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31 Thoughts: The Podcast

31 Thoughts: The Podcast

Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman talk to a lot of people around the hockey world, and then they tell listeners all about what they?ve heard and what they think about it. Plus, look for bonus episodes featuring interviews with personalities in the game or famous fans.


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Who is Buying, Selling, or Staying ft. Chris Johnston

The Vancouver Canucks have 16 players and 3 coaches on the NHLs COVID-19 protocol list. Jeff and Elliotte provide an update on the situation in the Lower Mainland (00:01) and discuss possible outcomes from this including the potential of a playoff bubble and how it might affect the North Division for the remainder of the [?]
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Philadelphia Cheesed

The Flyers have some serious decisions to make over the coming months. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the situation in Philadelphia as the team goes through a difficult stretch (00:02), who might be available for the expansion draft, why Shayne Gostisbehere was waived, and how they might approach the trade deadline. They also chat about the [?]
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Peeling Back the Layers

Veteran referee Tim Peel ?no longer will be working NHL games now or in the future? according to the NHL after his hot mic incident. Jeff and Elliotte discuss how quickly the league made their decision (00:00), if the punishment was too harsh, the impact the incident could have on the league?s business model as [?]
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The State of Women?s Hockey

The National Women?s Hockey League is set to return to play this weekend in Massachusetts to give out the Isobel Cup to one of the four remaining teams. Marisa Ingemi of NBC Sports and Sportsnet joins the podcast to talk about the leagues return to play, the relationship between the NWHL and PWHPA, the NHLs [?]
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News & Notes plus Anton Forsberg’s Amazing Odyssey

Jeff joined the Hockey Night in Canada crew for his first in-arena game in over 14 months. He tells Elliotte about his experience in Montreal (00:00) and what surprised him most about being back in an NHL rink. They also break down what they?ve heard from around the league including teams to keep an eye [?]
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?Crossroads? With Kaleb Dahlgren

The Buffalo Sabres have parted ways with head coach Ralph Krueger. Jeff and Elliotte discuss why the team made the move (00:01), question if Zoom media availabilities add to the negativity around the club, which players are untouchable going into the trade deadline, and if the new coaching staff can help Rasmus Dahlin get out [?]
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Join Elliotte On His Drive Home

Following the Maple Leafs-Senators game on Sunday night, Elliotte called Jeff on his way home from the studio to talk some hockey. Here?s their conversation. Some of the topics that were discussed ? Joey Daccord?s memorable night in Ottawa (00:00), the struggles in Toronto (7:30), why Nashville will be the team to watch as the [?]
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ESPN And The Future Of The NHL

The NHL has found its (back-to-the-future) broadcast partner in the United States. Jeff and Elliotte discuss why ESPN was the league?s top choice (13:10), what it means for NHL finances and what it?s like when a broadcaster loses its rights. They also break down the Bill Daly and Gary Bettman virtual media conference (2:00), offer [?]
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Tom Wilson And A New Era For Women?s Hockey

Tom Wilson is suspended seven games for his hit on Brandon Carlo. Jeff and Elliotte break down the decision (00:00) and wonder if the number of games would have been different if Wilson wasn?t involved. They then chat about Jim Benning?s Canucks press conference (13:00), the continued struggles in Buffalo (18:00) and answer some #Ask31 [?]
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Remembering Walter

Jeff and Elliotte remember Canada?s hockey dad, Walter Gretzky, who passed away late Thursday night at the age of 82. They also touch on Calgary?s coaching change with Darryl Sutter taking charge (12:00), Trent Frederic?s sneaky toughness (29:30), the hiring of Sean Burke in Montreal (21:00), Jarmo Kekalainen?s confidence in John Tortorella (36:00), the Leafs? [?]
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Sam Gagner: Taking Over the Marlboros with John Tavares

Detroit Red Wings forward Sam Gagner joins Jeff and Elliotte. They discuss why he and fellow Marlboros alumnus John Tavares wanted to get involved in minor hockey, where he was when Elliotte broke the news on Hockey Night in Canada, if he was surprised by the hockey community?s reaction, the types of changes he?d like [?]
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Best Game Ever Last Week

If you didn?t stay up late on Saturday night, you missed an exciting game in San Jose. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the back-and-forth contest between the Blues and Sharks (00:10), Jordan Binnnington?s tantrum and the current state of the St. Louis Blues. They also take your #Ask31 questions throughout the podcast (12:50), talk Nathan MacKinnon (14:20), [?]
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The NHL Draft: What’s Best For The Game

The Canadiens have parted way with head coach Claude Julien and assistant Kirk Muller. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the changes in Montreal (00:00) and what we know about interim head coach Dominique Ducharme. The guys also chat about the 2021 NHL Draft (19:30) and if the date should be moved, an interesting moment from the Kings-Blues game (26:00), the situation [?]
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It’s Good That You Hate Canada. Plus: Turtleneck Tales.

