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The Sportsnet Hot Stove
Is Denis Shapovalov the new face of Canadian tennis?
Originally aired August 12 2017
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February 24: Is Auston Matthews' injury history cause for concern?
February 24 2018
George Rusic, Josh Goldberg, and Donnovan Bennett on Auston Matthews' injury history, his development over the past two seasons, the team's match-up vs the Bruins, and possible Leafs' deadline additions (4:14); previewing the NHL Trade Deadline and various rumours from around the league (30:16); on Canada's bronze medal win in the men's Olympic hockey tournament, the lack of competition in the women's game , Kim Boutin as the closing ceremonies flag bearer, and Canada's medal haul at the games (42:30); on expectations for the Blue Jays this season, and the "ifs" surrounding their potential success (68:36); on the Raptors' loss to the Bucks, and scary first round match-ups for the team come playoff time (77:27).
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NBA's Eastern Conference filled with potential playoff sleepers candidates
February 24 2018
George Rusic, Josh Goldberg, and Donnovan Bennett recap the Raptors' loss to the Bucks, and discuss why Toronto wouldn't want to meet Milwaukee in the post-season, how dangerous the Heat can be, and other teams that can make the Raptors' life hard in the playoffs.
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There are many "ifs" surrounding the Blue Jays and their success this season
February 24 2018
The Hot Stove panel discusses what it will take for the Blue Jays to be in the Wild Card mix this season, what additions they still need to make, the importance of the rotation finding their 2016 form, how health will play a major role in their success, and reasonable expectations for Devon Travis and Troy Tulowitzki.
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Takeaways from the Olympic hockey tournaments
February 24 2018
The Hot Stove Crew gives their thoughts on Team Canada's men's hockey team's bronze medal win in Pyeongchang, takeaways from the tournament, the women's shoot-out loss to the United States, and what it will take for there to be more competitive countries in women's hockey.
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Previewing NHL Trade Deadline Day with the Hot Stove panel
February 24 2018
George Rusic, Josh Goldberg, and Donnovan Bennett look ahead to the NHL Trade Deadline, and break down some of the rumours around the league such as: Erik Karlsson possibly moving, Rick Nash potentially joining the Predators, Mike Green being on the Leafs' radar, and where Evander Kane may end up.
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Is Auston Matthews' injury-history cause for concern?
February 24 2018
George Rusic, Josh Goldberg, and Donnovan Bennett weigh-in on Auston Matthews' latest injury, his play since returning from a concussion, the Leafs' performance without him, and the possibility of a Luke Glendening addition.
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Hot Stove: Blue Jays find their fifth starter
February 17 2018
The Hot Stove discuss the Blue Jays signing Jaime Garcia who will now round out the team's starting rotation. The panel also discusses Jerry Howarth's legacy after he announced his retirement this past week after 36 years in the booth.
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Feb. 17: Puck Talk; Blue Jays add an arm
February 17 2018
Roger Lajoie, Ryan Dixon, and Josh Goldberg preview tonight's Leafs-Pens tilt (01:00), and debate what certain teams should do at the NHL trade deadline (24:10). In the second hour, the guys share their thoughts on Canada's performance at the Olympics so far (41:00); break down the Blue Jays' signing of FA starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (53:20), and debate the Raptors' chances in the Eastern Conference with a re-engaged LeBron James and the Cavaliers making moves (65:10).
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Hot Stove: Who's Buying? Who's Selling?
February 17 2018
Roger Lajoie, Ryan Dixon, and Josh Goldberg discuss the approach certain teams should take at the NHL trade deadline. Should a team like the Golden Knights go all-out in their expansion season?
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Maple Leafs are an elite team
February 17 2018
Roger Lajoie, Ryan Dixon, and Josh Goldberg discuss the Maple Leafs' recent play and tonight's test against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Although they are still incredibly young, Roger says you can't argue with facts: Toronto is currently sixth overall in the NHL standings and should be only getting better.
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February 10: Previewing the Battle of Ontario
February 10 2018
Rob Wong, Josh Goldberg, and Arden Zwelling on their interest in the men's Olympic hockey tournament, and what events they're most excited to watch (1:58); on the Ottawa Senators' struggles, Tom Anselmi stepping down, Pierre Dorion's three-year extension, and the Boston Bruins' incredible play (32:00); on the Raptors' quiet deadline, the buy-out market, and Dwane Casey's chances of winning Coach of the Year (43:52); on the Super Bowl, and Jimmy Garoppolo's monster deal (60:37); on the Blue Jays' interest in Andrew Cashner, other pitchers they may go after, and the frozen free-agent market (73:10).
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Looking ahead to spring training with the Hot Stove panel
February 10 2018
The Hot Stove crew breaks down the Blue Jays' interest in Andrew Cashner, and discuss other pitchers they may be looking at, how they think the team will fare next season, how they rate the Jays' additions as a whole, and whether this frozen market will affect free agency next year.
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Dwane Casey for Coach of the Year?
