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The Playbook - October 12 - 11am
Originally aired October 12 2017
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Lavoie talks Rangers' aggressive approach to the trade deadline
February 23 2018
Renaud Lavoie with TVA Sports joins a Playbook trio of Satiar Shah, Kelly Bates and Dave Sheldon to preview the NHL trade deadline. He discusses the needs of the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning. With the Rangers, it's not much farther from a complete retool as they aim to get younger and add character. However, coach AV has indicated not many players will be on the move.
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Feb. 23: Germany drops Canada
February 23 2018
Sat, Kelly & Dave criticize Canada's effort vs Germany; Renaud Lavoie gives the latest info on trade rumours around the NHL (53:22); Danny Kelly analyzes how Marcus Peters fits in with the LA Rams after the trade from KC (96:43).
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Doug MacLean on no-trade clause: 'Don't blame the player, it's his right'
February 22 2018
Sportsnet NHL analyst Doug MacLean joins Satiar Shah and Kelly Bates on The Playbook to tell a story about moving Todd Marchant from Columbus to Anaheim by putting him on waivers despite a no-trade clause, a choice that prompted a change to league rules. "That is when no-movement deals came from and now they're a pain in the butt to everybody." It's in the player's right to reject a move. "You cannot blame a player for turning it down."
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Ryan Biech on Canucks' projected return to goodness, maybe even greatness
February 22 2018

Sportsnet's prospect analyst Ryan Biech joins Satiar Shah and Kelly Bates on The Playbook to talk about the speed of progress for young talent, specifically goaltenders. The curve is individual, but there's no harm in calling up a player for a single game to expose him to the bigs. They talk Jonathan Dahlen, Olli Juolevi and the curve that predicts when the Canucks can expect to be a winning team again.

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Feb. 22: Congrats to U.S. women... kinda
February 22 2018
Sat & Kelly Bates review Women's Olympic Gold Game; Ryan Biech updates on Canucks prospects (30:55); Mark Schofield previews QB's coming in the NFL Draft (55:08); Doug MacLean says Ottawa management started this bizarre situation with Karlsson (78:11)
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Feb. 21: Which big players are trade targets?
February 21 2018
Sat & Kelly analyze the idea of Canucks acquiring a forward with size; Irfaan Gaffar touches on Tanev's trade availability (26:58); Emily Kaplan chats NHL trade price points before deadline (54:55) Matt Waldman previews prospects in the NFL Draft (98:55)
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What would Erik Karlsson command on the open market?
February 21 2018
ESPN's Emily Kaplan speculates what a trade for Erik Karlsson could look like. She characterizes it as "scuttlebutt" and thinks it's too risky to move the elite defenceman. The comparison to Evander Kane is that the Sabres are asking for too much, but Karlsson would command much more: a top prospect, a second-round pick and also a roster player. Bringing it home, Chris Tanev is worth a first-round pick and perhaps also a top prospect. The Maple Leafs have been patient so far, why would they veer off their plan now?
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Prospect report on Lamar Jackson suggests he's far better than characterized
February 21 2018

Matt Waldman, an NFL draft and prospects analyst at MattWaldmanRSP.com, joins Satiar Shah and Kelly Bates to talk about the reasons Lamar Jackson would make a solid pro quarterback and is better than he is being characterized. "When I watch his tape... you see a player that has progressed quite a lot in the pocket." Certain techniques are better than Michael Vick's, plus he maintains "fight" stance. College players win because they are elite athletes, but NFLers must be the elite of the elite. He talks about all they ways Nick Chubb has the edge on Saquon Barkley. (Sacrilege!)

