May 23: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl recap the Canadiens Game 3 overtime win over the Rangers and discuss how the NHL will deal with the incidents involving Brandon Prust and Dan Carcillo with Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger and Jeff O’Neill.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs and possible upcoming suspensions. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking Blue Jays baseball and NHL suspensions. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking Yasiel Puig, Blue Jays baseball, and NHL Playoffs. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Dustin Tokarski was absolutely sensational last night & was definitely a difference maker in Montreal’s overtime victory. Give Tokarski credit for going into a hostile environment & essentially getting his team back in the series. Danny Carcillo will face a lengthy suspension for his antics last night because “you can’t ever make contact with an official.” Brendan Prust’s hit on Derek Stepan was also questionable & this incident could very well be a suspendable/fineable offense. Daniel Briere has enjoyed a very productive series & has quickly established himself as a “heart & soul player.” Briere is almost a point a game player in the playoffs & has did an excellent job of rallying the troops during some questionable officiating last night. Tonight game between the Blackhawks/Kings will be extremely tight checking as both teams search for a series advantage.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

Dan Carcillo will definitely face some stiff punishment after last night’s incident but the question now becomes how many games will he be suspended? A lot of people feel that this suspension could be in the 10-20 game variety based on his abuse of an NHL official. The Brendan Prust hit on Derek Stepan doesn’t appear to be a head shot however there was still a significant amount of contact with the head. At this point we would have to assume that there will be some disciplinary action for Prust’s antics. Dustin Tokarski’s performance last night proved once again why he is a “gamer” & reaffirmed Michel Therrien’s decision to anoint him as the number one goaltender after a series ending injury to Carey Price. Ryan Miller to the Vancouver Canucks does make sense because this is a logical fit for both parties. Miller seems to have interest on the west coast & San Jose/Anaheim appear to be out of the running. This will obviously be a lengthy conversation between Trevor Linden & newly appointed GM Jim Benning.

8:15 Dan Shulman – ESPN MLB Voice

The Blue Jays are a team that “lives & dies by the home run.” Mark Buehrle has been phenomenal Drew Hutchison has been ok & R.A. Dickey appears to be settling into a nice groove (good for roughly 6 innings of work) The Red Sox are struggling, the Yankees/Rays are injured, & the American League East hasn’t looked this bad in a long time. It’s still too early to count out the Rays because “there is still a lot of baseball left.” If you’re a Blue Jays fan you have to be surprised with what this team has done so far. At this point Mark Buehrle is a legitimate candidate to start at July’s All-Star game. The Blue Jays also have some difficult decisions to make on Cabrera/Rasmus thanks to the improved play of Anthony Gose. If the Jays have to choose between Cabrera/Rasmus they should probably take Cabrera because “he brings more to the table.” Cabrera is a risky player to sign to a long-term contract, however if you’ve already been caught once, what are the chances of being caught a second time? On a side not the St. Louis Cardinals appear to be heating up at just the right time.

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

Dustin Tokarski had a spirited performance last night vs. the Rangers. Perhaps this is the belief that Montreal needs to sleigh the dragon that is the New York Rangers. Brendan Prust’s hit on Derek Stepan wasn’t that bad however the timing may have been questionable.






May 22: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl recap the Kings third period comeback versus the Hawks and tee up tonight’s crucial Game 3 between the Rangers and Canadiens on TSN 1050 with Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger and Steve Simmons, and Mark Cohon checks in to discuss the league’s position in the ongoing CFL-CFLPA negotiations.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs and the possibility of a new playoff format in the NFL. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs, CFL and even fitness! Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NHL Playoffs and CFL Labour Talks. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Yesterday was a very bizarre game between the Los Angeles Kings & Chicago Blackhawks. The spirits of the Blackhawks really sagged after Jake Muzzin’s third period goal & never seemed to recover. The bottom line is that Chicago has played well in spurts but haven’t really put together a solid “A” game for 60 minutes. Los Angeles proved once again why they might be “one of the most resilient teams in the league.” The Blackhawks are one of the elite teams because they might have one of the best left sided defenses (Leddy/Oduya) in the NHL. The Montreal Canadiens must figure out a way to put the puck past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The Canadiens need to elevate the puck & take advantage of Lundqvist’s tendancy to play deep in his net. Thomas Vanek stock has dropped throughout these playoffs however there will be a team that will take a chance because he is an elite level goal scorer.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast - Darren Dreger & Steve Simmons

