The Carolina Hurricanes were dubbed a “bunch of jerks” by Don Cherry this week for their win celebrations. Was he right? Are the Carolina Hurricanes a bunch of jerks or is Don Cherry just a grumpy old man? The Edmonton Oilers traded Cam Talbot for Anthony Stolarz this week, which caused us to wonder, are the Philadelphia Flyers as good of a team as they appear to be lately? The Oilers also trade Ryan Spooner for Sam Gagner, which caused us to wonder, how can the Canucks fix their contract problems? Evgeni Malkin was suspended for one game for his attempted hitting of Michael Raffl.Read More →

Once upon a time, The 4th Line Podcast had a Patreon account. When we did, we would share once a month some of our favorite recipes with our subscribers. With our Patreon no more, it’s time to share some of those recipes with you now. First up, salsa! Carl Alright going to pull the curtain back a little bit this month. I was recently in the grocery store and was looking for something fun to cook. So I wandered over to the peppers section. After staring at it for a good few minutes I decided “Well, I should pick something”. And that is how IRead More →

The guys are back and have something worth celebrating! Auston Matthews has signed a contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not that Joel ever doubted it. Can Kyle Dubas manage to keep all of his pending free agents together after this deal? Randy Carlyle is fired as the coach of the Anaheim Ducks. And Bob Murray has hired himself as the replacement. What is Bob thinking? Joel has some very big news to share with us. Two big things in fact! Brian Boyle has been dealt to the Nashville Predators for a 2nd round pick. Is that an over pay or the market atRead More →

With lots of talk lately in regards to offer sheets, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding what teams can and cannot do with offer sheets. Therefore, we bring you the official 4th Line Guide to NHL Offer Sheets. What is an offer sheet? Simply put, an offer sheet is a way to either poach a player from another team by offering a better contract, or force that team to spend more than they originally intended to keep the player. Thus eating up more of their cap space. Sounds straight forward, why aren’t they used more often? Timing is everything, only players withRead More →

The Ottawa Senators are running out of time to tie up Matt Duchene on a new contract. TSN’s Darren Dreger reported that some pretty high numbers are being thrown about: Talks between Duchene camp and the Sens expected to continue this week. The range for Duchene on 8 yr term is believed to be between $65 and $75 mil. So, either in the 8’s or 9+ aav. Still ballpark discussions. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 20, 2019 If we take the lower number, you’re looking at an 8 by 8 deal which feels excessive, especially for a player who did his best work for theRead More →

On the heels of two trades this week, The 4th Line is back early! Before we get to hockey, Joel has a very nice poem for us. Jake Muzzin was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs. What exactly were the LA Kings doing? After that, the Pittsburgh Penguins got Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and some draft picks. Who won this deal? With the trade deadline coming, who else could be on the move? What do the Blue Jackets do with Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin? The Edmonton Oilers take their spot in the Elimination Station. WhatRead More →

On an all new episode Andy, Carl and Ryan bring the latest on what has been happening in the WHL. It has officially been announced that the Kootenay Ice are moving to Winnipeg. What does this mean for the future of the franchise and the league as a whole? Ryan checked out the Top Prospects game in Red Deer and was continually impressed by Brett Leason, to name just one. NHL Central Scouting came out with their most recent rankings, which highlights just exactly how off their rankings can be. (ie. Dustin Wolf) With the playoffs nearing, what teams should be watched? How much willRead More →

Last year it was Kid Rock, this year it’s equal pay. It seems if there’s a way to bring controversy to the NHL’s All Star Game (ASG), then the NHL can find a way. The #paydecker campaign found a resolution when equipment manufacturer CCM recognised Brianna Decker’s achievement and offered the $25k. The NHL then jumped on, but missed the bandwagon by agreeing to make charity donations in the names of the Decker, Renata Fast, Kendall Coyne Schofield and Rebecca Johnston. Why the NHL didn’t foresee any issues with having female skaters ‘demonstrate’ the events that their male counterparts would take part in is beyondRead More →