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Feb. 20: Gudbranson officially signs
February 20 2018
Sat & Dave Sheldon take in your reaction to the re-signing of Erik Gudbranson; Utica Comets commentator Andy Zilch updates on the teams 16 game point streak (30:30); Erik Gudbranson after morning skate (106:42); Travis Green Game-day Presser (123:01)
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Canucks' Erik Gudbranson: Confidence is big and I'm riding a wave right now
February 20 2018
Erik Gudbranson joins Joey Kenward in an exclusive rink-side interview after the d-man signed a three-year contract extension worth $12 million with Vancouver. "Today is a good day in my hockey career and I'm very fortunate," said the 26-year-old who had said he wanted to stay with the club. "I didn't really want to go into free agency. I like the deal." He says his coach expects him to make his presence felt. "No. 1. is being a physical presence and getting pucks out. I still believe there is a big place in hockey for guys who can play that mental game with teams --- you can line up across from the other team and those guys are shaking, wondering how they are going to get through us."
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Feb. 19: Is a Gudbranson contract extension close?
February 19 2018
Sat & Kelly Bates react to the report of Gudbranson contract extension. Dan Murphy discusses outlook for Canucks a week before deadline (28:59); John Shannon talks about league wide rumours (77:34); Jessica Kleinschmidt previews Spring Training (125:30)
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Kleinschmidt on Tim Lincecum's making of a comeback
February 19 2018
Jessica Kleinschmidt with the MLB Network joins Satiar Shah and Kelly Bates to talk about spring training and issues around the league with free agency. She sees players taking a unified front. "If they do all work together, that will show a strong message." Rob Manfred has indicated he's listening and is receptive to player input. She talks Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and the Mariners as well as Tim Lincecum who is working his way back and has a formal offer from a still-unknown team that is not the Giants. "It's nice that he's getting a chance."
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Coaches would miss Tanev, but Canucks put him on trade block
February 19 2018
Sportsnet's Dan Murphy joins Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang to talk about how active the Canucks will be before the NHL trade deadline. Chris Tanev is in play for the right price, which is the first time that's been put out there by the club. This is certainly a team that is selling, he says. "I would expect they will try to be busy but whether or not they can execute remains to be seen." It's important not to overpay for Erik Gudbranson, and Thomas Vanek comes as a cautionary tale.
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If Gudbranson doesn't sign with Canucks, d-man shoppers are in Toronto, Boston, Tampa Bay
February 19 2018
Sportsnet's veteran analyst John Shannon joins Satiar Shah and Kelly Bates on The Playbook to talk about the latest with Erik Gudbranson. Is the d-man hesitant to test the free-agency market? Since he has come back from injury, he's played his best hockey some of his best hockey. "Comfort and coaching go a long way to making sure a player can fit in." More than any other, the Maple Leafs are the best fit for what they can give and what the Canucks need. Tampa Bay and Boston are also shopping for blue-liners.
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Gudbranson's grit would count most in playoffs, which is no good to Canucks
February 16 2018
Retired NHLer and current NHL Network analyst Scott Stevens weighs the value of Erik Gudbranson and says every team gets bigger and more feared when they have a stay-at-home d-man who will finish every check. "They can change the game a little different than a guy who scores a goal." Some players are left alone to punish opponents but it has to be by team committee. A tight-knit, physical group is harder to play against, especially in the playoffs. "Part of the way to win is to wear the other team down."
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Canucks must beware 'panic moves' and prioritize draft picks
February 16 2018
Sportsnet's Dimitri Filipovic joins Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang to talk about the Canucks' possible moves ahead of the trade deadline and if they can make the playoffs too soon in the next three years before the rebuild is established. What's the risk Jim Benning makes "panic moves" and becomes a buyer too soon rather than remaining a seller, so to speak. The priority should be draft picks and developing prospects.
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Feb 16: Hutton gets scratched - is a trade next?
February 16 2018
Sat & Jawn conjure up trades for Hutton after his scratch; Dimitri Filipovic provides thoughts on recent trades & GM extensions (75:42); Scott Stevens explains the value of a player like Gudbranson (115:50); Blk Tray previews the NBA Dunk Contest (130:47)
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Feb. 15: Guess who's back? Back again... Benning's back!
February 15 2018
Sat & Jawn take in your reaction to the contract extension to Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning and what the message is moving forward for the team. Ryan Biech provides his update on Canucks prospects (31:07)
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Ryan Biech on defining 'blue-chip' prospects and if Canucks have any
February 15 2018
The Sportsnet prospect analyst says the Canucks extension with Jim Benning was "inevitable" because four years is not enough to see what will become of the players he drafted. A blue-chip is a guaranteed NHL player who will be a difference-maker, and the only one in the Canucks prospect pool at the moment is Elias Pettersson. Others may be very good once they reach their peak, but that doesn't qualify them as blue-chip.
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Feb. 14: Benning signs an extension
February 14 2018
Sat and Jawn react to Canucks' General Manager Jim Benning signing a multi-year contract extension with the team. Emily Kaplan of ESPN sheds light on what's going with the Blackhawks in Chicago (53:00); Sam Cosentino talks Canucks prospects (72:00); We he
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BC Lions pack mentality: Hervey and Buono will figure out how to work together
February 13 2018

