Elliotte Friedman joined Sportsnet in June 2014 as an insider and reporter for the network’s national NHL coverage and Hockey Night in Canada. In addition to his on-air role, Friedman regularly contributes to sportsnet.ca, analyzing the latest NHL news in his regular “31 Thoughts” columns.
31 Thoughts: Could short-term deals break RFA stalemates?
Travis Sanheim didn't have the same leverage as some other RFAs, but the two-year deal he signed this week was noticed. After the cap didn't rise as much as previously thought, will some other free agents in this class bet on themselves and take a shorter term?
31 Thoughts: Why navigating Phil Kessel trade won't be easy for Penguins
The Penguins and Phil Kessel appear to be moving closer to a divorce, but with the winger holding some control over his destiny, it won't be a simple process. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman breaks it all down in this week's 31 Thoughts.
31 Thoughts: Penguins' big decisions include what to do with Malkin
Evgeni Malkin's future in Pittsburgh is... complicated. If the Predators make a big move, expect it to involve a defenceman. The Oilers hope to name a new GM very soon, and how might the Sabres force the Maple Leafs' hand? That and more in Elliotte Friedman's latest 31 Thoughts.