Guest host Mike Hogan discusses the Senators & Bruins victories, & previews this afternoon's Yankees vs. Jays matchup. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger join guest host Mike Hogan to break down the NHL playoffs. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Bob Weeks recaps the Byron Nelson Championship, Jack Armstrong addresses the future of Bryan Colangelo, & Dean Brown discusses the Senators OT victory. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist shouldn't feel responsible for yesterday's 5-2 loss vs. the Boston Bruins. The bottom line is that the Bruins have far more depth on the third/fourth lines compared to the Rangers. Boston defenseman Torey Krug has been a revelation since being inserted into the lineup midway through the playoffs collecting three points in just two games. Krug maybe undersized but his exceptional skating & hockey IQ make him a legitimate threat every time he's on the ice. The Bruins are still banged up at the defense position however; Dennis Seidenberg is believed to be close to returning. John Tortorella's "tough love" approach in New York might be starting to wear thin, as it appears that the players have started to tune him out. If the Rangers want to get back into this series they will have to make some major adjustments to their power play.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Analyst

The Ottawa Senators continue to live up to their "pesky" moniker because this team never seems to give up. Left winger Colin Greening has really found his mojo during these playoffs & has done a nice job of establishing chemistry with his line mates. Evegeni Malkin's game three performance left much to be desired which can't continue if the Penguins want to move onto the next round. All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson rebounded beautifully in game three after a questionable performances during game one & two. Jonathan Quick was extremely upset following the Los Angeles Kings game three overtime loss vs. the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Quick felt that there should have been a goalie interference call earlier in the game which eventually led to his "abuse of official" penalty followed by Logan Couture's overtime winner. The Sharks younger players have to take the pressure of Thornton/Marleau/Boyle/Niemi. We shouldn't be too surprised that the Detroit Red Wings & Chicago Blackhawks are tied two games into their series. Jimmy Howard has been magnificent in net & it's always hard to bet against Zetterberg/Datsyuk.

8:15 Bob Weeks – Host "Score Golf TV"

Sang-Moon Bae virtually "came out of nowhere" to capture the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday. Bae has an excellent swing & has all the tools to become an impact player on the tour. Keegan Bradley seemed to be bothered by a nagging hip injury & was his poor putt on the 17th hole ultimately sealed his fate. Bradley's collapse serves as a stark reminder that "you have to put four solid rounds of gold together in order to win on the PGA Tour." Canadian Graham DeLaet had his third top ten finish of 2013 & could be poised to "break through" sometime in the next month & a half. It's interesting to see some golfers "round into form" as we approach the second major tournament of the year.

8:30 Jack Armstrong – NBA Analyst

No one is really sure what to expect with regards to determining the future of Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo. It's very strange as to why MLSE has taken so long to "evaluate" the future of Colangelo. Why didn't management make a decision on this matter during March or at the end of the regular season? It's pretty obvious that some sort or search is taking place, & it's conceivable that Colangelo could return in a different role (team president) Colangelo has also hinted that he & Casey are "joined at the hip" making matters slightly more complex. The Raptors still have to address the Andrea Bargnani situation, add a backup point guard, & bring in some veteran leadership/stability. If Toronto can address these areas there's no reason why they can't make the playoffs in 2014. There have also been rumors of Denver Nuggets general manager Messiah Uriji (former Raptors assistant under Colangelo) coming back to Toronto. The Miami Heat are still the cream of the crop in the Eastern Conference & as long as Dwayne Wade can stay healthy they should be considered the favourites to win back to back championships.

8:45 Dean Brown – Ottawa Senators Play by Play Voice

Last night's Penguins vs. Senators game was one of the most memorable games in franchise history. The Senators seemed to receive a much needed emotional boost from the return of top line centre Jason Spezza. Spezza's presence had a calming influence on Ottawa's younger players & took a lot of pressure off Kyle Turris. Daniel Alfredsson's late third period goal seemed to catch the whole building by surprise & proved once again how resilient this team really is. Evgeni Malkin's lackadaisical performance away from the puck left many people questioning his leadership abilities.



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