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Hockey fans already know the name, but this is not the blog. From Sportsnet, 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is a weekly deep dive into the biggest hockey news in the world, featuring the frozen yogi Jeff Marek and NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman.

Hockey fans already know the name, but this is not the blog. From Sportsnet, 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is a weekly deep dive into the biggest hockey news in the world, featuring the frozen yogi Jeff Marek and NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman.
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Hockey fans already know the name, but this is not the blog. From Sportsnet, 31 Thoughts: The Podcast is a weekly deep dive into the biggest hockey news in the world, featuring the frozen yogi Jeff Marek and NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman.




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 […]