31 Thoughts: The Podcast

31 Thoughts: The Podcast 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.

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 […]...

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 […]...

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 […]...


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? […]...

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 […]...

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 https://hawerchukstrong.com/ to […]...


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: […]...

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: […]...

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 […]...


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 […]...

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 […]...

Building the NHL’s Bubbles
Jeff and Elliotte start the show talking about how important Seattle is to the NHL, what makes the Kraken different from other expansion franchises and what a flat cap will mean for Season 1. Then Steve Mayer, the NHL’s Chief Content Officer, is back on the pod to discuss NHL bubbles. The three talk arena […]...


The Best McDavid Yet?
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off discussing a number of topics: the situation surrounding Taylor Hall and the Coyotes, questions ahead of teams arriving in Toronto and Edmonton, if the playoffs will give us the best version of Connor McDavid yet, Sean Day signing with the Lightning, Alex Kovalev coaching in the KHL and are joined […]...

We’re Back!
Jeff and Elliotte get back into their home studios for a marathon episode covering all sorts of topics after a couple of podcast-free weeks. They discuss the new NHL CBA, the negotiation process, what a flat cap will mean for teams across the league and recent COVID-19 comments by Jonathan Toews. Then they shift to […]...

Draft Lottery Special
No placeholders here. Jeff and Elliotte take it late into the night following the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, breaking down what it means for the league that there is no winner yet and which teams are riding high or wishing for different results. Then, they are joined by three guests. Find out how happy L.A. […]...


Rainbow Stripes
The pod kicks off with Week 2 of listener-submitted Word Association for Elliotte, who also has an update on New Jersey’s coaching search. He and Jeff discuss the CHL lawsuit, if the culture within major junior hockey has improved and the financial implications of the case and COVID-19 for the league.  Dan Paille joins the podcast […]...

How To Best Set Up An NHL Bubble
Zachary Binney, PhD is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor of Quantitative Theory and Methods at Oxford College of Emory University. He joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss what the NHL should look for when setting up bubbles, areas of concern, saliva test versus swab tests, when fans will return to sporting events and if leagues should change […]...

Buffaloed
Less than a month after ownership publicly supported Jason Botterill, the Sabres GM is out. So are his assistants, the AHL coaches and more than half the club’s scouting staff. Jeff and Elliotte discuss what happened, why so many changes and where the team goes from here. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC […]...


“What It’s Like To Skate In Our Boots”
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with word association, take some #Ask31 questions and finish it off with a surprise. Then, they are joined by two guests.  Cincinnati Cyclones assistant coach Jason Payne talks about his lengthy hockey journey, his thoughts on what can be done to see more diversity behind the bench, racism he experienced during […]...

Jarome Iginla and Connor Brown
The future Hall-of-Famer joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss protests in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd, the types of conversations he and his wife are having with their kids, his experiences with injustice growing up, and his thoughts on NHL players using their voices to call out systemic racism. They also talk […]...

“A Long Way To Go With Uncomfortable Conversations”
“This moment has to lead to action,” says Kim Davis, the NHL’s executive vice president for social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs. She joins Jeff and Elliotte for a wide-ranging discussion that couldn’t be more timely. They discuss player activism and the role of social media, what it means to leverage your privilege as an ally, how the […]...


How The NHL Will Look On TV When Play Resumes
Word association kicks things off (there’s a theme) before Jeff and Elliotte address the backlash against Carolina’s Jordan Martinook and Tampa’s Alex Killorn, whose teams voted against the 24-team return-to-play format. Then they dive into some #Ask31 questions and are joined by three guests. Sherali Najak is a long-time Hockey Night in Canada producer and Kyle Bukauskas is an […]...

BREAKING: Plans are in place. More details to come.
On a news-heavy episode, Gary Bettman outlines plans for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Draft Lottery, but things remain in flux. Jeff and Elliotte discuss. How does the U.S.-Canada border impact things? Will there be exhibition games? What about expanded rosters and timelines for more information from the league? Who wins the Art Ross Trophy? […]...

Hockey In The USA
Jeff and Elliotte discuss Matt Duchene’s comments about a return to play, potential playoff formats, possible hub cities, the draft, the lawsuit against the CHL, and play a little word association. Then they are joined by two guests. Nate Thompson talks about staying mentally strong and surrounding himself with people who support him, playing in Canada […]...


The Future Of The AHL
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off discussing something of a newsy week. Leagues are planning their return or beginning to trickle back, but where is the NHL in all of this? Free agency will happen at some point, and Canucks director of amateur scouting Judd Brackett might be the most sought-after name on the market. […]...

Superstars, Heroics, Goalie Fights and More
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with the return of Word Association, discuss the latest on plans to get back on the ice and the draft, and Jaroslav Halak’s one-year extension with the Bruins. Then are joined by three guests. Brenden Dillon talks about the evolution of his career, playing alongside superstars like Joe Thornton and Alex Ovechkin and his involvement with the Hockey Education Reaching Out […]...

Taking Justin Bieber To School
After overseeing a renaissance in Chicago, John McDonough is out as Blackhawks president, so who could take his place? Jeff and Elliotte discuss that, plans for the NHL’s return to play and more before getting to a trio of guests. Jake Muzzin talks about signing long-term in Toronto, being a veteran on a young Maple […]...


Planning For The Future
Jeff and Elliotte discuss a whole bunch of things, including the NHL Draft, the 2020-21 AHL season, the 2021 Memorial Cup, Kris Versteeg’s career, Dustin Byfuglien and a new hire by the Senators.  Then they are joined by a trio of guests. Jason Spezza discusses how the Maple Leafs were playing when the season was […]...

From The Blue Line To The Front Line
The show begins with Jeff and Elliotte talking to Edmonton Oilers Assistant GM Keith Gretzky about the life of Colby Cave. Colby Cave Memorial Fund Then they are joined by Craig Donaldson. For three straight years, he led the Oshawa Generals in defencemen scoring, culminating in a Memorial Cup in 1990 alongside a 17-year-old Eric […]...

Brooks Laich
The former NHLer and current co-owner of Open Gym joins Jeff and Elliotte for a conversation about the importance of physical health during the pandemic. He also talks about his friendship with Alex Ovechkin and their battles during international tournaments, how his grandfather tried out for almost Maple Leafs and almost made it, his interesting connection to […]...