Joel Gasson with 3DownNation.com joins Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang to talk about Travis Lulay signing on for one more year with the BC Lions. He may not be completely recovered from his shoulder injury, but Jonathon Jennings is the tandem QB they need to get through the season. The offensive line could not have gotten worse. Ed Hervey and Wally Buono will figure out how to work together. Johnny Manziel won't make it in the CFL this year. "I just don't know if there is room for him in Hamilton this year."

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Dan Rosen on NHL trade deadline, no-trade clause and big names on the move
February 13 2018
Dan Rosen with the NHL Network discusses the no-trade clause and the chance it will be taken out of contracts. It's likely too big a bargaining chip for players to relinquish, he says. "I don't see that being a fair fight." He expects to see a fair amount of action and good players on the move, including Rick Nash and Evander Kane as well as players with term left on their deals, which makes them more than a mere rental.
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Danny Kelly on the Colts' pivot from McDaniels to Reich
February 13 2018
Danny Kelly with The Ringer joins Sat Shah and Jawn Jang to talk about the new coach of the Colts, Frank Reich. It'll be a big jump for him, but his ability to work with QBs and get the most out of an offence plays to his advantages and makes a lot of sense for Indianapolis. With Andrew Luck healthy, they're elevated to contenders.
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Feb. 13: What Olympic sport could you do?
February 13 2018
Danny Kelly from TheRinger.com joins the show after coaching changes & ahead of NFL Free Agency (53:56); NHL.com Analyst Dan Rosen talks about the playoff push & deadline deals (79:38); Joel Gasson from 3DownNation discusses CFL Free Agency (127:32).
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Feb. 12: Canada feeling gold
February 12 2018
Sat & Jawn applaud Canadian athletes picking up medals; Irfaan Gaffar reacts to Canucks big win (30:36) Keegan Matheson previews Blue Jays as pitchers & catchers report (53:01); Ty Ronning discusses his Giants season & future with the Rangers (104:30)
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Bontemps: Cavaliers are better and also ensured 'motivated and happy' LeBron
February 09 2018
The Washington Post's national NBA reporter, Tim Bontemps, sizes up the moves at the trade deadline. "The Cavs are definitely better," he says, plus, they will have a motivated and happy LeBron James. The Raptors weren't poised to make a move, lacking desire and ammunition. Besides, they're the best they've ever been.
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Lavoie: Teams seeking blueline boost 'need to call the Canucks'
February 09 2018
TVA analyst Ren Lavoie does not expect a big move at the trade deadline involving long-term players because this time of year is about rentals. He talks about the potential of a deal for Thomas Vanek and Erik Gudbranson. The latter "is probably the best defenceman available right now." The return is at least a second-round pick. A more aggressive team might give up a first-round pick to the Canucks.
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Feb. 9: Trade talk heats up
February 09 2018
Iain MacIntyre provides info on Canucks view on Anders Nilsson & what it means for Demko (57:15); Renaud Lavoie discusses Gudbranson's trade value & why fans might be surprised at the return (83:52); Tim Bontemps reviews the NBA Trade Deadline (101:21)
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MacIntyre predicts Canucks have a quiet trade deadline day
February 09 2018
Sportsnet's Iain MacIntyre predicts the trade deadline will not be particularly busy for the Canucks but the club does have to make decisions on a number of players: keep 'em or move 'em on. There is no market interest in Anders Nilsson, and Thatcher Demko should be allowed three years in the minors to develop. Similarly, it makes sense to wait on Jake Virtanen. Over the border in Alberta, the Oilers have been one of the most disappointing showings of the season.
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Feb. 8: Archibald gets the call
February 08 2018
Sat & Jawn react to Darren Archibald's call up & NBA Trades before Trade Deadline. Ryan Biech updates Canucks Prospects (30:17); Mark Schofield breaks down the mood of Patriots nation (54:53); Jawn confronts Andrew Walker for the marathon (102:39).
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Biech: Canucks have traded away more value than they've got back
February 08 2018

