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 personalities in the game and famous fans.

Recent Episodes
Trade Deadline Wrap Up
Apr 13, 2021
Apr 13, 2021
Trade Deadline Wrap Up

The NHL Trade Deadline ended with a splash. Jeff and Elliotte discuss the trade between the Red Wings and Capitals (00:00), how it was structured, and why certain players (and picks) were in the mix. They also recap — Taylor Hall to Boston (17:30), the Pens picking up Jeff Carter (28:30), all the action from the Maple Leafs (30:40), the talks between Montreal and Tony DeAngelo, the additions in Florida (42:30), the situation in Vancouver, trade talks around Ryan Getzlaf (50:20) and much more. 

Outro Music: Nathan Lawr - Apocalypse Marshmallow

Listen to more of Nathan's music here!

This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. 

Audio Credits: NHL Network, Sportsnet and WGRZ-TV.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Apr 9, 2021
Almost There

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed Tanner Pearson. Jeff and Elliotte discuss why contract talks suddenly picked up (2:20), where things stand with Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson, why the Canucks might have to play out the regular season even if it means playing into the playoffs, and the general mood around the club as players and coaches deal with COVID-19. 

They also chat about the Florida-Chicago trade (12:50), the cost of a first-round draft pick (14:30), possible suitors for Taylor Hall (19:00), what the Maple Leafs are possibly thinking as the deadline approaches (24:45), and they take some of your #Ask31 questions.

Plus, New Jersey defenceman Ty Smith joins he podcast (35:30) to talk about his rookie season, rooming with Jack Hughes, the coaches that had the biggest influence on his career, playing “assistant GM” in junior and his friendship with Brendan Gallagher.

Read the feature on Jeff here (Page 27)

Outro Music: DijahSB - Throw That Back

Listen to more of her music here!

This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Music for this episode was coordinated by Carson Illidge.

Audio Credits: MSG.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Apr 5, 2021
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 season.

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet joins the guys (10:40) to help preview the upcoming trade deadline. Who are the buyers? Who are the sellers? Who don't we know about? Which clubs don't plan on making any moves? 

Western Division (20:40), Central Division (32:50), East Division (41:00) and North Division (53:30)

Outro Music: Shintaro Sakamoto - By Swallow Season

Listen to more of his music here!

This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman.

Audio Credits: Breakfast Television, CBC and Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Apr 2, 2021
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 recent game postponement between Vancouver-Calgary due to COVID-19 protocol (19:20), the signing of Thatcher Demko (21:30), what Vancouver plans on doing (27:30) with their unsigned players (and coaches), goaltending in Toronto (26:00), what is happening in Nashville (30:00), teams to watch as we approach the deadline (Carolina 35:20 & Florida 38:20), Spencer Knight signing with the Panthers (40:10), a memorable post-game presser from Erik Karlsson (49:30), some of your #Ask31 questions (56:30) and much more.

Watch “Defector: The Alex Mogilny Story” Here!

Outro Music: Tash Neal - Catching Up

Listen to his latest album “Charge It to the Game” here

This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Archival support was provided by Maria St. Aubin and music for this episode was coordinated by Carson Illidge.

Audio Credits: 97.5 The Fanatic, San Jose Sharks and Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Mar 26, 2021
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 it related to gambling, the relationship between players and officials, and what a perfect game for calls looks like to the guys.

They also chat about an interesting trade between Tampa Bay and Anaheim (35:30), changes to the draft lottery format (43:00), the Canadian government limiting the quarantine period for NHL clubs (41:00) and much more.

Arizona Coyotes defenceman Jakob Chychrun joins the podcast (50:00) to talk about his flights from Florida to Michigan during his youth hockey days, battling injuries, the impact his father had on his career, and why memorizing certain names during his draft year was important to him.

This episode is dedicated to St. Louis Blues legend, Bob Plager. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. 

Audio Credits: Fox Sports, San Diego Gulls [YouTube], Sportsnet and The FAN 590.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.