Introducing Sports On Pause
Listen to Sports On Pause at https://sprtsnt.ca/3e7nTAZ or search and subscribe in your podcatcher. COVID-19 is impacting the world unlike anything we’ve seen in 100 years, and sports has not escaped its effects. The newest podcast from Sportsnet features hosts Richard Deitsch and Donnovan Bennett in conversation with athletes and executives, health professionals and journalists […]...

How The Red Wings Almost Had Sergei Fedorov And Pavel Bure
Jeff and Elliotte talk about life at home during physical isolation, the potential of the NHL season resuming in low-population sites and what other leagues are proposing to get back in action. They’re also joined by a trio of guests. Oilers GM Ken Holland discusses planning for an off-season with the regular season and playoffs […]...

High Performers… Off And On The Ice
High-performance psychologist and host of the podcast Finding Mastery, Michael Gervais, joins the show to discuss mental fitness and coping with these challenging times. Jeff and Elliotte also highlight hockey companies helping with the pandemic, what players are saying in their video meet ups and the best team to not win a cup in the 2010s. Presumptive […]...


Hal Gill
The former NHL defenceman turned broadcaster has played in over 1,000 NHL games and won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Gill joined Jeff and Elliotte (on March 11) to talk about his defensive style of play, being mentally strong, playing with Sidney Crosby, celebrating with Mario Lemieux after they won the Stanley Cup, […]...

What NHL GMs Are Talking About
Jeff and Elliotte discuss a recent conference call between the NHL’s GMs and what came of it. They also talk about players who might have gone home to Europe and the cancellations of the CHL playoffs and Memorial Cup.  Plus, Caroline Cameron and Louie DeBrusk with the latest on their ukulele lessons and Peloton sessions. […]...

Welcome To Our New World
Jeff and Elliotte are at home, but they’re talking… and listening. The guys debut a new game (courtesy a fan) and then discuss escrow, a late-start season format, their favourite games and answer #ASK31 questions. Plus, ECHL commissioner Ryan Crelin on cancelling a season and how his league is trying to help its players.  31 Thoughts: […]...


What Happened? What Now? What’s Next?
Every major team sport has suspended play. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the craziest day of the professional careers, what it was like to be on the air as news was breaking and why this could be a good opportunity for the NHL to get creative — Elliotte has an idea. They also discuss Elliotte’s conversation with […]...

Sudarshan “Sudsie” Maharaj
You may not know his name, but you know his work and should know his story. Sudarshan Maharaj moved to Canada from Trinidad when he was six and fell in love with hockey. He became a goalie, eventually winning a national championship with York University and playing pro in Sweden. Maharaj spent eight seasons with […]...

Mike Sullivan
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ head coach has seen a lot through his 12 seasons as a pro player and 14 more on coaching staffs in the AHL and NHL. For the past five he’s led a team with two of the greatest players in league history, winning two Stanley Cups and working with a roster regularly […]...


Travis Green
The Vancouver Canucks head coach was a first-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 1989 and spent 14 seasons in the NHL with five teams. After his playing days he turned to coaching, rising through the ranks before being hired in 2017 as the bench boss in his home province. Travis Green joined […]...

Travis Green
The Vancouver Canucks head coach was a first round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 1989 and spent 14 seasons in the NHL with five teams. After his playing days, he turned to coaching rising through the ranks before being hired in 2017 as the bench boss in his home province. Travis Green […]...

A Short History Of The EBUG
David Ayres beating the Maple Leafs is the story of the season so far and Elliotte takes listeners behind the scenes of Hockey Night in Canada as the saga unfolded. Jeff geeks out on the history of emergency backup goalies and the guys discuss the EBUG policy in general. They are also joined by Sarah Ayres, who […]...


Rick Bowness
He’s been behind an NHL bench for 35 seasons, including 29 consecutive. He also spent five more as a head coach in the AHL, including one while he was still a player. All that after nearly a decade as a pro on the ice. Rick Bowness has seen a lot in hockey. The 65-year-old joins […]...

31 Teams. 31 Thoughts. 31 Trades?
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the deals that have gone down, and all the deadlines deals that could go down… or not. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca.  Music Outro: Fade Awaays – She Don’t Know Why We also featured […]...

Keith Yandle
Keith Yandle is a lover of Broadway shows and Reality TV. His ironman streak is impressive, but maybe not as impressive as his room-service streak. He’s got a serious work ethic, but doesn’t take his equipment as seriously as some teammates. And he’d love to get a real good state rivalry going. The Florida Panthers […]...


Keith Yandle
Keith Yandle is a lover of Broadway shows and Reality TV. His ironman streak is impressive, but maybe not as impressive as his room-service streak. He’s got a serious work ethic, but doesn’t take his equipment as seriously as some teammates. And he’d love to get a real good state rivalry going. The Florida Panthers […]...

It’s Good To Be A Pens Fan
Jim Rutherford has done it again — one of the first in on deadline targets. Jeff and Elliotte break down the move for Jason Zucker and discuss what the trade means for Minnesota. They also talk about the conundrum in the Big Apple around goalies and how the Rangers move forward, Paul Maurice’s extension, the […]...

Maple Leafs Make A Trade
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off by breaking down the Maple Leafs’ late-night trade with the Los Angeles Kings. Then they discuss the NHL’s investigation into the Arizona Coyotes tampering with draft-eligible players, what’s next for Dustin Byfuglien and the Jets, and Alex Ovechkin’s chase of Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal record. They also talk about […]...


Eddie Olczyk
He played 1,031 NHL games over 16 years and coached for two more before being inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012. He’s now an analyst for Chicago Blackhawks games and has occasionally called thoroughbred racing for NBC as well. But Eddie Olczyk’s story isn’t all sports, he’s also a family man […]...

Hockey Day, St. Louis And The Blues
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the Battle of Alberta and everything from All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, including tweaks they’d like to see. Then they make an easy segue into discussing the Blues as a strong candidate to repeat, what they need to add to get there and Alex Pietrangelo’s future.  Then they are joined by […]...

Brad Treliving
Calgary’s GM sits down with Elliotte to discuss all things Flames, including his handling of the Bill Peters situation, Matthew Tkachuk vs. Zack Kassian, what he likes about the team this season and assistant GM Chris Snow’s battle with ALS. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek […]...