February 10 2018
Rob Wong, Arden Zwelling, and Josh Goldberg discuss where they stack up Dwane Casey against other coaches in the league, how well Casey has done managing the Raptors' culture change, and why it's so difficult to really assess a coach's performance.
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What will happen with the Raptors' bench come playoff time?
February 10 2018
The Hot Stove panel discusses how it will be interesting to see how Dwane Casey uses the Raptors' bench in the playoffs, where the Raptors stand post- trade deadline, potential buy-out candidates the team may go after, and why it may be hard for a new addition to find any playing time with the club.
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Maple Leafs aren't quite contenders just yet
February 10 2018
The Hot Stove crew breaks down the Leafs' play as of late, and discusses the areas in which they can improve, how they stack up against the top teams in the East, how far they can go relying on Frederik Andersen, and why it may best to stand pat at the trade deadline.
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"Different" dynamic in Olympic hockey tournament should be interesting
February 10 2018
Rob Wong, Arden Zwelling, and Josh Goldberg discuss their level of interest in the men's Olympic hockey tournament, what they expect to see from the team, and what Olympic events they're most looking forward to,
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February 3: Is Patriot fatigue bringing the Super Bowl down?
February 03 2018
Rob Wong, Donnovan Bennett, and Mark Boffo on the lack of hype surrounding the Super Bowl, what the Eagles need to do to take down the Patrots, and whether there will be interest in Nick Foles in the off-season (44:09); breaking down the Leafs' recent success, and previewing the team's match-up vs. the Bruins (2:20); on potential Leafs' deadline moves (9:57); grading Mike Babcock's coaching performance (16:14); on the evolotuion of Jonas Valanciunas, and the emergence of Fred Van Vleet (28:43); breaking down the Alex Smith trade to Washington (57:38); discussing the 2018 NFL Hall of Fame class (70:05); assessing the Blake Griffin trade (75:44); on the possible MLB labour strike (80:26).
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What does the Blake Griffin trade mean for the Pistons?
February 03 2018
Rob Wong, Donnovan Bennett, and Mark Boffo discuss why they think the Pistons went after Blake Griffin, the risk that comes with nabbing the oft-injured power forward, what the move means for Pistons fans, whether the team can make some noise in the playoffs, and why Detroits' draft history is concerning.
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Has Patriot fatigue impacted interest in the Super Bowl?
February 03 2018
The Hot Stove crew discusses the lack of excitement surrounding Super Bowl 52, why the QB match-up is less than thrilling, what it will take for the Eagles to take down the Patriots, and whether or not teams will be going after Nick Foles in the off-season.
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It's time for JV and Fred Van Vleet to shine
February 03 2018
The Hot Stove panel discusses their takeaways from the Raptors' win over the Trail Blazers, Jonas Valanciunas' recent incredible play, his development over the years, and the emergence of Fred Van Vleet.
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How do you grade an NHL coach?
February 03 2018
The Hot Stove Crew gives their thoughts on Mike Babcock's performance as head coach of the Leafs, and the difficulties that come with managing a roster of talented, young players.
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Leafs have been riding a high, but questions remain
February 03 2018
Rob Wong, Donnovan Bennett, and Mark Boffo break down the Maple Leafs' recent success, and discuss how the success of Travis Dermott and Justin Holl may affect their deadline plans. The guys also preview the team's match-up against the Bruins.
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Jan. 27, 2018: Should the Blue Jays have done more to get Yelich?
January 27 2018
Rob Wong, Brent Gunning, and Ben Nicholson-Smith on the Blue Jays' off-season, their "incremental" improvements, the Christian Yelich trade,big question marks (2:49); on 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees (17:40); on the Super Bowl, Gronk's concussion (26:55); on Auston Matthews' talent, Mike Babcock's line changes (43:48); what is goaltender interference? (55:57); on the return of the XFL (72:25).
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The XFL is coming back: Do we care?
January 27 2018
The Hot Stove panel gives their thoughts on the return of the XFL, and discuss what they expect from this new incarnation of the league, and why they think they'll be interested in catching a few games.
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There's no need for Mike Babcock to change the lineup back- at least for now
January 27 2018
Rob Wong, Brent Gunning, and Ben Nicholson-Smith discuss Mike Babcock's (successful) lineup changes, the frustration with Babcock's stubbornness, Auston Matthews' talent, Matt Martin's role on the team, and the Leafs' playoff push.
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Loss to the Jazz isn't the end of the world for the Raptors
January 27 2018
The Hot Stove guys recap the Raptors' loss to the Utah Jazz, and discuss the importance of learning from a game like that. The guys also weigh-in on the All-Star Game festivities, and talk about what they like about the changes.
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The Hot Stove panel weighs in on the Baseball Hall of Fame inductees
January 27 2018
Rob Wong, Brent Gunning, and Ben Nicholson-Smith discuss the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductees, whether or not Mike Mussina is a hall-of-famer, and the chances of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens being inducted.
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Should the Blue Jays have tried harder to get Christian Yelich?
