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
Jarmo Kekalainen on the Dubois-Laine Deal
Jan 25, 2021
Jan 25, 2021
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 Patrik Laine. 

The guys also talk about Vancouver’s struggles (51:00), Brent Burns’ silky mitts (54:00), youthful flair in New Jersey (57:45), ideas around the draft (1:07:10), the NHL suspending John Chayka (1:00:30) and much more.

We also pay tribute to the late George Armstrong (1:11:40). Condolences to his friends and family. 

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

Audio Credits: Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Ohio, MSG 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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Jan 22, 2021
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 Jackets and Dubois.

Then they discuss the details around Washington's six-figure fine for violating COVID-19 protocols (13:00), the league’s plans if a team can’t finish the season and how cancelling games could impact players’ pensions. 

They also talk about Bobby Ryan’s hot start to the season (33:00), removing the tracking pucks from play (37:00), Taylor Hall’s play in Buffalo (45:00), Vegas staying undefeated (49:00) and much more. Plus, #Ask31 returns (59:15)!

Music Outro: The Dirty Nil - Damage Control

Hear their new album F*** Art here

This podcast is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman. Archival support was provided by Kyle Norris and Jagjit Saran, and music for this podcast was coordinated by Carson Illidge.

Audio Credits: ABC News, AT&T SportsNet, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Ohio, NBC Sports, NHL Network, 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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Jan 18, 2021
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 Pack - Body

You can find more music from Ten Kills the Pack here

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

Audio Credits: 97.1 The Fan, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Ohio, NBC Sports Philadelphia, WPRT-FM and WQAM-AM.

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

Jan 13, 2021
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 featured “Polarized” by Scenic Route to Alaska during our last segment

You can find their latest “Time for Yourself” here

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

Audio Credits: 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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Jan 8, 2021
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 see a bubble scenario again and what other teams are thinking. They also touch on Corey Crawford’s leave of absence in New Jersey (10:00), Mathew Barzal’s contract situation on the Isle (15:30) and the world juniors final (54:15) between Canada and the United States.

Then Jordan Subban joins the podcast (24:00) to talk about launching a marketplace (UJIMAA) to support BIPOC and women-owned businesses, how the idea came about and why the move was important to him. He also shares some memories about his minor-hockey days in Toronto, which activity got the competitive juices going in the Subban household, and much more.

This episode is dedicated to the late John Muckler. Condolences to his family and friends.

Inside Ujimaa, Jordan Subban's New Site Elevating BIPOC-Owned Businesses by Vivek Jacob

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

Audio Credits: CityNews 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 Media Inc. or any affiliate.