Leafs Lunch

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By: TSN 1050 Toronto

Join Julia Tocheri and Al's Brother (Michael DiStefano) alongside a variety of TSN Hockey Insiders and analysts to get up to date on everything going on with your favourite team weekdays from 12pm-2pm.

Methot on Murray facing his former team and how the Leafs respond to "heavy" hockey
Last Friday at 8:22 PM

Former NHL defenceman and current Senators analyst Marc Methot joins Julia and Al's Brother to talk about Matt Murray facing his former team in the Battle of Ontario and if the key to beating the Leafs is playing a more physical brand of hockey.


Grabner talks about his former teammate, John Tavares, and what made him a good captain
Last Friday at 7:24 PM

Longtime NHL winger Michael Grabner joins Julia and Al’s Brother to talk about his former teammate John Tavares who is approaching his 1000th game, what Tavares was like as a Captain, his time with the Leafs during the ‘tank’ season and what the mindset of the organization was like.


Leafs Lunch: January 27, 2023 - Hour 2
Last Friday at 7:12 PM

In the second hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano are joined by longtime NHLer Michael Grabner to discuss his memories of playing with John Tavares ahead of Tavares reaching the 1000 games played milestone this weekend. Then Julia and Al's Brother talk to TSN hockey analyst Marc Methot about tonight's Battle of Ontario.


Leafs Lunch: January 27, 2023 - Hour 1
Last Friday at 6:06 PM

In the first hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano are joined by TSN hockey insider Chris Johnston to discuss the breaking news of Auston Matthews being out at least three weeks with a knee sprain. Then Julia and Al's Brother get into Sheldon Keefe's comments about going with Matt Murray in net tonight against the Senators.


Johnston on Matthews’ injury: It was described to me as a minor thing
Last Friday at 5:47 PM

TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston joins Julia and Al’s Brother to share the latest on Auston Matthews’ injury, if the Leafs could move a roster player like Kerfoot before the deadline, the possibility of a Conor Timmins’ extension with the Leafs and more.


Button on why he's confident Liljegren can handle top 4 role in postseason
Last Thursday at 8:33 PM

TSN Hockey analyst Craig Button joins Julia and Al’s Brother to share his takeaways from Connor Bedard’s performance at the CHL top prospects game and if Timothy Liljegren has reset the bar for himself.


Leafs Lunch: January 26, 2023 - Hour 2
Last Thursday at 7:12 PM

In the second hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano are joined by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button to recap the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and discuss which players stood out. Then Julia and Al's Brother list their "Top Off-the-Radar" trade targets for the Maple Leafs in this week's Thursday Three-Pack.


Siegel on who Tavares is away from hockey & if he prefers the Matthews-Nylander duo on the top line
Last Thursday at 7:02 PM

Jonas Siegel, The Athletic’s Leafs reporter, joins Julia and Al’s Brother to talk about John Tavares as he approaches his 1000th game, the rise of Timothy Liljegren, why he likes the Matthews-Nylander combo on the top line and if the Leafs should make a big splash at the deadline.


Leafs Lunch: Stay or Go
Last Thursday at 6:22 PM

Julia and Al's Brother share what they'd like to see stay and go from the Leafs 3-2 OT win over the Rangers, including Timothy Liljegren's strong play and Marner's electric game winning goal.


Leafs Lunch: January 26, 2023 - Hour 1
Last Thursday at 6:07 PM

In the first hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano decide on what they would like to stay and what needs to go from the Leafs' OT win against the Rangers. Then Julia and Al's Brother talk to The Athletic Maple Leafs reporter Jonas Siegel about the interesting facts he learned about John Tavares after interviewing the Leafs captain.


Leafs Lunch: January 25, 2023 - Hour 2
Last Wednesday at 7:10 PM

In the second hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano were joined by New York Post Rangers reporter Mollie Walker to discuss Igor Shesterkin's season so far and the biggest changes to the team from last season. Then Julia and Al's Brother play another edition of "Word Association Wednesday".


Walker: [Shesterkin] is still the backbone of the Rangers
Last Wednesday at 6:44 PM

New York Post Rangers Reporter Mollie Walker joins the show to discuss Shesterkin's season so far, the biggest changes from last season, Lafreniere's poor play, why youngsters struggle in New York and who could be used as trade fodder.


Leafs Lunch: January 25, 2023 - Hour 1
Last Wednesday at 6:19 PM

In the first hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano preview tonight's matchup between the Leafs and Rangers. Then Julia and Al's Brother are joined by "Inside the Maple Leafs" reporter David Alter live at Scotiabank Arena to discuss the Leafs' line changes and who could still be on the move at the trade deadline.