Inside Connor McDavid’s rehab program
Jeff and Elliotte kick things off with the Blackhawks. After 1,000 points, where does Pat Kane fit in the Hawks hierarchy and what will Chicago do following the All-Star break? Then they look around the league at Montreal’s future moves, the big plans in the Big Apple and more, and talk some stick tech. Then […]...

Ahron Cohen
Ahron Cohen is the President and CEO of the Arizona Coyotes. Elliotte caught up with the 35-year-old at the Ivey Sports Leadership Conference at Western University’s Ivey Business School in London, Ont. Their wide-ranging conversation includes Cohen’s story and offers an inside look at the Coyotes — where they are, where they’re going and how they’re building a culture […]...

Elliotte Can Walk And Chew Gum At the Same Time
Elliotte bounces between reporter and podcaster while he and Jeff break down what happened with Gerard Gallant and the Golden Knights, Ray Shero and the Devils, and the return of the Battle of Alberta. They also discuss goals (sort of) — namely Alex Ovechkin’s run at history, Pekka Rinne’s career first and Brad Marchand’s shootout […]...


The Goal Heard Round The World
Jeff and Elliotte are back for 2020. They discuss the coaching change in Nashville and what the Predators need to succeed, Connor McDavid’s potential goal of the year, Tampa Bay hitting its stride and what to expect from some high-profile teams as the trade deadline approaches. Then they are joined Theo Fleury to talk about […]...

Dec. 19, 2019: The Taylor Hall Trade Trickle Down
With Taylor Hall now in Arizona, Jeff and Elliotte talk about what the deal means for the Coyotes and Devils, but also the impact it could have on the Pacific Division and beyond as teams respond — or not. They also discuss the Nikita Kucherov being benched, The “Svech” goal becoming a regular occurrence, Thomas […]...

Dec. 12, 2019: Definitely Not The Bored Of Governors Meetings
Jeff and Elliotte discuss coaching changes in Dallas, San Jose and New Jersey, what’s changed in Calgary, news from the Board of Governors meetings, the hottest player in the NHL and much more. Plus, #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional […]...


Dec. 5, 2019: Would You Walk Away From $13 Million?
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the latest out of New Jersey, teams that might be in on Taylor Hall and which other Devils could be on the market. They also address needs in Arizona and Buffalo, how the Canadiens can capitalize on their schedule, the best team in the NHL and much more. Plus #Ask31. Chris Johnston […]...

UPDATE: Bill Peters resigns
Jeff’s in Toronto and Elliotte is in Buffalo, but the news never stops. They connect for a quick update on the Bill Peters resignation announced earlier today and what could be next for the NHL, NHLPA and hockey. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC […]...

Nov. 29, 2019: The End Of A Long Week
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the Bill Peters situation, what the NHL can do to avoid these scenarios in the future and if the Flames will bounce back. Plus, the guys recap the Bruins locking up a couple key pieces, the Canadiens’ struggles and how the Jets have been able to stick around in the Central.  […]...


Nov. 25, 2019: Ron Francis
Jeff and Elliotte talk with the GM of Seattle’s NHL franchise about his role in the organization, embracing the city’s hockey history, the tech community’s involvement in building the arena, mock drafts, analytics, working with Jerry Bruckheimer and hiring a coach. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function […]...

Nov. 21, 2019: Supernova In The Centre Of The Hockey Universe
Mike Babcock is out and Sheldon Keefe is in for the Maple Leafs. Jeff and Elliotte are joined by former Toronto president and GM Brian Burke to talk about how the day played out, the good side of Babcock, how hard it is to win in Toronto and more. But it’s not all about the […]...

Nov. 14, 2019: The Curious Case Of Ilya Kovalchuk
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the situation in L.A. between the Kings and Kovalchuk, the best on-the-fly rebuild in the NHL, high-scoring defencemen, the back-up goalie situation in Toronto and much more. They are also joined by Golden Knights winger Mark Stone who talks about reading the game, playing in Vegas, winning the Selke (or not) […]...


Nov. 12, 2019: Teemu Selanne
The Hockey Hall of Famer joins Jeff and Elliotte to reflect on his 21 seasons in the NHL, including: his love for Winnipeg, his rookie goal-scoring record, joining forces with Paul Kariya in Colorado, winning the Stanley Cup how agent Don Baizley was so important to his career and much more. Selanne has also written […]...

Nov. 7, 2019: When Is A Goal A Goal?
Jeff and Elliotte look at a couple of recent disputed goals: Radek Faska scoring with a broken stick and Charlie Coyle having a marker overturned an off-side challenge. They also discuss Zdeno Chara getting to 1,500 games and the respect Habs fans showed him, Boston’s top-heavy offence, the latest on Dustin Byfuglien and L.A. winger […]...

Nov. 7, 2019: When Is A Goal A Goal?
Jeff and Elliotte look at a couple of recent disputed goals: Radek Faska scoring with a broken stick and Charlie Coyle having a marker overturned an off-side challenge. They also discuss Zdeno Chara getting to 1,500 games and the respect Habs fans showed him, Boston’s top-heavy offence, the latest on Dustin Byfuglien and L.A. winger […]...


Oct. 31, 2019: Wheels Up! The Latest On The Jets.
The news out of Winnipeg is… well, turbulent (sorry). Jeff and Elliotte dive into the work coach Paul Maurice is doing, how Patrik Laine has adapted his game and what the latest Dustin Byfuglien report means for the team. They also look around the NHL and discuss one beauty but potentially illegal goal, the latest […]...

Oct. 24, 2019: What the Maple Leafs can do to right the ship
Jeff and Elliotte discuss Jack Eichel and the Sabres (they’re for real), John Carlson’s run at history, why they’re excited about the Heritage Classic in Regina and what can turn things around in Toronto. That plus much more, including #Ask31.  31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by GMC Sierra trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function […]...

Oct. 22, 2019: CM Punk
CM Punk is best known as a WWE superstar and MMA fighter. But Phil Brooks is a good, old-fashioned Chicago Blackhawks fan. He discusses the Chicago sports scene, his career in the ring and octagon, and much more in this wide-ranging interview. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by […]...