January 27 2018
The Hot Stove crew gives their thoughts on the Milwaukee Brewers' acquisition of the Christian Yelich, and debates whether or not the Blue Jays should have given up Vlad Guerrero Jr. to get Yelich. The guys also weigh-in on the Jays' off-season moves so far.
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Jan. 20, 2018
January 20 2018
Rob Wong, Josh Goldberg, and Donnovan Bennett discuss the Leafs' struggles (5:05); on the Blue Jays' acquisition of Randal Grichuk, and the team's off-season as a whole; on Baseball Hall of Fame inductees for 2018; on Raptors' win vs Spurs and how they compare to San Antonio (44:09); on DeMar DeRozan being an ASG starter, hall-of-fame potential; previewing Championship Sunday (74:32).
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Previewing Championship Sunday with the Hot Stove Crew
January 20 2018
Rob Wong, Josh Goldberg, and Donnovan Bennett weigh in on the Championship games in the NFL, and discuss the Patriots' dominance, how home field advantage may benefit the Eagles, and why it will come down to the wire in the NFC Championship game.
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Dwane Casey for Coach of the Year?
January 20 2018
Rob Wong, Josh Goldberg, and Donnovan Bennett reflect on Dwane Casey's coaching career with the Raptors, and discuss the job he's done this year, other candidates in the league, DeMar DeRozan being named an ASG starter, and DeRozan's potential to be named to the Hall-of-Fame in the future.
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Grading the Grichuk acquisition
January 20 2018
The Hot Stove panel gives their initial thoughts on Blue Jays' trade for Randal Grichuk, the acquisition of Curtis Granderson, and their need for pitching depth.
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Is the criticism of Mike Babcock warranted?
January 20 2018
Rob Wong, Josh Goldberg, and Donnovan Bennett debate whether or not Mike Babcock deserves the criticism he has been receiving lately for his line combinations and usage. They also take a look ahead to the team's off-season.
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Is the Leafs' recent play cause for concern?
January 20 2018
The Hot Stove crew weighs in on the Leafs' recent play, the team's offensive struggles, the ice-time debate, the importance of having skill along with a strong work ethic, and Mike Babcock's lines.
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Taking a look around the MLB off-season with the Hot Stove
January 13 2018
Roger Lajoie, Ryan Dixon, and Mark Boffo take a look around the MLB off-season, and discuss the Blue Jays' deal with Donaldson, why it was a smart move, his future with the club, the team going to arbitration with Marcus Stroman and Roberto Osuna, and their lackluster outfield.
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It won't take much for fans to get caught up in the Olympics
January 13 2018
The Hot Stove panel discusses Team Canada's men's hockey team roster, what it will take for fans to get excited about the tournament, the different stories that will emerge at the games, and how this will be such a different viewing experience for fans.
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The Canadiens are at a crossroads
January 13 2018
Roger Lajoie, Mark Boffo, and Ryan Dixon give their thoughts on the Montreal Canadiens' struggles, how they can turn it around, and the good that can come with tanking. The guys also take a look at the moves and decisions that got the team to this point.
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Sportsnet Hot Stove - January 13- Saturday
January 13 2018
Roger Lajoie, Mark Boffo, and Ryan Dixon discuss the Leafs' play as of late, the Raptors' dominance, the Blue Jays' recent deals, and more!
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Should we be reading into the Leafs' recent losses?
January 13 2018
The Hot Stove Crew weighs in on the Leafs' last stretch heading into their bye week, their up and down season as a whole, Frederik Andersen's workload, and the possibility of a deadline move.
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Are bye weeks a good idea?
January 13 2018
Roger Lajoie, Mark Boffo, and Ryan Dixon debate the good and the bad of the NHL's bye weeks.
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The Raptors are playing without fear
January 13 2018
The Hot Stove breaks down the Raptors' solid play, their win over the Cavs, and discus how their depth sets them apart, how they're viewed around the league, and how hard it is to compare the regular season to the playoffs.
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Sportsnet Hot Stove -January 6 - Saturday
January 06 2018
Rob Wong, Donnovan Bennett, and Brent Gunning talk Leafs, World Junior's, Raptors, and Wild-Card Weekend in the NFL!
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Previewing Wild-Card Weekend with the Hot Stove
January 06 2018
Rob Wong, Brent Gunning, and Donnovan Bennett look ahead to a busy weekend in the NFL, and preview the Bills match-up vs the Jaguars. The guys also discuss the drama in New England, who they think are the teams to beat, and Jon Gruden's (reproted) 100 million dollar contract.
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Story-lines abound with this Raptors' squad
January 06 2018
Rob Wong, Brent Gunning, and Donnovan Bennett discuss the Toronto Raptors' recent success, and give their thoughts on DeMar DeRozan's place among the all-time Raptors' greats, how he's separated himself from Kyle Lowry and possible deadline moves the team might make.
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Where has the interest in the World Junior Championship gone?
January 06 2018
The Hot Stove touches on Team Canada's gold medal win at the WJC, and discusses how changing viewing habits have impacted interest in the tournament. They also weigh-in on Lias Andersson throwing away his silver medal.
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