Training camps are back and so are we!   The NHL officially announced the plan for Phase 3 and 4 of their return to play, as well as a CBA extension, which means Olympics and escrow! Phase 3 of the NHL Return to Play has begun, which means training camp, players opting out and a look towards the the qualifying round which is both playoffs and not playoffs at the same time! The Vancouver Canucks wanted Tyler Toffoli. Which apparently will cost them Brock Boeser. Lindy Ruff is the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils. Why though? The final Quarantine Corner is hereRead More →

So the Detroit Red Wings are drafting 4th overall. Yes it’s a joke, but as many have been quick to point out, Steve Yzerman was also drafted in that same position, and he turned out to be alright. Embed from Getty Images With that in mind, let’s take a look at all the players who’ve been drafted 4th overall, and see if we can figure out who was the best of all time. There have been a LOT of drafts since 1963, so this week we’ll just be looking at the first decade of drafts. The Swinging 60s. 1963: Al Osborne Drafted by: New YorkRead More →

The NHL Draft Lottery is here! With the Detroit Red Wings having the best odds at the first overall pick. How does Nick handle the outcome? Kevyn Adams was named the GM of the Buffalo Sabres. But why did the front office changes even happen? The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kim St-Pierre, Ken Holland, Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson to their ranks. Were they all worthy? As players begin to return ahead of training camp opening July 10, how much do the fans deserve to know about players’ health? All this and more on episode 285 of the 4th LineRead More →

With a couple weeks away from the show, The 4th Line is back! Phase 1 of the NHL return to work has started! So we can be excited, right? Well, it led to players and staff testing positive for COVID. So, can the league do this? Vegas has been selected as one of the hub cities for the NHL playoffs. Who else is on the table as a hub city? What makes Vegas a good choice? What could NHL broadcasts look like with no fans in the arena? The choices are endless! The Quarantine Corner takes us to the barber shop! All this and moreRead More →

The NHL has actual news, so we’re back!   With a weird NHL playoff coming, should there be an asterisk next to it? And more importantly, how do you say asterisk? There are multiple questions to be had about playoff seeding. Is this the best way? And if the seeding isn’t confusing enough, wait until we try to explain the NHL draft lottery! Is Stevie Nick happy with the results for his Red Wings? What about conditional draft picks? What happens with them? With the NHL clamoring for content, we have ideas! The Quarantine Corner brings us to the world of mascots! Who is theRead More →

We are back and there is news in the NHL!   The 24 team NHL playoff format has been announced, if it’s possible to happen. With 24 teams in it, who are the winners and losers of this setup? Is it a fair setup? What would the first round of the playoffs look like? The return to play procedures have been announced as well. What will hockey look like when it return? The NHL draft has some more rumors. Are they worth believing? We enter the Quarantine Corner looking at dog walkers, moving to a new country and changing dates. All this and more onRead More →

The NHL continues to near decisions. We might have news soon! The NHL Board of Governors met this week to discuss the options surrounding the NHL draft and the options for the remainder of the NHL season.  What will the draft look like? Is it fair and equitable? What are some of the potential options for returning to play? The Quarantine Corner is back with questions about beards, mullets, your worst moments and how to find hope in a dark place called “Ottawa”. Make sure to send us your quarantine questions at mail@the4thlinepodcast.com! All this and more on episode 280 of the 4th Line HockeyRead More →

After a week away for moving related reasons, we’ve moved back into the podcast studio! The NHL is nearing a decision on if, how and when they can return to action. In the last two weeks, is there more or less confidence in the NHL finishing this season? Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets came to terms on a agreement to terminate his contract. What’s next for Dusty? The Columbus Blue Jackets have locked up their goaltending tandem of Elvis Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo for two more years. What does that do for the team moving forward? Marco Scandella started also signed a contract extension.Read More →