Oct. 17, 2019: Subban, Hall and Hughes are having a Devils of a time
Jeff and Elliotte kick off the show by remembering long-time NHLer, coach and all-around great guy Ted Green, who passed away Oct. 8. Then they cover off a number of topics, including: the bad in New Jersey, the good in Anaheim and great play in Nashville and Carolina. Tara Slone also joins the guys to […]...

Star Series: Sean Couturier, Tomas Hertl, Jaccob Slavin
The final installment of our 2019 Star Series is the family-men episode. Jeff and Elliotte talk to Couturier, Hertl and Slavin about how their lives changed during the off-season (and hockey, too). Couturier and Hertl both got married and answer the question everyone wants to know: Which NHLer indulged the most at the wedding? Slavin […]...

Oct. 10, 2019: The new season (of the pod) officially begins with Nicklas Lidstrom
Season 3 officially begins with a whopper of an episode. Discussion topics include: Tkachuk vs. Doughty, that’s just plain fun; the (so far) lopsided Neal-Lucic trade; ongoing contract talks for big-name D-men; whether the Penguins should hit the reset button; how the Senators could be setting up to be the stars of the 2020 draft; […]...


Star Series: Bo Horvat, Tyson Barrie, Sam Bennett
Jeff and Elliotte are joined by three players from Canadian-based teams. Horvat discusses optimism around the Canucks this season, Elias Pettersson’s otherworldly skills and his memories of the Sedins’ final game. Barrie talks about the differences, on and off the ice, between Colorado and Toronto, his influences and the Jerry Curl mullet he wore as […]...

Oct. 2, 2019: Season Preview Live from Sportsnet Grill
Recorded in front of a live studio audience at Sportsnet Grill, Jeff and Elliotte preview the Eastern and Western Conferences, offer a couple predictions and take questions from the audience. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Trucks, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro Tailgate. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode […]...

Star Series: Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews
Jeff and Elliotte have a co-host this week, super Blackhawks fan Phil Brooks (a.k.a., CM Punk) of WWE and MMA fame. Together they take turns talking to the Hawks stars. DeBrincat discusses having to prove himself at every level and his deadly release. Kane talks about being part of an older team, but not being […]...


Star Series: Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews
Jeff and Elliotte have a co-host this week, super Blackhawks fan Phil Brooks (a.k.a., CM Punk) of WWE and MMA fame. Together they take turns talking to the Hawks stars. DeBrincat discusses having to prove himself at every level and his deadly release. Kane talks about being part of an older team, but not being […]...

Sept. 24, 2019: Live from Saint John
Jeff and Elliotte go down east to join in on the QMJHL Sea Dogs’ 15th anniversary celebrations with a live pod. The guys discuss the NHL getting younger and changing so quickly as well as junior hockey’s importance in Canada. They are also joined by Sea Dogs President and GM Trevor Georgie, top 2020 NHL Draft prospect […]...

Star Series: John Klingberg, Cale Makar, Matt Dumba
Jeff and Elliotte’s player blitz continues with a trio of defencemen from the Central Division. Klingberg talks about his high shots from the point, the importance of winning the Norris and how good Miro Heiskanen is. Makar opens up about being thrown into the fire at the end of the season, Joe Sakic and what […]...


Star Series: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin
Jeff and Elliotte’s NHL Media Tour interviews continue with the two greatest players of their generation. Ovechkin discusses becoming a father, how “goalies are liars” when it comes to his visor and breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record. Crosby talks about being idolized by current players, his thoughts on Evgeni Malkin trade rumours and being […]...

Star Series: Torey Krug, Jack Eichel, Mathew Barzal plus Mitch Marner signs
Jeff and Elliotte are back with more from the NHL’s Media Tour in Chicago. Among the topics discussed are: Krug’s career as an undersized defenceman, Eichel’s expectations for the Sabres, Barzal’s thoughts on people not taking the Islanders seriously last season and much more.  Plus, Jeff and Elliotte go over some news and notes from around […]...

Star Series: Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nikolaj Ehlers
In the first installment of our Star Series segments, Jeff and Elliotte sit down with Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nikolaj Ehlers in Chicago as part of the NHL Media Tour. They discuss a number of items, including: The Rangers’ rebuild, what RNH would like to see from the Oilers and what Ehlers thinks when […]...


Aug. 22, 2019: Steve Mayer
Steve Mayer is the NHL’s Chief Content Officer, in charge of everything from the look and feel of awards shows to programming to future media ventures. Mayer sits down with Jeff and Elliotte for a candid conversation about the past, present and future of the NHL as an off-ice entertainment entity. This episode is produced […]...

Aug. 8, 2019: George Parros
He’s the Head of the NHL’s Player Safety Department, a former big-time enforcer and a Princeton graduate. Parros joins Jeff and Elliotte to reminisce about his senior thesis and playing days, discuss the ins-and-outs of his current role and answer questions like: “Will cowbells ever become a suspendable offence?” 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented […]...

July 25, 2019: Joel Quenneville
The Florida Panthers coach stops by to talk about his team’s off-season moves, how the Cats stack up against the Cup-winning teams he led in Chicago, why so many of his old Hartford Whalers teammates have moved behind the bench and more. [summer tip: listen right till the end of the podcast] 31 Thoughts: The […]...


July 11, 2019: Why Nazem Kadri Vetoed A Trade To Calgary
Jeff and Elliotte tie a bow on the season by running down all the top news of the past few weeks. Topics include: Sebastian Aho’s offer sheet, the latest on Mitch Marner, what Michael Ferland means to Vancouver’s roster, why Florida is now a power in the East, how Kevin Labanc betting on himself has […]...

June 27, 2019: Vancouver Is Making All The News
Roberto Luongo retires and it impacts the Canucks’ cap?! That’s the question many fans were frantically asking themselves. Between that, talks with Tyler Myers and the smart – if risky – pick of Vasili Podkolzin at the draft, Vancouver has been at the centre of lots of big news … and it’s not even July […]...

June 24, 2019: Good Thing The Draft Is Two Days Long
Day 1 of the 2019 NHL Draft was a relatively ho-hum affair, but that all changed on Day 2. Chis Johnston joins Elliotte in Vancouver to discuss the P.K. Subban and Patrick Marleau trades and their ramifications around the league, as well as the latest on Mitch Marner, Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky. […]...


