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April 16: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Dave Hodge chat about some of the storylines of the opening round of the playoffs, including the pressure on Sidney Crosby and the Penguins to avoid another early exit and whether the Canadiens and Carey Price can take advantage of the absence of Ben Bishop with Bob McKenzie, Martin Biron and Darren Dreger.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

5:00pm Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie said it's too early to tell who the Florida Panthers are going to take in the draft. He said they have solid depth at every position. It’s not impossible to think that the Edmonton Oilers would trade up for a defenseman such as Ekblad. He suggested the Oilers trade their pick for depth and said you could see the Leafs drafting a winger. He said it could be interesting if Nick Ritchie was available when they pick. Mckenzie also said the draft is random and the quest isn't too make it entertaining but make it fair. He talked about how Jon Cooper is doing a good job with his group in Tampa, a lot them he had when he was an AHL coach when he won the Calder Cup. He said it's important for players to have their edge and not lose their cool. He said Carey Price needs to have a good playoffs because that's a thing he doesn't have on his resume. He said Dan Bylsma may be first if he loses his first round playoff series. He said Todd McLellan may be on the chopping block as well but it all depends on how they lose.

5:15pm Jack Armstrong – TSN Raptors Analyst

Armstrong said on Opening Day their broadcast got interrupted by the Rob Ford fiasco and mentioned how the Raptors have had a much better year than the Mayor of Toronto. Armstrong said all three teams the Raptors can face in the first round of the playoffs pose different threats. He thinks no matter what team they play, it will go to six or seven games. If the Raptors matchup with the Wizards, they can beat Washington and then have a more favorable second round series against Indiana. But he also sees Washington as a much improved team than the last time the Raptors saw them. Armstrong explains if the Raptors win tonight they're guaranteed the 3rd seed and if that happens the Bulls get the 4th seed. He said Brooklyn might want to fall to the 6th seed because they would rather play Toronto in the 1st round and then Miami in the 2nd who they swept during the regular season. He said there are a lot of potential movements tonight and most of the movement will depend on players teams put on the floor. Armstrong said the Nets don't want to play Chicago and they like their match-up against Toronto. Armstrong said Carmelo Anthony has an injured shoulder and agrees he shouldn’t play in a meaningless basketball game tonight.

5:30pm Dan Shulman – ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

Shulman talked about Cuban baseball players. He said more players are coming to MLB than ever. He said the $$$ have attracted Cuban players to the league, as the precedent was set by the huge deals by other players. He said the process of getting out of Cuba is a huge ordeal, in regards to the dangers and leaving your family behind. It's complicated beyond anything we can understand. Shulman said Tanaka has been great. He said reports in spring training were all legit and he has the repertoire you want in an ace despite not throwing very hard. He said the adjustment is difficult going from a six man to a five man league. On Astros prospect George Springer, he said he was surprised he was called up because it changes things with arbitration in the future. He said they could be calling him up to appease fans but he has legit power and stolen base potential. He talked about how Carlos Correa could be up soon. The guys also got into Albert Pujols and he said the 500 home run club is slightly tainted by the steroid era. He said that era has taken lustre out the record book. He said a lot of young kids today are now drafted to basketball and football because of how popular college sports has become. He said he doesn't think baseball markets to kids as well as other sports. They also spoke about Chris Davis' slump and Shulman says he will turn things around.

6:00pm Martin Biron – TSN Hockey Analyst / Former NHL Goaltender

Biron was In Studio and said the playoffs are way different than the regular season because the game you just played has so much impact on the series. During the regular season a goalie can put a tough performance behind him but in the playoffs that game follows the player. Biron said the playoffs are different because players get away with more penalties. He said he got to see it all develop in front of him a lot differently in the playoffs. Biron said there are 16 goalies in the playoffs, and there are 16 different great stories to follow. He said Carey Price is his number one goalie in the playoffs this year, he sees something in his demeanor and his calmness. Biron said he used to watch Price live in Hamilton because his brother played on the Bulldogs and he was a phenomenal young prospect they needed to play. Price is able to handle a change in momentum in games and the Canadiens are ready for big things because he's in net. He said the situation in Anaheim is different because Frederick Andersen was being groomed to start and Jonas Hiller was a free agent so he wasn't the guy moving forward. Biron thinks it was the right decision to play Andersen in the playoffs. He thinks the organization set a standard if you aren't going to sign a contract, the team is going to move forward without you and bring in new blood. Biron likes James Reimer but thinks he needs to do more to prove he is a number one goalie in the NHL. Biron mentions he did not like the shootout, he did not like the gap control, the ice, or the player preparation.

