On this edition of 32 Thoughts, Jeff and Elliotte talk about Elvis Merzlikins’ future in Columbus, expand on the status of Corey Perry and deep dive into the Cutter Gauthier trade. They key in on the Florida Panthers and the attractive market that franchise has created for itself and discuss a couple of winning Canadian franchises in the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks. William Nylander’s agent, Lewis Gross, joins the show to give a candid interview about the process behind his client’s extension.

Sports Professional Management Inc. represents some big names in hockey, including William Nylander, Johnny Gaudreau, Torey Krug and Brandon Saad, and has a total value of active contracts that exceeds $222 million.

Jamie Bozzo handles client relationships for SPM, dealing with players and their families on all kinds of specialized scenarios. She joins Jeff and Elliotte for a wide-ranging discussion about prepping clients for free agency, working with players and organizations around trades, financial advice and much more, including detailing the work put in on Nylander’s down-to-the-wire extension with the Maple Leafs in late 2018.

Mark Toof was interviewed on the Neutral Zone Podcast and discussed the role of a family advisor in hockey management. 

Maple Leafs sign William Nylander to eight-year, $92M contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed star winger William Nylander to an eight-year, $92 million contract extension, the team announced Monday. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the deal includes a full no-movement clause. Friedman adds the deal includes $69 million in bonuses and that $27 million of the contract will be paid in the first two years. Read full story >>

William Nylander Named to 2024 All-Star Game

William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly will join Auston Matthews as participants in the 2024 NHL All-Star Game that will take place on Feb. 3 at Scotiabank Arena, the NHL announced on Saturday. Read full story >>

Jeremy Swayman Named to 2024 All-Star Game

The National Hockey League announced today, January 13, that Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman has been selected for the 2024 NHL All-Star Game. Swayman was one of 12 players selected for the game through the 2024 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by MassMutual, which allowed fans to vote for their favorite players online and via X (formerly Twitter). Read full story >>

Mike Vecchione’s OT Game Winning Calder Cup Goal

“Henrik Borgstrom centers Vecchione, rolled down low, bouncing around, Borgstrom after it, in front, they score! They score! Mike Vecchione! The Bears have done it! They are Calder Cup Champions!” Read full story >>

Cam Johnson Back-to-Back ECHL Finals MVP

Cam Johnson of the Florida Everblades earned the June M. Kelly Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award as the Most Valuable Player of the 2023 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Johnson becomes the first player in ECHL history to win the postseason MVP award in consecutive seasons and he joins Nick Vitucci and Dave Gagnon as the only players to win the award twice over their career. Read full story >>