The Season In Sound, 2019
From the first-overall pick last June to the final whistle of the Stanley Cup Final, the 2018-19 NHL season was one of big events, big moves and big news. This special episode of the Tape to Tape podcast relives it all. Subscribe to Tape to Tape for free at Sportsnet.ca/Podcasts. The Season in Sound was […]...

June 4, 2019: Extra! Extra! The coaching carousel continues
Update podcast! Jeff and Elliotte discuss Philadelphia making a move for Kevin Hayes, what this means for the Flyers, and Florida, Chicago and Nashville add to their coaching staffs. Plus, the guys give their thoughts on Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete […]...

June 4, 2019: Things Look Different Now For The Maple Leafs
Mid-way through a sneaky-good Stanley Cup Final Jeff and Elliotte discuss what it all means for the city of St. Louis and the Blues franchise. Then they get into off-ice news with a discussion of Toronto’s potential salary situation and which Leafs centre has been floated as a trade candidate, the latest on Erik Karlsson, […]...


May 30, 2019: David Andrews (The AHL’s Grand Poohbah)
Dave Andrews has been running the second-best hockey league in the world for a quarter century. Now, he’s stepping down as Commissioner of the American Hockey League. He joins Jeff and Elliotte to spin some yarns, discuss how the league has changed over the years, its relationship with the NHL and what advice he has […]...

May 23, 2019: Extra! Extra! Senators and Leafs hire coaches.
Jeff and Elliotte re-group for a quickie episode on the heels of the Senators hiring D.J. Smith from the Maple Leafs to be their head coach and Toronto filling its vacant bench spot with Paul McFarland from Florida. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali, complete with the World’s-First Six-function Multi-Pro […]...

May 23, 2019: And then there were two
What’s next for the Sharks? Why the Blues story are so amazing. The biggest battle of the Stanley Cup Final. And the Oilers, John Davidson, and off-season rules changes. All of that, plus Scott Morrison on the 30th anniversary of the Calgary Flames’ 1989 Cup win and #Ask31. You can find Scott Morrison’s Big Read […]...


May 16, 2019: Connecting the dots between Krueger and Buffalo
The Sabres’ new head coach has spent more time with a big-time soccer club than he has with a big-time hockey club. But Ralph Krueger is less of a risk than many might think. Jeff and Elliotte discuss Buffalo’s hire, the final four in both the NHL and the AHL, offer updates on Ottawa and […]...

May 10, 2019: What does Ken Holland mean for the Oilers?
Jeff and Elliotte discuss Ken Holland’s hiring: Why he wanted to get back into the game, his contract, the Oilers’ goaltending and whether they can contend for the playoffs next season. They also off their thoughts on Colorado’s season, Ben Bishop’s phenomenal playoffs, some off-season trade targets, why Carolina will be a tough out and […]...

May 2, 2019: Will The Penguins Really Move Malkin?
There’s no doubt that GM Jim Rutherford doesn’t like to stand pat, especially after being swept in Round 1. But could the Penguins really be looking at trading Evgeni Malkin? Jeff and Elliotte dive into that possibility, plus the latest out of Leaf Nation, the GM search in Edmonton, P.K. Subban’s future and much more. […]...


April 22, 2019: Paul Bissonnette
He’s a lover, fighter, hockey player and now a member of the media. Paul Bissonnette joins Jeff and Elliotte in-studio to discuss his transition into media, memories from his playing career, toughest/funniest players around the league and finding the Fountain of Youth at Wayne Gretzky’s house. [ – This episode contains expletive language – ] […]...

April 18, 2019: Shocking Sweeps
The Columbus Blue Jackets sweep the Presidents’ Trophy winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Is it the biggest upset in professional hockey history? Is this good for the NHL? What do the Lightning do this off-season? Jeff and Elliotte unpack all this and more from the series that […]...

April 15, 2019: Roster Building With Jason Farris
Whether you’re putting together an NHL team or a fantasy squad- or in Jason Farris’ case, writing a book- constructing a roster is a fascinating exercise. The author, former Dallas Stars Executive VP and self-described hockey nerd, joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss the making of “It Takes 23 To Win” which details the building […]...


April 10, 2019: Luck Of The Devils
Jeff and Elliotte set up shop at the NHL Draft Lottery to talk to some of the GMs on site and discuss the latest news around the league. They kick things off with Florida’s hiring of Joel Quenneville and what it means for the Panthers, look at coaching vacancies in Buffalo, L.A., Philadelphia and Edmonton, […]...

April 4, 2019: The McDavid Fallout
With Edmonton failing to clinch the playoffs (again), Connor McDavid didn’t hold back: “I’m not happy about it. It’s going to be a long summer.” Did the Oilers’ GMs search just become a little more complicated? The CWHL has folded, leaving the NWHL as the lone women’s pro league in North America. But the intrigue […]...

April 4, 2019: The McDavid Fallout
With Edmonton failing to clinch the playoffs (again), Connor McDavid didn't hold back: "I'm not happy about it. It's going to be a long summer." Did the Oilers' GMs search just become a little more complicated? The CWHL has folded, leaving the NWHL as the lone women's pro league in North America. But the intrigue continues around the future of the women's game. Will CWHL players head south of the border? What's next for the NWHL? Will the NHL start a league of its own? And when will any of those scenarios c...

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April 1, 2019: Ryan Strome
The New York Rangers forward is the eldest of three hockey-playing brothers, two of whom are in the NHL now with the youngest about to debut in the AHL. Strome discusses all kinds of things, including playing with and against Connor McDavid, emceeing John Tavares’s wedding, dressing-room gossip and why things have worked out so […]...

March 28, 2019: Fishing For A GM In Edmonton (And More Stuff)
As the season winds down, Jeff and Elliotte take stock of a number of items from around the NHL, including a topic that garnered a lot of feedback for Elliotte this week – the Oilers’ search for a GM and the possibility of Mike Gillis filling the position. Would he be a good fit? That […]...

March 21, 2019: Cracks In The Maple Leafs Armour
With losses piling up and the goals against ballooning recently, Jeff and Elliotte take a look at what’s been going on with the Maple Leafs. Why the downturn? Do they have the roster to win? And are the coach and GM butting heads? The guys also discuss the Canucks’ rebuild, whether to be patient or […]...


March 15, 2019: Recorded In Front Of A Live Studio Audience
Jeff and Elliotte are at the Sportsnet Grill in downtown Toronto for the podcast’s first live event. They start the evening as always by covering all the latest news around the NHL – and then a whole bunch of people just start . . . popping by. First it’s Mikhail Grabovski, who spins some yarns, […]...