The Chicago Blackhawks second period collapse vs. the Los Angeles Kings was unexpected however the Kings have proved to be a very resilient team. Last night reaffirmed once again why Jonathan Quick is one of the best goalies in the world. The Maple Leafs definitely have interest in Adam Oates however you have to wonder if Oates has his heart set on a head coaching position. Once the head coaching positionsa are filled the assistant coaching positions will become that much more attractive.

8:00 Mark Cohon – CFL Commissioner

The CFL went through difficult negotiations in 2010 however eventually an agreement was reached that satisfied both parties. The growth of the CFL over the past few years has been astronomical & the proposal put forth by the league was meant to “set up the business for the next few years.” Unfortunately the counter proposal by the players was not up to standards & could set the league back a few years.

8:15 Murray Bannerman – Former Chicago Blackhawks Goaltender

The original inspiration behind the legendary mask was Greg Harrison “who pretty much designed every hockey mask back in the 80’s.” Goaltending has really evolved over the years due to the increased size of the players & the goaltenders decision to “play the percentages.” The game is much faster nowadays compared to the 80’s where pretty much every team tried to copy the Edmonton Oilers high octane offense. Chicago is such a formidable opponent because they might have the best 1-6 defenseman in the league. Obviously it was a privilege to play in the NHL but it was a bigger honour representing the city of Chicago.

8:45 Eric Daze – Former Chicago Blackhawks Forward

It was a privilege/treat being associated with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 90’s-00 because Chicago is a very special town. The atmosphere surrounding the Blackhawks has really changed over the past few years since the arrival of Toews/Kane & televised home games have really helped people embrace the Blackhawks.






May 21: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl discuss what the Kings need to do to even up their series with the Blackhawks with Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger and Troy Murray, and Scott MacArthur checks in to discuss how the Jays have an opportunity to content in the AL East if they can shore up the backend of their rotation.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in Morning with co-host David Bastl. Talking NBA Draft and NHL Playoffs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl, talking Toronto Blue Jays and NHL Playoffs. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

5:45 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane will be key figures for the Los Angeles Kings to focus on during tonight’s pivotal game two in Chicago. Jonathan Quick has to get back to the basics & the Kings need all four lines scoring in order to get back in this series. Bryan Bickell remains an interesting figure because of his increased level of play in the playoffs compared to the regular season. Perhaps he is one of those players that just seems to “rise to the occasion” when the stakes are high. The Rangers management has been very proactive & their refusal to quit on their own players is a major reason why this team is on the verge of potentially returning back to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in ten years. Michel Therrien’s message “we ain’t done yet” is 100% correct & is the right attitude because momentum can swing on a dime. The major story throughout the 2014 playoffs has been the elevation of Henrik Lundqvist throughout these playoffs.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

It is entirely possible for southern Ontario to host another NHL franchise however establishing a timeline for this situation is a tricky endeavor. From a financial standpoint the GTA seems as though they could definitely support another franchise, however you have to wonder how this would affect Sabres fans. Tonight’s game two match up between the Kings/Hawks should be much tighter because LA will adjust their defensive schemes. The Kings will also have to do a better job of putting pressure on Corey Crawford & find a way to exploit his weaknesses. If Crawford earns a second Stanley cup this summer, “you have to wonder if he will finally earn the respect from the league as an elite goaltender.” The bottom line is that Crawford is a “gamer” that always seems to rise to the occasion. Thomas Vanek’s poor postseason performance shouldn’t affect him too much come July 1st because some general manager will end up overpaying for his services. The Minnesota Wild might have interest in Vanek but might wonder just how his game would transfer over to the Western Conference.