Alter: I was surprised the core wasn't reunited earlier in the year
Last Wednesday at 6:11 PM

SI's David Alter joins the show to discuss the goaltender's play as of late, the reunited core four up front, the reset for the Leafs in the middle of the season, what the fourth line's identity could be, who the team could go after at the deadline and mic'ing up Matthews on the TNT games.


McKenna: Samsonov has to prove he can play in the playoffs
Last Tuesday at 7:55 PM

Former goalie and current Daily Faceoff NHL analyst Mike McKenna joins Julia and Al’s Brother to discuss how all the fallout from the Vancouver Canucks may affect the way players regard the organization, why it is no longer as desirable a destination, the swagger Ilya Samsonov is playing with and how both him and Matt Murray still have something to prove.


Leafs Lunch: January 24, 2023 - Hour 2
Last Tuesday at 7:11 PM

In the second hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano talk to Daily Faceoff NHL analyst Mike McKenna about Ilya Samsonov taking control of the starter's role in net for the Leafs and the fallout in Vancouver. Then Julia and Al's Brother play another edition of "Good Call, Bad Call".


Dreger on if Samsonov would be a priority for Leafs to re-sign
Last Tuesday at 6:48 PM

TSN Insider Darren Dreger joins Leafs Lunch to discuss why it was the right time for Keefe to reunite Matthews-Marner and Tavares-Nylander, if the Leafs would make it a priority to re-sign Ilya Samsonov and if the Leafs would be willing to part with top assets for an impact player deadline.


Leafs Lunch: January 24, 2023 - Hour 1
Last Tuesday at 6:12 PM

In the first hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano decide on what they'd like to stay and what needs to go from the Leafs' win against the Islanders. Then Julia and Al's Brother are joined by TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger to discuss the growth and maturity of the Leafs as well as Sheldon Keefe behind the bench.


Lalji: It's not that he got fired, it's how he got fired
Last Monday at 9:04 PM

TSN Vancouver reporter Farhan Lalji joins Julia and Al's Brother to discuss the optics of the Bruce Boudreau firing, the reaction from the players, the mixed messaging from management and how much the way this has played out hurts the image of the Canucks.


Smith-Pelly on Boudreau: He made coming to the rink more enjoyable
Last Monday at 8:40 PM

Former NHLer and Stanley Cup Champion Devante Smith-Pelly joins Julia and Al's Brother to tall about what Bruce Boudreau was like as a coach and the impact he had on his own playing career in the wake of his firing in Vancouver.


Johnson: Samsonov has taken the opportunity and run with it
Last Monday at 7:27 PM

TSN Hockey Analyst Mike Johnson joins Julia and Al's Brother to talk about Samsonov getting his third straight start, Morgan Rielly's improved play starting with his skating, why he thinks a player like Scott Mayfield would be a good fit for the Leafs and Bruce Boudreau's exit in Vancouver.


Leafs Lunch: January 23, 2023 - Hour 2
Last Monday at 7:02 PM

In the second hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano are joined by Devante Smith-Pelly in-studio to discuss what it was like playing for Bruce Boudreau and what made him a players' coach. Then Julia and Al's Brother take a look at what's going on in the group chats of Leafs Nation.


Leafs Lunch: January 23, 2023 - Hour 1
Last Monday at 6:10 PM

In the first hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano are joined by TSN hockey analyst Mike Johnson to get his thoughts on Ilya Samsonov making his third-straight start in net as the Leafs play the Islanders tonight. Then Julia and Al's Brother dive into Bruce Boudreau's firing with TSN Canucks Reporter Farhan Lalji.


Lalonde speaks on the 'buy-in' from players during the 're-tool' phase in Montreal
01/20/2023

TSN Montreal reporter Kenzie Lalonde joins Julia and Al’s Brother to chat about the Habs’ season ahead of their match-up against the Leafs, the buy-in from the players on trusting the process during their ‘re-tooling’ phase, and the 14-year old Nela Lopusanova who dominated the Women’s U18’s.


Leafs Lunch: January 20, 2023 - Hour 2
01/20/2023

In the second hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano talk to TSN.ca hockey analytics writer Travis Yost about the value that Rasmus Sandin and Timothy Liljegren are providing to the Leafs' blue line. Then Julia and Al's Brother are joined by TSN Canadiens reporter Kenzie Lalonde to preview Saturday's matchup between the Leafs and Habs.


Yost on Liljegren and Sandin's value to the Leafs and his gripe with the NHL playoff format
01/20/2023

TSN analytics writer Travis Yost joins Julia and Al’s Brother to talk about the value the Leafs are getting from their young defencemen in Liljegren and Sandin, how the organization has drafted and developed them well, how he expects them to be used in the postseason and why he has a beef with the NHL’s playoff format.