March 8, 2019: Cassie Campbell-Pascall On The State Of Women’s Hockey
Jeff and Elliotte are joined by Cassie Campbell-Pascall to talk about her life in the game, including being on the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee and the state of women’s pro hockey in North America. Jeff and Elliotte also discuss news from around the NHL – Guy Boucher out, the Oilers GM search, and […]...

Feb. 28, 2019: The Trade Deadline With John Tortorella
Jeff and Elliotte have a had a few days to gather their thoughts and talk to their contacts following the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, and they drop the knowledge. Then they get to a slew of #Ask31 deadline questions covering topics like deals that fell through, sneaky winners, names who didn’t move that were surprising […]...


Feb. 21, 2019: 31 Thoughts For 31 Teams Ahead Of The Trade Deadline
Jeff and Elliotte run through the entire league ahead of the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline. Highlights include: the Senators, Islanders, Mike Hoffman, the Stanley Cup champs, the Columbus conundrum, stars in Dallas, Wayne Simmonds, Winnipeg, the hottest team in the league, the Leafs, rumours out west and at least 19 more discussion points. 31 Thoughts: […]...

Feb. 14, 2019: Big Game Hunters
In a jam-packed episode, Jeff and Elliotte identify the players in the market as we head into the trade deadline stretch drive. They also discuss Matt Duchene and Mark Stone, Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville, Lou Lamoriello’s secretive Islanders, the Wild and even the Maple Leafs. Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Nate Schmidt then joins the […]...

Feb. 11, 2019: Peter Forsberg and Claude Lemieux
Peter Forsberg and Claude Lemieux combined to win six Stanley Cups, including one as Avalanche teammates in 1996. They join Jeff and Elliotte to announce that they are teaming up again, this time with 4sports & Entertainment, an integrated sports-marketing agency and event-management company. Lemieux has been with 4sports for years and is its President, […]...


Feb. 7, 2019: Now That The Ink Is Dry
Jeff and Elliotte break down what the Auston Matthews contract means for the Maple Leafs, Mitch Marner and the NHL. They also look around the league at all the young stars looking for new deals this summer and discuss the possibility of RFA offer sheets. The guys also check in on the Jets, Flames, Avalanche, […]...

Jan. 31, 2019: The Maple Leafs Break The Ice
Jeff and Elliotte talk Jake Muzzin and what’s next for Toronto, what’s up with Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus, check-in on Ottawa regarding Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, wrap up the All-Star Game and opine on format changes for the skills competition. Then, they are joined by Rikard Gronborg, the head coach of […]...

Jan. 28, 2019: Rick Tocchet
He played more than 1,100 NHL games, scored 440 goals and 952 points, and registered 2,972 penalty minutes. Tocchet was a quintessential power forward during his playing days and is now head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. He joins Jeff and Elliotte in studio to discuss his career, how the game has changed since the […]...


Jan. 24, 2019: In The Land Of Empty Seats And Empty Suites
The coach is gone, the GM is gone and playoff hopes are fading. On the heels of Peter Chiarelli’s dismissal from the Oilers, Jeff and Elliotte break down what has been happening on and off the ice in Edmonton, from signing a goalie one day and dismissing your GM the next, to leadership from ownership, […]...

Jan. 21, 2019: John Chayka
At 29, he’s the NHL’s youngest general manager — and didn’t come by the job in anything approaching the traditional way. Jeff and Elliotte sit down with John Chayka to discuss his road to the Arizona Coyotes, how he values analytics, the moves he’s made, evaluating players from different leagues, the GM that has helped […]...

Jan. 17, 2019: It’s Never Too Early To Talk Trade Deadline
Five weeks out from the trade deadline and moves are already starting to happen. Jeff and Elliotte discuss what the Oilers will do and who is making the final calls in Edmonton, where the Senators are with their pending UFAs, controversy in Colorado and the hottest commodity in the NHL. All of that plus #Ask31 […]...


Jan. 14, 2019: Ryan Johansen
Ryan Johansen is in studio to discuss his feud with Ryan Kesler, his contract dispute with Columbus, when he knew he had arrived as a player, coach Peter Laviolette and much more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Terrain. GMC — we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. This episode is produced and sound […]...

Jan. 10, 2019: Oilers and Penguins and Sharks, Oh My
Ten days into 2019 and there’s so much to discuss. The Oilers’ struggles, the Penguins’ surge, the Sharks’ tenuous UFA situation and the Canucks’ young talent. Plus, which teams will kick-off the trade season and which players will be on the move. All of that, an #Ask31 segment and more. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is […]...

Jan. 7, 2019: Jay Beagle
Veteran centre Jay Beagle reflects on his career, winning titles at every pro level, which coach had the biggest impact on him, why he chose the Canucks as a free agent, playing with super-rookie Elias Pettersson and much more.. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Terrain. GMC — we are professional grade. […]...


Dec. 20, 2018: Roberto Luongo Is Chasing Cups, Not Numbers
The current Panther, former Canuck and Islander stops by the studio to discuss everything from how playing goal has never been harder, memorable moments with Vancouver, whether retirement is on the horizon and much more. Jeff and Elliotte also drill down on what’s happening with the Flyers and answer some #Ask31 questions. 31 Thoughts: The […]...

Dec. 17, 2018: Luc Robitaille
The Los Angeles Kings President, Hall of Famer and highest-scoring left winger in NHL history joins Jeff and Elliotte for a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from his draft day to playing with all-time greats to winning Stanley Cups as a player and an executive to serving a loyal fan base. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is […]...

Dec. 13, 2018: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Jeff and Elliotte look all around the league. What are Alex Ovechkin’s chances of getting to 895 goals? Referee Tim Peel “scored” his first NHL goal and Roberto Luongo took it in stride. Can the Maple Leafs really land Alex Pietrangelo? The Flyers are faltering. The Hawks are nosediving. And the Kings are looking anything […]...


Dec. 10, 2018: Andrew Ference
Andrew Ference played for Pittsburgh, Calgary, Boston and Edmonton during his 15 seasons in the NHL. He joined Jeff and Elliotte in studio to reflect on his career, differences between teams he played for, leadership and the work he’s currently doing for the league. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Terrain. GMC […]...