The turtleneck stole the show! Jeff opens the podcast asking Elliotte about his Hockey Night in Canada fashion choice (00:00), the inspiration behind it and the reaction on social media. They also talk hockey ? the pair of games in Lake Tahoe (23:00), Sidney Crosby and Travis Zajac playing in their 1000th games (30:30), the [?]
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What?s Going On Off The Ice In Arizona?

Jeff and Elliotte discuss Katie Strang?s investigation into the Arizona Coyotes? alleged business practices and internal workings (00:00) and what they have been hearing. They also touch on Connor McDavid hitting 500 points (18:00), Elliotte?s mystery player (31:20), potential moves in Nashville (35:00), Florida?s strong start (37:00), another PWHPA partnership (42:00) and much more.  Then [?]
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Tavares And Gagner: NHL Players And Minor Hockey Owners

John Tavares and Sam Gagner will operate the Toronto Marlboros minor-hockey club. Jeff and Elliotte explain why the pair were interested in the team (00:00), how it will work and why this is good for the Greater Toronto Hockey League. They also discuss the surprising Chicago Blackhawks (19:00), the struggling Predators (23:30), Francesco Aquilini?s tweet supporting his [?]
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We Texted WWE Superstar Edge… And Here We Are 

The Royal Rumble champion, Adam Copeland a.k.a. Edge, joins Jeff and Elliotte to chat about his Toronto Maple Leafs fandom, his memorabilia collection, Sidney Crosby?s golden goal in 2010, falling in love with wrestling, returning from rehab and much more.  Music Outro: The Zolas ? I Feel The Transition Find more music by The Zolas here [?]
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Bye Bye, Burkie

Brian Burke is joining the Pittsburgh Penguins as their President of Hockey Operations. But before he goes, he joins Jeff and Elliotte to chat about why he decided to get back into an executive position, how the deal came together, what he likes about the organization, the message from ownership and much more.  This podcast [?]
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When You Mess Up, Fess Up And Dress Up

An offside controversy clouded Carolina?s win over the Blue Jackets Sunday. Jeff and Elliotte break down the situation (00:00), where the league went wrong and discuss if a rule change is needed. They also examine the struggling Canucks (20:30 & 38:00), McDavid and Draisaitl?s ice time (33:00), the injury to Wayne Simmonds (34:00), the talks around [?]
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Our COVID Reality

The NHL is reacting quickly to its COVID-19 outbreak. Jeff and Elliotte discuss (00:00) how the virus is impacting teams, protocols being implemented to prevent further spread and what the league might do with so many games to make up. They also check in on Pittsburgh?s GM search (20:00) and talk about Tony DeAngelo?s time [?]
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Kevin Bieksa On The Road And Tony DeAngelo On Waivers

This podcast took two hours to record as the news continued to trickle in. Jeff and Elliotte on what they were hearing throughout Sunday (00:30) as the New York Rangers placed Tony DeAngelo on waivers. They also discuss trade requests from Sam Bennett (10:30) and Victor Mete (13:45), the search for a GM in Pittsburgh [?]
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Two Shockers: Jim Rutherford And Tim & Sid

After 20 years of entertaining listeners and viewers, Tim & Sid is changing ? Sid is moving on. Jeff and Elliotte are joined by Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro (19:00) to talk about their long-time friendship and work together. Dating back to their days as interns at Headline Sports, then cutting their chops at TheScore with [?]
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Jarmo Kekalainen on the Dubois-Laine Deal

Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen joins Jeff and Elliotte (11:50) to discuss how and when the trade with the Winnipeg Jets came together, why Jack Roslovic was an important piece, the possible misconception about Columbus as an organization and community, and how the club tried to move up in the 2016 draft to select [?]
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What Now For Pierre-Luc Dubois?