8:15 Scott MacArthur – TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter

It’s quite surprising that one team in the American League East hasn’t “stepped up & taken control of this division” however baseball is a cruel mistress. The Yankees/Rays are banged up, Boston appears to have regressed, & Baltimore has had to endure questionable pitching as we approach of the halfway point of the season. R.A. Dickey has been ok (aside from his 7th inning struggles) Drew Hutchison could emerge as one of the front end guys in this rotation, & most people are waiting for Mark Buehrle to regress. Two question marks in the Jays starting rotation include Marcus Stroman & J.A. Happ. The Blue Jays appear reluctant to go with Todd Redmond despite his success with the club last year. Perhaps this is because Toronto management feels Redmond’s potential is capped out at 3-4 innings & he hasn’t started a game since spring training. Liam Hendricks remains an intriguing player & it will be interesting to see what kind of jam he can bring to this ballclub. If Hendricks struggles tomorrow this could open the door for Stroman to get some more starts with the Blue Jays.

8:30 TJ Brennan - Toronto Marlies Defenseman

Mr. Brennan joined Mike Richards & David Bastl to reflect on a stellar season with the Toronto Marlies & discuss the teams upcoming playoff series vs. the Texas Stars.



8:45 Troy Murray – Former Player & WGN-AM Colour Analyst

The Chicago Blackhawks had to win their first game in order to get a “mental advantage” over the Los Angeles Kings. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter made no excuses for the Kings poor performance & we will certainly see a different team tonight when game two kicks off. The Kings are coming off two seven game series against some very talented opponents therefore Chicago can’t afford to take them lightly. Corey Crawford appears to be the Rodney Dangerfield of the NHL “he just can’t get any respect” & is constantly getting overlooked by other people. Crawford’s play seems to speak for itself & he has learned a lot from difficult first round losses vs. Vancouver/Phoenix. Crawford really solidified his reputation as a top tier goaltender by beating some of the best (Howard/Quick/Rask) en route to a Stanley Cup in 2013.





May 20: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Pierre McGuire, Darren Dreger, Steve Simmons and Adam Graves to discuss the hole the Canadiens find themselves in after losing both Carey Price and the first two games at home of their Eastern Conference Final with the Rangers.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl. Recapping last night's Habs/Rangers games. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl, talking NHL Playoffs with Pierre McGuire, Steve Simmons and Darren Dreger. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with co-host David Bastl, talking NHL Playoffs with New York Rangers Legend Adam Graves. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

5:45 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Montreal Canadiens had an unbelievable surge after the Max Pacioretty’s first period goal however Ryan McDonagh’s fluky goal moments later & really sapped all the energy out of the Bell Centre. Last night’s loss should not be put on Dustin Tokarski because he ultimately gave his team a very good chance to win. Henrik Lundqvist appears to be a “man on a mission” & seems to really want to prove his critics wrong after a tough loss at the Sochi Olympics. At this point it would seem that Montreal would start Tokarski for game three because “he’s won at every level.” Backup goalie Peter Budaj now finds himself in a tough situation however he has been the consummate professional/teammate. In order for Los Angeles to get back in their series they must be far more physical on some of the Blackhawks more talented forwards. The San Jose Sharks appear to be the front runner to land Ryan Miller, & Jake Allen seems poised to “take the next step with the St. Louis Blues next season.”

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger & Steve Simmons

The Montreal Canadiens decision to start Dustin Tokarski was a difficult however he does have plenty of “big game experience” & Michel Therrien felt it was the teams best option moving forward. Montreal definitely has a goaltending problem & his name is Henrik Lundqvist. The Canadiens ran into some tough puck luck last night & Tokarski’s performance was just ok. The bottom line is that this series is all but over unless they can find a way to get into Lundqvist’s head & “sniper” Thomas Vanek has to pull the trigger in key situations. The Toronto Maple Leafs have some difficult decisions to make regarding Dave Bolland. Toronto would love to keep Bolland however he could command roughly 5 million dollars per season. Colorado Avalanche centre Paul Stastny remains an intriguing figure & will certainly attract attention from Maple Leafs management.

