31 Thoughts The Podcast, May 2: Burke on NHL discipline, career

Ron MacLean and Brian Burke react to the news that Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals has been suspended for three games.

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.

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.

Open Tom Wilson hit on Zach Aston-Reese, hitting in hockey and how the NHL will take action
22:10 Observations from the NHL Draft Lottery (how the 15 GMs there hate it, spicing up the proceedings, Vancouver’s hopes to send their mascot, Don Waddell’s turtleneck, why Buffalo needed the No. 1 pick and which team needed good news the most)
28:40 Breaking down the criticism surrounding Kim Pegula taking over as president of the Buffalo Sabres and Bills
34:35 Brian Burke is in studio to run listeners through how the NHL Player Safety Department works when it comes to suspensions, Eric Lindros biting Marty McSorley (51:35), his career arc and regrets (54:00), his first trade (62:40), getting John Tavares to the Maple Leafs (71:30) and more.

84:10 The drama continues with the Carolina Hurricanes as Ron Francis has his contract terminated, what does it mean for the Hurricanes and the NHL?
89:43 Lou Lamoriello is out with the Toronto Maple Leafs. What’s next for the organization?
96:45 Meanwhile, the coaching staff is back in Ottawa. Good or bad?
98:40 The show ends with #Ask31, discussing players Jeff and Elliotte would like to have dinner and watch hockey with, Patrice Bergeron‘s troubles in the faceoff circle, prognosticating the biggest trade of the summer, and next exec to move up from junior to the pros.

 
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