Correction: The voice at the start of the podcast is Jody Shelley not John Forslund. Our apologies. Pierre-Luc Dubois played five shifts for a total of 3:55 during Columbus?s overtime loss to Tampa Bay Thursday night. Following the game, Jeff and Elliotte take a stab at figuring out the complex situation (00:00) between the Blue [?]
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Keith Yandle Scored While We Were Recording

Hockey is back and so is the drama. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the situation in Florida between Keith Yandle and the Panthers (00:00), if Pierre-Luc Dubois will be a Blue Jacket by season?s end (16:30), Jakub Voracek?s post-game comments on Friday (27:30), the impressive Minnesota Wild (49:30) and much more. Music Outro: Ten Kills the [?]
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31 Season Previews

The NHL season starts today and Jeff and Elliotte preview it with a thought on each team, a couple things they?ll be keeping their eyes on, Stanley Cup predictions and much more. East Division (00:00) Central Division (27:00) West Division (53:30) North Division (1:14:30) Music Outro: Scenic Route to Alaska ? Call Your Friends We also [?]
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The NHL Adapts On The Fly, Plus Jordan Subban: Hockey Player And Amplifying Entrepreneur

Some NHL training camps aren?t off to a good start thanks to COVID ? the Stars are dealing with an outbreak in their organization and the Blue Jackets have cancelled practice ?out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with NHL Covid-19 protocols.? Jeff and Elliotte discuss how the league will handle the positive cases, if we?ll [?]
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Reporting to Training Camp

Jeff and Elliotte kick off 2021 with a conversation about how some organizations accept losing, what it takes to create a winning culture and how, sometimes, you have to lose to win. They also discuss what the North Division could mean for the NHL from a revenue standpoint, expectations for a pair of Canadian teams, [?]
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Welcome To Our Holiday Party

As 2020 comes to a close (thank goodness), Jeff and Elliotte host their first 31 Thoughts holiday party with friends from the Sportsnet hockey department. David Amber on his 15-year-old skates, an update on hunting season from Louie DeBrusk, Tara Slone reminisces about a sauna experience in Thunder Bay, Christine Simpson shares a story about [?]
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Let?s Make A Deal : The NHL And (Our Interview Guest) Anthony Duclair

Mark your calendars! The NHL season begins January 13 with a 56-game regular season that concludes May 8. Jeff and Elliotte discuss all the details, including unlimited goalies at training camp, possible locations for teams and more. The guys also chat with newly signed Florida Panther Anthony Duclair about why he chose not to have [?]
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Tyler Seguin: All Business

Tyler Seguin has had a busy off-season rehabbing a torn labrum in Dallas. But while on the couch, he?s found time to build out his lifestyle brand, NINE ONE and do a photo shoot for his new favourite fragrance.  Seguin joins the guys to discuss why he?s decided to focus on off-ice business interests, how his [?]
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The NHL Inches Closer To A Return

The league and the NHLPA are getting their pucks in a row for a return. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the long-term effects of the CBA, possible target dates, division realignment and ads on helmets. They are also joined by newly hired Florida Panthers goaltending consultant François Allaire, who talks about his role, how it came [?]
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Rick Vaive: On Hockey And Life

?Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life? is a new book by Rick Vaive with Scott Morrison.  Rick joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about his new book, the Birmingham Bulls, playing with Bill Derlago, being the first Leaf to score 50 goals, Harold Ballard as an owner, coaches he enjoyed playing for, [?]
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What We Could See During The 2021 Season That We?ve Never Seen Before

Jeff and Elliotte offer some updates on the NHL?s return, where the owners stand at the moment, salary deferrals and possible tweaks to the 2021 season like taxi squads, ads on jerseys, expanded playoffs and a shortened training camp/pre-season.  RIP Fred Sasakamoose This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by [?]
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Mark Guy: From The Hockey Industry To The Auto Industry

Mark Guy has been an NHL agent with Newport Sports Management for more than 20 years. He?s represented big names like Steven Stamkos, Alex Pieterangelo, Bo Horvat, Travis Konecny, Tom Wilson, and the Subban and Strome brothers. But now he?s getting out.  Mark joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about why he decided to leave the [?]
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Quick Check In

Talks around the 2021 NHL season are heating up. Jeff and Elliotte break down what they?ve heard regarding start and end dates, fans in the stands, sponsorship and the negotiation between the league and its players. This episode is dedicated to the late Erin Paul. Our condolences to her family and friends. This podcast is [?]
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Stan Bowman: A Change In Approach, Not A Change In Direction