6:20pm Darren Dreger – TSN Hockey Insider

Dregs joined the show from a noisy arena in Tampa and spoke about Montreal's struggling powerplay. He said they've been working things out, but it comes down to execution. The coach likes the depth of the team. He said Therrien will make adjustments as the series goes on. He said Tampa Bay is confident and relaxed and there are a ton of Canadian media down at Tampa Bay. He said any perception of weakness isn't overly true regarding the Lightning. He said they are a confident bunch and Jon Cooper has done a masterful job with the team.

6:33pm Paul Maurice – Jets Head Coach

Maurice said he had a really good group of guys when he came into Winnipeg and thinks the team is close to being competitive. He said the team has to work on consistency and there's a lot of hard work that still needs to be put in. He said after the Olympic break the team suffered but still found a way to play .500 hockey. Maurice mentioned the Toronto Maple Leafs game and how it was the best his team played defensively at any point during the season. He believes the team is going in the right direction and the final games of the season proved that. He thinks the Winnipeg Jets have to deal with the same pressure the Leafs do of being asked the playoff questions every single night. Maurice said when the team can find a way to deal with that type of pressure they can move forward from there.

6:48pm Lance Pugmire – Los Angeles Times

Pugmire talked about the goaltending in Anaheim. He says Frederik Andersen has rightfully won the job and has played really big in net. He says Hiller has struggled, so benching him is the right move. He said its Teemu Selanne's last chance at the Stanley Cup, and that's a pretty big deal. He said the fans truly love him. He doesn't think Bruce Boudreau will be vulnerable if he struggles in the NHL playoffs and his job is safe. He said his record speaks for itself and his teams play very hard in the playoffs.





April 15: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Dave Hodge are joined by Bob McKenzie to discuss why he thinks Randy Carlyle isn’t likely to return to the Leafs next season, and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly drops by to discuss the replacement candidates for Brendan Shanahan, participation in the Olympics and the draft lottery.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Dave Naylor and co-host Dave Hodge are joined in studio by Dave Feschuk and chat about the Leafs' season, Randy Carlyle's future, and more. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined by Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, and Boston Marathon runner Jean Paul Bedard. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Dave Naylor and Dave Hodge are joined in studio by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

5:02pm Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie began by talking about how the word on Randy Carlyle's future will be determined in about a week or two. On a scale of 1-to-10) on whether he would be surprised if Randy Carlyle is still with the Leafs next year, (with 10 being very surprised), he said it would be a 10. He thinks the Maple Leafs organization will go through the interview process and make a decision from there. He talked about how they have a revamped end of the Year Top 10 on the show that night. McKenzie then went on to discuss how the Islanders have a 8.1% chance of winning the lottery, which isn't a terrible percentage. On the St.Louis Blues are suffering from injuries right now and he thinks they're a confident group that should be able to get over the current losing streak if they're reasonably healthy. McKenzie confirms Henrik Zetterberg will not play in the first round series against the Bruins. If McKenzie had to bet hard earned cash on the series he would pick the Bruins, but thinks Detroit will give them a tough series. Boston has the depth, but is Detroit deep enough? McKenzie said the Red Wings will try to play a skilled game against the Bruins.

5:15pm Tim Graham – Buffalo News

Graham spoke with Donald Trump about the NFL and the Buffalo Bills. He said Mary Wilson and Jeffery Littmann want to sell quickly. He said most people thought there would be more time as the current lease of Ralph Wilson Stadium runs until 2019. While he thinks it is unlikely to be sold by October, Graham said the team will be sold within a year at the latest. Buffalo wants either Trump or a local buyer so the team will stay in Orchard Park. Jon Bon Jovi would want to move things to Toronto. Graham thinks some NFL owners could hold a grudge on Trump after the USFL lawsuit grudge, but some would respect his business skills. Graham thinks there's room for Trumps ego and things will get interesting if they do go that way. He said a Niagara Stadium being mentioned is a good plan but he personally thinks the downtown to Niagara Falls trip for fans would be a traffic nightmare. The will be a lot of transformation issues if that does happen.

