31 Thoughts, The Podcast: Big decisions looming around the NHL

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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.

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The show opens on a sombre note with Jeff and Elliotte discussing how the Humboldt Broncos tragedy impacted them as parents, Canada as a whole and the hockey community around the world.

16:07 Pasquale Paletta and his family want to bring another team to the Greater Toronto Area. Is the NHL interested? How much would it cost? Why haven’t we heard more about it? And would it be Gary Bettman’s ultimate win?

20:15 Ryan O’Reilly was frank about his season in Buffalo and how “he lost love for the game“. Is this surprising? What does it mean for the franchise moving forward? And can it be fixed?

27:00 The Ottawa Senators and their frustrated fan base came to a head this week. The team has big decisions to make, but Elliotte believes they need to take some time to clear their heads and let any emotions subside before making any of them.

31:38 It’s the question of the off-season: What do the Islanders do with John Tavares? How do they approach the situation? And what comes first: The player, the GM or the coach?

39:23 Alain Vigneault is out in New York. Who fills the vacant coaching role? Could Joel Quenneville be end up there?

42:50 Speaking of coaches, are QMJHL coaches Dominique Ducharme and Joel Bouchard a fit for the Canadiens? Where will Bill Peters and Glen Gulutzan end up?

45:39 Will Henrik Zetterberg be back for another season? He plays every game for the Red Wings, competes hard and sets an example like few others in the league. But how much longer will he play?

48:25 How much of the Rangers’ rebuild is actually a rebuild? Do they have the right goaltender? Are big free-agent fish coming?

50:10 The guys answer listener #Ask31 questions, including: What do the Sabres do at the draft? How to build a career in media?

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