Dec. 6, 2018: Let’s Get Kraken!
Jeff and Elliotte run the gamut on the 32nd NHL team. What will Seattle do differently than other teams? Are current owners happy? How will it impact West Coast rivalries? What does it mean for Quebec City? And more. A deep dive on Seattle plus, #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC […]...

Dec. 3, 2018: Brian Boyle’s Journey
Jeff and Elliotte are joined by New Jersey Devils centre Brian Boyle. They discuss coaches who have impacted his career, Boyle’s battle with leukaemia and his wife, Lauren’s, work with Hockey Fights Cancer, improving his skating, social media and the Devils this season. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Terrain. GMC — […]...


Nov. 29, 2018: Two Teams Going In Different Directions
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the high-flying Sabres and the best trade of the off-season as well as the housecleaning going on in the Philadelphia Flyers organization. They are also joined by NBCSN analyst and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia colour commentator Keith Jones to dive deeper into the changes in Philly regaining the toughness they once had, […]...

Nov. 22, 2018: Early Changes Behind Benches
Todd McLellan and Mike Yeo are out in Edmonton and St. Louis, what will that mean for those teams? Plus, the Battle of Alberta is back (Big time?) and Buffalo is good again (which makes Jeff and Elliotte happy). The guys are also joined by Stanley Cup Champion and current Blackhawks scout Colin Fraser, who […]...

Nov. 15, 2018: Shark Back In The Water
Tom Wilson is back sooner than expected and making his presence felt with his stick and his fists. The Penguins and Kings get the trade wheel going. And what else can the Kings do? Plus, much more. Player agent and former all-star Mike Liut joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss his WHA and NHL career, […]...


Nov. 12, 2018: An Afternoon With Gary Bettman
In this special episode, Jeff and Elliotte sit down with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss his Hall of Fame induction, the NHL’s growth and future, and family. 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is presented by the GMC Sierra Denali. GMC – we are professional grade. www.gmccanada.ca. Outro Song: Mt. Joy – Sheep Mt. Joy is […]...

Nov. 8, 2018: Ubergate And Hockey Pranks
So. Much. News. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the stories behind coaching changes in Chicago (surprising) and Los Angeles (not so surprising) as well as how a fateful Uber ride for some Ottawa Senators was handled. And Kevin Bieksa talks about dressing-room pranks, concussions, protecting teammates and life away from the game. (But don’t say he’s […]...

Nov. 1, 2018: From Illegal To Legal
Jeff and Elliotte discuss the NHL’s decision to jump into legal gambling and what it could mean for the sport. And Jason Spezza joins the guys in studio to talk about his years of using an illegal stick, playing 1,000 games and his time in Ottawa. That, plus much more and #Ask31. 31 Thoughts: The […]...


Oct. 26, 2018: One Night In Winnipeg
After a difficult couple of days, Jeff is back in the studio and Elliotte is back from Winnipeg. The guys discuss the spectacle that is Jets hockey in Winnipeg and what Patrik Laine’s next contract could look like, plus the growing controversy around goalie equipment and more. Also, Ryan O’Reilly stops by the studio to […]...

Oct. 18, 2018: Marijuana and sports
Jeff and Elliotte discuss Canada’s legalization of marijuana and how it might impact pro sports and larger society, as well as the NHL’s stance on the subject. Former NHLer and co-founder of Athletes For CARE (athletesforcare.org) Riley Cote joins the show to talk about his advocacy for weed and his usage while playing. Also, Connor […]...

Oct. 11, 2018: Personality Test
Jeff and Elliotte discuss young players showing personality and how that helps grow the game, why Brad Marchand went after Lars Eller, Elias Pettersson at No. 1 overall on one team’s draft board, the Calgary Flames’ arena deal, and more. Plus, #Ask31 questions and answers. Also, Daniel Briere is now the VP of Hockey Ops […]...


Oct. 3, 2018: HERE. WE. GO!
With the puck dropping on the 2018-19 season, Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler joins the show to talk about setting a high standard as a player, as well as the team and the city being a landing place. Jeff and Elliotte also remember their favourite years in hockey, discuss news around waiver claims and Tom […]...

Sept. 27, 2018: The Dallas Edition
Jeff and Elliotte are joined by Dallas Stars sniper Tyler Seguin who discusses everything from speaking out about contract negotiations to what he thinks of Jamie Benn, John Klingberg and Radek Faska. Dallas Green of City and Colour fame stops by the studio to talk about hockey fandom, his friendships with NHLers and music. All […]...

Sept. 20, 2018: Back In The Saddle
In the Season 2 premiere, Jeff and Elliotte have a pre-season thought for every NHL team and are joined by Henrik Zetterberg to discuss his decision to retire. The guys also talk about steroids in hockey, discuss the situation in Ottawa and have a few notes for things to look out for with the podcast. […]...


July 5, 2018: Doing Deals With Dubas
Jeff and Elliotte recap NHL free agency and are joined by the biggest winner on July 1, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, who discusses landing John Tavares, keeping the team’s core together and more. Plus, the guys answer your #Ask31 questions and wrap the 2017-18 season....

June 24, 2018: A (Kinda) Quiet Draft In Dallas
In Episode 24, Jeff and Elliotte break down the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft with Nick Kypreos and Sam Cosentino. Sam discusses what surprised him most, Nick tells his “draft story.” Then Jeff and Elliotte provide a few updates following Rounds 2 through 7. Music outro: Shakey Graves – Tin Man...

June 15, 2018: The Fun Begins At No. 3
In Episode 23, NHL Draft guru Sam Cosentino joins Jeff and Elliotte to discuss the 2018 edition and the latest on who will end up where. Plus, Erik Karlsson, Mike Hoffman and the Ottawa Senators, wrapping the Stanley Cup Final, Alex Ovechkin’s well-deserved celebration, and #Ask31. Music outro: Patrick Watson – Step out for a […]...


June 7, 2018: One. Win. Away.
In Episode 22, Elliotte is joined by super sub David Amber ahead of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas. They discuss the series, Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz and Conn Smythe favourites, as well as Lou Lamoriello’s Islanders and what the roster could soon look like. All that plus #Ask31 and much […]...