Leafs Lunch: January 20, 2023 - Hour 1
01/20/2023

In the first hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano are joined by TSN hockey insider Chris Johnston to discuss whether last night was an indication of Auston Matthews returning to his old scoring form. Then Julia and Al's Brother decide on what they'd like to stay and what needs to go from the Leafs' win over the Jets.


Johnston on if there’s another gear Leafs can get to with ‘vintage’ looking Matthews back?
01/20/2023

TSN Hockey Insider Chris Johnston talks about Auston Matthews heating up and looking more like his old self with the way he is scoring lately, if he thinks Sheldon Keefe will ride the hot hand and start Ilya Samsonov against Montreal and the latest on Jake Muzzin.


Leafs Lunch: January 19, 2023 - Hour 2
01/19/2023

In the second hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano are joined by TSN Jets analyst Kevin Sawyer to discuss how head coach Rick Bowness' has impacted the team. Then Julia and Al's Brother rank their final three All-Star selections in this week's Thursday Three-Pack.


Sawyer on how Bowness’ off-ice impact has been critical to the Jets success
01/19/2023

Former NHLer and TSN Jets colour analyst Kevin Sawyer joins Julia and Al’s Brother to talk about why he thinks the Leafs-Jets game has the potential be an intense and physical affair, how Rick Bowness has changed the Jets’ culture, Josh Morrissey’s Norris-calibre season, and what type of player the Jets could target before the deadline.


Leafs Lunch: January 19, 2023 - Hour 1
01/19/2023

In the first hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano are joined by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button to discuss whether the Jets or Leafs are in a better position to have a long playoff run. Then Julia and Al's Brother share their thoughts on Jonas Siegel's top 10 trade targets for the Leafs heading into the deadline.


Button shares which player he thinks could be an ideal target for the Leafs
01/19/2023

TSN Hockey Analyst Craig Button joins Julia and Al’s Brother to talk about the Jets turnaround under Rick Bowness, which team is better built to have success in the playoffs between the Leafs and Jets, and why he thinks a player like Lawson Crouse could be a good deadline add for the Leafs.


Shilton on Leafs’ goalie tandem: They have a real genuine relationship and partnership
01/18/2023

ESPN NHL reporter Kristen Shilton joins Julia and Al’s Brother to discuss what she learned about Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov after her interview with them, what their relationship is like off the ice, and the Leafs' culture.


Bowen: Really impressed with Nylander’s work ethic and desire to stick his nose in the dirty areas of the game
01/18/2023

Voice of the Maple Leafs Joe Bowen joins Julia and Al’s Brother to talk about the officiating in the Leafs-Panthers game, if pulling Matt Murray was a turning point in the game, Bunting sticking up for Matthews and why he thinks Matthews’ overall play this year is better than last season.


Leafs Lunch: Stay or Go
01/18/2023

Julia and Al's Brother share their stays and gos from last night's wild 5-4 OT win over the Panthers, including the Leafs sticking up for each other and willingness to be physical.


Leafs Lunch: January 18, 2023 - Hour 2
01/18/2023

In the second hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano play another edition of "Word Association Wednesday". Then Julia and Al's Brother are joined by ESPN NHL reporter Kristen Shilton to discuss her feature on the Maple Leafs goalie tandem and how she would describe Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov.


Leafs Lunch: January 18, 2023 - Hour 1
01/18/2023

In the first hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano determine what they'd like to stay and what needs to go from the Leafs' win over the Panthers. Then Julia and Al's Brother are joined by TSN 1050 Maple Leafs play-by-play voice Joe Bowen to discuss his biggest takeaways from the Leafs' comeback against the Panthers.


Masters on how big of a factor Tkachuk will be against the Leafs
01/17/2023

TSN Leafs reporter Mark Masters joins Julia and Al’s Brother from morning skate to look ahead to the Leafs game against the Panthers and discuss Nick Robertson’s future after his latest injury setback.


Jovanovski on Panthers: You’re starting to see belief in the group
01/17/2023

Former Panthers defenceman and current analyst Ed Jovanovski joins Julia and Al’s Brother to talk about the Panthers’ fighting for a playoff spot and the disappointing start to their season, what Matthew Tkachuk has brought to the Panthers, Morgan Rielly’s struggles and how he would manage the ups and downs of a season when he played.


Leafs Lunch: January 17, 2023 - Hour 2
01/17/2023

In the second hour of the show, Julia Tocheri and Mike DiStefano are joined by TSN Maple Leafs reporter Mark Masters live at Scotiabank Arena for an update from Leafs' morning skate. Then Julia and Al's Brother play another edition of "On the Clock".