The Chicago Blackhawks GM joins Jeff and Elliotte for a wide-ranging discussion. They talk about being transparent with the fanbase, building from within rather than through free agency, playing youth over veterans, how management approached the Jonathan Toews comments, the challenges he faces as a GM during the pandemic and much more. Letter to their [?]
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Adam Oates: Get The Toys Off The Ice

The Hockey Hall of Famer and skills coach joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about the types of drills that frustrate him and what coaches should focus on when designing practices before offering some creative pointers. They also discuss coaching during the pandemic, some of the challenges around travel and the approach he has when [?]
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Jamie Bozzo: Managing Players? Careers

Sports Professional Management Inc. represents some big names in hockey, including William Nylander, Johnny Gaudreau, Torey Krug and Brandon Saad, and has a total value of active contracts that exceeds $222 million. Jamie Bozzo handles client relationships for SPM, dealing with players and their families on all kinds of specialized scenarios. She joins Jeff and [?]
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There Was Alcohol Involved

After the longest NHL season ever, a few drinks are deserved all around as Jeff and Elliotte run down the past week in the NHL. Vegas landed the biggest free-agency fish in Alex Pietrangelo (00:01), to the displeasure of some Golden Knights players and their agents. The Canucks added Nate Schmidt (28:30), but only after [?]
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Emptying Out The Notebook

Jeff and Elliotte look at all 31 teams and discuss what their goals should be for the off-season (Atlantic ? 34:15; Metropolitan ? 47:30; Central ? 1:05:30; Pacific ? 1:17:45). But before doing that, they kick things off with a Word Association built specifically to challenge Elliotte, discuss Tampa?s tough road to the Stanley Cup [?]
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Hart vs. Lindsay

While the Stanley Cup Final rages, Jeff and Elliotte look off the ice, starting with Word Association. The Awards have been, well, awarded. Leon Draisatl locked up the Art Ross in March and then won the Hart Trophy in September. But the Ted Lindsay means more (18:00). In Ottawa, veterans are leaving, what does it [?]
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Peter Laviolette And Moves Being Made Around The NHL

The tradition continues with Word Association before Jeff and Elliotte dive into the latest news (there?s a lot) and speak with new Capitals coach Peter Laviolette. In coaching news, Rick Bowness is getting all the love thanks to getting a shot at the Cup with the Stars, the Flames removed the interim tag from Geoff [?]
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So, You Lost. What Now?

Jeff and Elliotte take a look at the off-seasons for the four teams that lost in Round 2 of the playoffs. Will the Bruins add scoring? What will they do with their blue line? Did the Flyers run out of gas? Will Jake Virtanen be back in Vancouver? Why is Colorado the team to watch? [?]
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A Lot Going On

The sports world stopped last week with many teams choosing not to play in protest of racial inequality. Jeff and Elliotte discuss how August 26th played out from the NHL?s perspective, the players coming together the following day in unity, the impact of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and the emotional message Ryan Reaves shared with the Hockey Night in [?]
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Dale Hawerchuk Through The Eyes Of His Sons

Eric and Ben Hawerchuk join Jeff and Elliotte to reminisce about their late father, Dale. They discuss the impact he had on them, his family and the game of hockey, and discuss the work he did off the ice to help others through his charity, Hawerchuk Strong, which continues to raise awareness and support for causes important to Dale and his family. Visit to [?]
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Brendan Morrison

The former NHLer talks quarantine beards, playing with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, favourite West Coast Express memory, his connection to Happy Gilmore and shares a couple of contract dispute stories about two well-known general managers. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Audio Credits: [?]
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Where Do The Maple Leafs Go From Here?

Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with a post-mortem on the Maple Leafs. What roster changes could be made? Are there trade talks around Mitch Marner? Will Frederik Andersen be extended? Is there room for Joe Thornton on the team and Bruce Boudreau behind the bench?  They then share their thoughts on how to make [?]
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Ben Cooper

He is the head coach of the Herning Blue Fox in Denmark, was the video coach for the gold-medal winning Canadian men?s team at the 2010 Vancouver Games and in the NHL with the Canucks and Panthers. Cooper joins Jeff and Elliotte to talk about his time with the Olympic team, what he learned from Mike [?]
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Pre-Playoff Beard Edition

Jeff and Elliotte break down the John Chayka situation in Arizona and discuss Mike Babcock finding a new role in college hockey, their thoughts on the pre-season and the public?s reaction to the beard. Then they are joined by two guests. Bruce Boudreau talks about some of his favourite rinks growing up in Toronto, early [?]
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