8:15 Adam Graves – Former Player & NYR Hockey & Business Operations

This is the best time of year for hockey, AHL, ECHL, Memorial Cup, & of course the Stanley Cup playoffs. Head coach Alain Vigneault has done a beautiful job with the Rangers this year & has spread his calm demeanor among the rest of his players. Henrik Lundqvist has been the Rangers MVP for the past 8-9 years however this year the team is able to run four solid lines & three defensive pairings. The 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs were a very memorable experience however the game has changed immensely over the past twenty years. Mr. Graves is also currently involved with the “Garden of Dreams” a charity that helps makes dreams come true for children facing obstacles.

8:30 Chris “Knuckles” Nilan – Former Player & TSN 690 Host

The loss of Carey Price was a monumental blow to the Montreal Canadiens. Imagine if the Boston Bruins lost Tuukka Rask for the remainder of the playoffs? The starting goaltender is a lot like the starting quarterback & now the fans in Montreal are very worried about their team moving forward. Dustin Tokarski could only be faulted on one of the three goals last night however he was put in a very difficult position. The real question is what exactly is Michel Therrien & company thinking starting Dustin Tokarski? Now the Canadiens pretty much have to stay with Tokarski for the remainder of the series & Peter Budaj finds himself in an awkward situation.





May 19: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Filling in for Mike and Dave, Bill Hayes and Mike Hogan are joined by Darren Dreger and Pierre McGuire to discuss fallout of Carey Price’s Game 1 injury, and Dirk Hayhurst checks in to chat about JP Arencibia’s recent comments.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of Mike Richards in the Morning hosted by Mike Hogan and Bill Hayes. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of Mike Richards in the Morning with special guest hosts Mike Hogan and Bill Hayes. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of Mike Richards in the Morning with special guest hosts Bill Hayes and Mike Hogan. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

7:15 Pierre McGuire – NHL on NBC Analyst

The Blackhawks/Toews disallowed goal was not reviewable (the referees were actually trying to determine if the puck was kicked in). Chicago was clearly rattled after Toews goal was called back & really seemed to use this motivation to propel them to victory. The Los Angeles Kings isn’t a “tired team” & will definitely be ready for game two on Wednesday night. The biggest question surrounding the Montreal Canadiens is whether goaltender Carey Price will be able start game two. Price seemed to suffered a knee injury during the Chris Kreider collision & its’ actually quite surprising he was allowed to finish the second period. The Rangers best line on Saturday was Brassard/Pouliot//Zuccarello has been fantastic, & didn’t seem to miss a beat after Brassard went down with injury. The Rangers have one of the most cohesive defensive units in the league & Chris Kreider appears to be reborn since the arrival of Alain Vigneault.

7:45 Leafs Breakfast: Darren Dreger – NHL Insider

It was a somber mood at the Bell Centre after the conclusion of game one. Perhaps the Canadiens had a tough time living up to the massive hype that preceded this series. Kreider is a fast/strong skater however he is quite reckless around the crease. Kreider was involved in a similar incident during second round vs. the Penguins/Fleury & also wiped out Craig Anderson last season. Kreider isn’t “goalie hunting” however he does have a penchant for being involved these types of situations. The NHL will definitely keep an eye on this situation however their didn’t appear to be any”malicious intent.” Did Kreider subconsciously send a subtle message to Price by trying to “rattle his cage?” If Price isn’t able to return in this series Montreal will be in big trouble & also must figure out a way to neutralize the Rangers speed. You also have to wonder if head coach Michel Therrien makes some lineup changes prior to game two because Alex Galchenyuk appears to be inching closer to a return. Montreal must find a way to score first & feed off the home crowd in order to win game two.

8:15 Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 MLB Analyst

The J.P. Arencibia “media drove me out of town comments” over the weekend were pretty much laughable. Arencibia had one of the worst seasons in MLB history & shouldn’t blame social media for his disgusting/disturbing performance. The funny thing is that social media helped the Blue Jays win over the younger demographic however it also played a large role in the downfall of Arencibia.



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