Sportsnet prospect analyst Ryan Biech joins Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang to assess the Canucks trade moves for draft picks and beyond going back to 2014. It's very layered, he says, but they've given up more than they've got in return. With Jim Benning, the club has only traded away two more picks than they've picked up. He talks Evan Bouchard, Reid Boucher, Nikolay Goldobin and the next great hope, maybe, Elias Pettersson.

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Patriots succession plan falling into place, but why now and why McDaniels?
February 08 2018
Mark Schofield joins Sat and Jawn and Toto's "Africa," too, to make sense of Josh McDaniels' move-non-move to Indianapolis. The understanding is that Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick went to the assistant coach and told him he'd be at the helm at some point, a promise that has not been made to others in the system, such as Matt Patricia. The football club has never been as unsettled as it is right now and we may never get the full story. Cough, Malcolm Butler. Cough cough, Rob Gronkowski.
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Feb. 7: Burrows got how many games?!
February 07 2018
Sat & Jawn react to Alex Burrows suspension; Benjamin Allbright on McDaniels situation (18:53); ESPN NHL Reporter Emily Kaplan (52:39); London Knights Defenceman Evan Bouchard(81:12); Sportsnet's Jonathan Willis on what a draft pick is worth (101:02)
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Chances of trading for a first-round pick that becomes a franchise cornerstone
February 07 2018

Jonathan Willis with Sportsnet joins Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang to talk the pending trade deadline and how often a trade for a first-round pick become a franchise cornerstone. Sometimes you get a gem, but most likely it'll be a bust. On the trade market, Thomas Vanek gets undervalued because he's seen as a one-way player. He assesses Erik Gudbranson's worth and how the unpredictable lottery affects last-minute moves. He'd trade for Max Pacioretty over Mike Hoffman, though he likes them both.

