31 Thoughts, The Podcast: What will the Leafs, Wild, Canes do now?

Van Riemsdyk? Bozak? Gardiner? Dubas? Hunter? Will any of them be with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season? (Michael Dwyer/AP)

In Episode 16, Jeff and Elliotte ponder what the Maple Leafs lineup will look like next season, including in the executive suite. The guys also discuss Paul Fenton, who looks like he’ll finally get his chance at a GM job with the Wild. Plus, Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro is heading to the World Championships to play goal for Team Canada. He joins the show to talk about that and much more.

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.

6:38 Who will be back — or not — with the Toronto Maple Leafs?

9:35 John Tavares and Auston Matthews share an agent, and Elliotte has a theory. And has Jake Gardiner become the latest whipping-boy defenceman in Toronto?

22:15 How the NHL Draft Lottery has changed the way teams look at their futures.

32:30 Chuck Fletcher is out as GM of the Minnesota Wild. What happened and who are the top candidates to replace him? Is it Paul Fenton’s job to lose? And if he wants it, what will Fenton (or anyone, really) do with the roster?

38:10 Ron Francis has been asked to work from home while the Carolina Hurricanes look to fill out the executive roster. Owner Thomas Dundon is going to be a big influence on the team, both on and off the ice, so what’s happening in Carolina?

41:48 What do Bob Murray and the Anaheim Ducks do they do with the roster now? Is Randy Carlyle the right coach? The GM thinks so. And what does the future hold for Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry?

49:06 Michael DiPietro spent this season with the Windsor Spitfires, now he’s heading to the World Championships. He answers rapid fire questions from Jeff, discusses his experiences during NHL Combine interviews, getting cut from the world junior team, sticking it to Colby Armstrong and his unique family.

1:18:35 The #Ask31 segment includes: the Edmonton Oilers winning the draft lottery again; the NHL Combine and agents making their players puke; when analytics meets the draft; and Elliotte’s work schedule during playoffs.

 
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