5:32pm Jean Paul Bedard – Boston Marathon Runner (running Boston Marathon Twice in one day next week)

Bedard was a survivor of sexual abuse and ran the Boston Marathon last year. He said he went to Boston with his wife and was overwhelmed by with his emotions while running. He said he stopped into a medical tent to deal with his emotions, continued on running and finished the race. At the end of the marathon he said he embraced his wife and went back to the hotel. Just after he returned to his hotel the first bombing occurred. He said he dealt with a lot after he returned home, having his whole body shut down and taking a five month leave of absence because it was too much to deal with. Bedard said all he could do was run to ground himself. He had a process to deal with his sexual abuse he used to deal with the bombing. He has decided to return to run the marathon again as a way of bringing his mind back to a better place. He is using the marathon as a metaphor to rewind what happened last year in Boston. He sees Monday as being a very powerful event for all runners. He thinks everyone will help each other to get through the marathon and reclaim the marathon streets. He is running for Gatehouse Child Abuse Web site and he wants more support for men. He mentioned how he talks with Theo Fleury and how Fleury is an inspiration to him. Fleury helped him come out about his issues, and he wants everyone who has dealt with a similar circumstance to know they can rebuild their life.

6:00pm Bill Daly – NHL Deputy Commissioner IN STUDIO

Daly talked about how the biggest difference in this years lottery is the Devils have a penalty, resulting in them not having a chance to win the lottery (they will choose 30th). He said they are considering more evenly balanced odds for the non-playoff teams because they're usually equal quality teams. He doesn't think teams are looking to lose games for a better position. It is more concerning for him when a player like Connor McDavid is in the draft because teams might not want to do well to get a franchise player. He goes on to talk about the hole they are needing to fill with Brendan Shanahan leaving. The process remains the same and he remains confident in the leagues people to penalize fairly. Daly said he may replace Shanahan from within but has received a lot of people interested in the job. Daly said there is no relocation in the works in Buffalo and said he is optimistic about the teams future. He said it was a calm season in the NHL this year other than all the outdoor games. He goes on to talk about the Olympics and discussion over whether the NHL players will go to the next Olympics. He said not everyone is in agreement right now but they are going to try to get to a common place. He thinks they've handled the head injury lawsuits responsibly and he was not shocked by them, as the NFL went through the same situation. He also discussed the elimination of fighting and how it is on the decline (in 70% of games fighting didn't occur). He said the league will continue to attempt to make fighting less-dangerous.

6:30pm Tim Murray – Buffalo Sabres General Manager IN STUDIO

Murray joined the guys in Studio talked about coming in and having to evaluate the on-ice product, coaches and scouts quickly. He had to come in and get to know everyone so he could judge them to see who could help the team moving forward. When asked what Brendan Shanahan should do when dealing with Randy Carlyle, he said he has to get to know the coach to determine if their visions meet. He thinks everyone deserves a chance and made sure he kept an open mind that people could still be doing a good job behind the scenes even if the on-ice product was failing. He said it is a complete re-build in Buffalo, not simply a re-tool. He mentions how he needs to stay patient and the team will get better day-by-day. The team will not lose to have a better chance at Connor McDavid next year because he doesn't like losing. He said he was surprised by the passion and love for hockey in Buffalo. He compared Buffalo to a Canadian market and said the fans want a winner now. He touched on importance a Buffalo/Toronto rivalry, and said it would be a great thing to see happen.





April 14: Show In Review

The Canadian Press

Dave and Bruce Arthur react to the Brendan Shanahan introductory press conference and are joined by Shanahan and Tim Leiweke to discuss the direction the team is headed with new leadership on board.