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Emily Kaplan talks Burrows and his 'unhinged" behaviour 'like a WWE move'
February 07 2018
The ESPN's NHL reporter joins Sat Shah and Jawn Jang to talk about former Canuck Alex Burrows and his pending discipline for kneeing Taylor Hall in the head. "It was really hard to watch," she says. "It wasn't fighting. It wasn't hockey." On the Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews does a lot but it doesn't register on the scoresheet. Brandon Saad was supposed to be the answer but that's not panned out either. She talks St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and teams' plans at the trade deadline.
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Jeff Blair on collusion, lifestyle benefits and reasons for this MLB dispute
February 06 2018
Jeff Blair calls in from Toronto to look ahead to the MLB season and spring training, but first he talks players' frustrations and potential job action over the CBA. He breaks it all down and sees it as a dispute centred on the players' association leadership and the differences of a CBA that affects lifestyle aspects such as clubhouse chefs and the bottom line affecting bank accounts. He also gets into free agency, collusion and his expectation there is no labour stoppage this year but may be a work-to-rule campaign and slower games.
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Danny Kelly: Patriots' inability to adapt against Eagles very 'un-Belichickian'
February 06 2018
There is no band the Ringer's NFL analyst would see at the expense of missing the Super Bowl. The rumour on Malcolm Butler is that he missed team curfew, but is that enough to keep him out of the game? "He didn't even play in place of some of the fifth- and sixth-string guys." His absence contributed to the Patriots' loss but his departure next year has been brewing all season. Bill Belichick looked positively human --- in other words, beatable.
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Shorthouse on Canucks' Virtanen: 'It's not going to happen overnight'
February 06 2018
The TV broadcast voice of the Vancouver Canucks, John Shorthouse calls in from sunny Sunrise to preview the club's visit to the Florida Panthers and gets the hosts laughing. Blimp, anyone? Todd Bertuzzi has an ambition to help develop Jake Virtanen and is "a perfect example" in that he finally figured it out for himself and was the league's premier power forward. Aaron Ekblad and Chris Pronger are an example of the kind of influence. They talk Troy Stecher, Ben Hutton and Travis Green's plan as well as Jacob Markstrom.
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Feb. 6: Does Ben Hutton have a future here?
February 06 2018
Sat & Jawn discuss Hutton's value & if Panthers have a brighter future than Canucks; John Shorthouse from Florida before VAN vs FLA (32:08); Danny Kelly reviews SB52 (51:37); Jeff Blair comments on MLB Labour strife & Donaldson negotiations (101:42)
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Even with one minute left, Brady could not be written off
February 05 2018
Sportsnet's man in Minnesota, Irfaan Gaffar describes the showmanship of the NFL's biggest event and talks about the moment everyone realized Philadelphia knocked of the defending champs. "Can you say that again... The Eagles won the Super Bowl with Nick Foles." The talk Foles' future, play-calling and the offensive game plan the Eagles executed. Carson Wentz will return, meaning the Eagles could do this all again.
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Carr: Nick Foles may take pay-cut to stay with Philadelphia Eagles
February 05 2018
NFL analyst David Carr joins Satiar Shah and Jawn Jang to talk about Nick Foles out-catching Tom Brady to win the Super Bowl. "It really was that defence that let the Patriots down." He doesn't agree with sitting Malcolm Butler since he's one of the main reasons the Patriots got tot his point. He credits Foles and Carson Wentz for having a team-first relationship and could see the Super Bowl MVP taking less money because he wants to stay in Philly. "They might try to repeat this thing with a different quarterback."
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Feb. 5: The Eagles did it....but how?
February 05 2018
Sat & Jawn react to the Eagles big win over the Patriots; Irfaan Gaffar joins the show from Minnesota after Super Bowl 52 (31:07); Former NFL QB & 1st overall pick David Carr provides his thoughts on the Super Bowl (72:06).
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Jawn Jang psyches himself up to run 42.2 kilometres
February 02 2018
The co-host of Sportsnet 650's The Playbook accepts the challenge laid down by Andrew Walker, the foe of apples and corn, who doesn't believe Jawn Jang can complete a marathon. Jang will train with Scott Rintoul, Walker's co-host on The Program. At stake is 15 per cent of Walker's annual salary.
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Feb. 2: The pressures of being an NHL GM
February 02 2018
Danny Kelly from TheRinger.com previews Super Bowl 52 (51:29); Dimitri Filipovic checks in to review the NHL (75:16); Canucks play Tampa Bay tomorrow and Dave Mishkin phones in to talk about the Lightning (100:51)
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To pull off an upset, Eagles need clutch plays from Nick Foles
February 02 2018

Danny Kelly from TheRinger.com breaks down Nick Foles and Tom Brady, trying to weigh one against the other and how their teams stack up behind them. The X-factor is whether or not the Eagles QB can come up big with a few clutch passes. He talks offence balancing against defence, and what New England will do to eliminate Philadelphia's top assets. If the back-up QB pulls off the win, he'll have turned himself into a valuable trade chip.

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