24 Together: The 1993 Montreal Canadiens
In this special episode, Sportsnet.ca senior writer Ryan Dixon transports listeners back 25 years to relive Montreal’s magical run to the Stanley Cup with a 13-year-old diehard Habs fan and the stars of his favourite team. 31 Thoughts is presented by GMC....

May 29, 2018: What Happens In Vegas…
In Episode 21, Elliotte is live from the Stanley Cup Final in Sin City, where the show has been great on and off the ice. But the Golden Knights and the Capitals aren’t the only teams making news, trade rumours are swirling and the drama continues in Ottawa. Plus, as always, #Ask31....


May 24th, 2018: Put Your Money On Vegas
In Episode 20, Jeff and Elliotte make their picks for the Stanley Cup Final, discuss the front-office machinations of the Maple Leafs, Islanders and Wild, and are joined by Hamilton Bulldogs star and St. Louis Blues first-rounder Robert Thomas from the Mastercard Memorial Cup. Music outro: Band of Rascals – Holler...

May 17, 2018: Kyle Dubas And The Hardest Trophy To Win In Hockey
In Episode 19, Jeff and Elliotte discuss the newest GM of the Maple Leafs and the franchise’s future in the executive suite, preview the 100th Memorial Cup, and highlight junior coaches ready for the NHL. They are also joined by Martin St. Louis, who talks about why teams are better on the road in the […]...

May 10, 2018: Capital(s) Punishment
Episode 18 starts with Capitals play-by-play man John Walton and an ode to the Washington sports scene, which finally has something to get excited about. Then it�s: What now for the Penguins? Why Vegas is winning? And where the Sharks go from here? Plus, hockey licks, the Babcock-Matthews drama and your #Ask31 answers. Music outro: […]...


May 3, 2018: The Pugnacity, Testosterone, Truculence and Belligerence Edition
In Episode 17, Brian Burke joins Jeff and Elliotte for a wide-ranging discussion that includes everything from fighting Kevin Lowe to confirming department of player safety stories, to a mock disciplinary hearing for Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson to receiving death threats. OUTRO Music: The Wooden Sky – Swimming in Strange Waters...

April 27, 2018: Changes Are Coming For The Maple Leafs
In Episode 16, Jeff and Elliotte ponder what the Maple Leafs lineup will look like next season, including in the executive suite. The guys also discuss Paul Fenton, who looks like he’ll finally get his chance at a GM job with the Wild. Plus, Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro is heading to the World Championships […]...

April 21, 2018: New Coach On The Block
In Episode 15, Jeff and Elliotte discuss where former Hurricanes coach Bill Peters might go next, how the Kings and Ducks will approach their off-seasons, and their thoughts on the NHL Awards nominees. Plus, NESN’s Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards joins the show to talk game sheets, Tim Thomas and more....


April 11, 2018: #PutYourSticksOut
In Episode 14, Jeff and Elliotte share their thoughts on the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, visit a few dressing-room clean outs (Sabres, Islanders and Senators), break down a Rangers rebuild and discuss a second team in Toronto....

April 4, 2018: Goodbye, franchise faces. Hello, cap space.
In Episode 13, Jeff and Elliotte tip their hats to Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and discuss what the Canucks will do with their newfound cap room. They also examine the evolution of refereeing and are joined by Judd Moldaver of CAA Sports, who breaks down the plan that landed Auston Matthews in Switzerland for his […]...

March 28, 2018: On The Hot Seat
In Episode 12, Jeff and Elliotte discuss why April 9 could be Black Monday for some specific coaches. Also, the ageless Zdeno Chara has a new contract, there’s a really interesting idea around healthy scratches actually playing, and Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon stops by....


March 14, 2018: The All Ask 31 Edition, Vol. 1
Episode 10 is dedicated to listeners and their #Ask31 questions sent in via Twitter. Topics for Jeff and Elliotte include best all-time hockey names, an NHL luxury tax, Tyler Seguin, what’s best for the Flyers this off-season, and more....

March 8, 2018: When A Promotion Isn’t A Promotion
In Episode 9, Jeff and Elliotte dissect the reshuffling in Carolina and what it might mean for the Canes, and the NHL. Brian Spear (Hockey Night in Canada) and Matt Marstrom (Hometown Hockey) discuss the future of hockey broadcasts. Also, where should the Oilers go from here?...


Feb. 28, 2018: The Calm After The Deadline Storm
In Episode 8, Jeff and Elliotte recap the NHL trade deadline, discuss a fanbase out west with an “Us vs. Everybody” mentality and Roberto Luongo’s pre-game speech about the mass-shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman high school. They are also joined by former NHLer and current player agent Jeff Jackson, who tells the story of discovering […]...

Feb. 14, 2018: Trade Deadline on the Horizon
In Episode 6, Jeff and Elliotte discuss Ottawa’s Phaneuf deal (and the possibility of more Sens moves), a destination for Rick Nash, chat with the Director of Hockey Administration for the Columbus Blue Jackets Josh Flynn, and take your #Ask31 questions....


Feb. 7, 2018: The (latest) Great Goalie Debate
In Episode 5, Jeff and Elliotte debate better ways to review goaltender interference, talk to Predators centre Kyle Turris and have a discussion with Nashville director of communications Kevin Wilson about the challenges of his role....

Jan. 31: How To Make the All-Star Game Great Again
In Episode 4, Jeff and Elliotte discuss ways to liven up the all-star festivities, chat with Sportsnet hockey analyst Doug Maclean about his managerial career, and reflect on Jaromir Jagr�s departure from the NHL....

Jan. 23, 2018
In Episode 3, Jeff and Elliotte discuss different ways of handling player safety, chat with Marc Savard, who officially retired this week seven years after a career-ending concussion, and dig into the turmoil in Ottawa....


Jan. 17, 2018
In Episode 2, Jeff and Elliotte discuss the new majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Andrew Cogliano suspension, teams in the market for defencemen, and answer your #Ask31 questions....

Jan. 10, 2018
In the debut episode, Jeff and Elliotte discuss whether Robin Lehner is a fit for the Islanders, Alex Kovalev’s comments about the evolution of hockey and how to improve the All-Star Game....

Jan. 5, 2018: Introducing the show
Sportsnet’s newest hockey podcast drops Wednesdays beginning January 10. Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman offer up info and insight found nowhere else. In fact, Elliotte might already be in trouble. Give the teaser a listen to find out why....