Audio:

Hour 1:

Hour 1 of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor. MLSE President and CEO Tim Leiweke joins the show to discuss Brendan Shanahan and the Maple Leafs. Hour 1 Audio

Hour 2:

Hour 2 of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor. TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie and new Leafs President Brendan Shanahan join the show. Hour 2 Audio

Hour 3:

Hour 3 of the TSN Drive with Dave Naylor. TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger joins the show to talk about Brendan Shanahan and his new role in Toronto. Hour 3 Audio


Recap:

4:47pm Tim Leiweke – President & CEO of MLSE

Leiweke spoke about the pressure and expectations of the Toronto market. It occurred to him that they needed a “hockey guy” to be team President. He is a big fan of Dave Nonis as GM and despite that they were always looking for a President and they wanted Shanahan all along. Thought Shanahan would be “perfect” here. And he was not brought in to scout draft picks. He sees himself as guy who “shakes the organization.” Sees himself as the “captain” here. Shanahan wants to set the tone, create a mission statement and identity in Toronto. He is the “boss,” it is his organization. Leiweke feels Dave Nonis will be more comfortable reporting to Shanahan than himself, as Shanahan is a hockey mind. Better reporting system today, as the GM is reporting to a Hall of Famer who knows the game. He also said he felt the team bought into Carlyle’s system in the shortened season – they were aggressive and tough to play against. The team had identity, purpose, and a mission statement. That was lost somewhere down the line. He also poke about importance of a strong presence like Brendan Shanahan and the attention and respect Shanahan commands when he walks into a room. He will set down the law and there will be accountability.

5:05pm Bob McKenzie – TSN Hockey Insider

McKenzie said both Linden and Shanahan have natural skill-sets that would prepare them for this type of thing. Shanahan has been with the NHL head office for 5 years; even as player was engaged in non-player things. He had active interest in lockout and made a monumental step forward to try and influence the way hockey is being played. Linden has no experience running team, but was intrinsically involved in the business end of the lockout. Always going to be skepticism with lack of experience. Does he see Barry Trotz as fit? Wouldn’t say he’s NOT a fit. Defensive minded coach. Leafs don’t play with structure, Trotz teams always do. Question that first needs to be answered is: “What style of play does this team want to play?” What kind of hockey does Brendan Shanahan believe in? Do the Leafs want a defensive minded coach after Carlyle, who wanted to employ a defensive style, failed? Spoke about history between Tortorella and Hartley. Continuation of their history in the minors.

5:33pm Brendan Shanahan – Maple Leafs President

Shanahan said his role is to come in here and be in a position of leadership. He wants to take time to learn personnel and bring self up to speed. He said things came together fast and he spoke to others about Leiweke before taking the job. They went through proper channels with Gary Bettman. He said there isa lot to learn about, different for every team. LA can win with certain style, differs from Chicago. Both different, both effective - no one way to win. He said there are lots of good people and pieces here and it’s difficult to talk about the future and hard to be reflecting on a season he wasn’t there for. Shanahan respects Leiweke’s idea of a culture change. Winning is a “cure-all.” He has developed thick skin, surrounded with good people. So long as your vision and plan is good, you endure criticism and get through the highs and lows. Believe in group you have. He is an admirer of Dave Nonis despite never working with him before but hockey is a small community and Nonis has a lot of respect in it. He also mentioned how he was reading about Fenwick & Crosi on his flight to Toronto.

6:17pm Darren Dreger – TSN Hockey Insider

Dreger said that the Maple Leafs lacked direction and identity. Leiweke is not a hockey guy, he wanted a crown jewel to make a statement and show he is paying attention. He said kludos to MLSE for hiring this guy and taking him off the market now. H believes he will be a quality executive. Dreger said it’s unfair to suggest that Shanahan is qualified to be Leiweke’s replacement as of now. How does he see balancing act between Nonis and Shanahan working out going forward? It’s not like Leiweke is trying to stifle Nonis. He believes they are truthful in saying they have a good working relationship. Nonis worked well with Burke. If he can put up with Burke, he can work with anyone. He also spoke about the Burke feud with Canucks and agrees with Burke telling Tortorella to worry about his own team.

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