Jim Matheson had a classic “You smelt it, you dealt it” this week as he accused Leon Draisaitl of being pissy. This week’s solution for the NHL has us developing a plan to fix the trade deadline. We also explore who could be available at this year’s trade date, including Claude Giroux, Marc-Andre Fleury, Alex DeBrincat and John Klingberg. NHL front offices got creative this week signing two former agents to general manager roles, but one was extra special! Our “Connors and the Coyotes” takes us to an awful incident in the ECHL and a fight between Brad Marchand and the Carolina Hurricanes. The PhiladelphiaRead More →

Nick is back with an update on the outdoor rink. It’s time for the maiden skate! Connor McDavid was asked about the Edmonton Oilers signing Evander Kane and he definitely had some thoughts. Arguably too many thoughts. In multiple press conferences. Carl and Nick disagree on Connor’s role in Edmonton. The NHL All Star Game rosters are released. Are there any significant snubs? We have ideas for the league on how to improve the game! Timo Meier and Nick Lidstrom are featured as our best of the week! While the Montreal Canadiens enter the Elimination Station. There are differing opinions on where this team shouldRead More →

Evander Kane was cut by the San Jose Sharks, leading to a grievance by the NHLPA, as well as apparently teams looking to sign him. Where might he end up? Marc Bergevin has a new home with the LA Kings. Why? Rick Bowness had a great coach freakout this week. What is the all-time NHL coach freakout, including Patrick Roy, Marc Crawford and John Tortorella? The Elimination Station is back! And is ready to welcome to Arizona Coyotes to it. What are the best next steps for the Coyotes to return to the playoffs? Our “Connor and the Coyotes” has us visit Cale Makar breakingRead More →

We are back and ready to look back at everything that happened during the holiday break! The NHL has a real problem with how they’re handling COVID. And that is that they have cancelled almost every game in the second half of December. Their solution: Skip the Olympics. And that leads us to have positive things to say about Brad Marchand. 2022 is starting off weird! Not only has the NHL had to cancel games, but the games that are happening aren’t exactly the same quality that we’re used to. What can be expected for the rest of 2022? Even the World Junior hockey championshipRead More →

It’s the holiday season and we here at the 4th Line are in a giving mood. We figured we’d share this generosity with the NHL teams and bring a little joy in these turbulent times. As we’re still negotiating a 4th Line merch deal, let’s see what else Santa Gritty has under the tree in the Central Division: Arizona Coyotes Accounts Payable Department: Businesses have had a very difficult time over the last few years. That goes without saying. This has led to teams trying to cut costs wherever they can. However, the Coyotes should not have fired the accounts payable department, as it wasRead More →

COVID has officially sent the NHL season off of the rails. And our episode is in a similar place. But, we both got chicken out of it. With COVID cases spiking throughout the NHL, we explore what the possible options for the league are, what we can expect from the schedule moving forward and try to answer yet again if NHL’ers will go to the Olympics. Paul Maurice surprisingly resigned his role as the coach of the Winnipeg Jets. Why would he leave a good thing? Or is it not a good thing? We answer some mailbag questions finding out what position we would playRead More →

How old is too old to make an attempt to make it to the NHL? This week we find out! COVID cases continue to climb across the league, with the likelihood of players going to the Olympics dropping for several reasons. What are the next steps for the league and players? The Arizona Coyotes made a “human error” that got them in a lot of trouble this week. Is there any way that the latest development leads to them getting a new arena? Ben Bishop, oft injured goaltender, has officially hung up the pads. We remember his career and legacy. Nick has to repay aRead More →

Another busy week in the NHL means that there is limited time for shenanigans! Carl forgot that they planned to discuss the Jack Hughes extension with the New Jersey Devils. So, they started with it. Will this deal be good for New Jersey or a win for Jack? The Vancouver Canucks cleaned house, firing coach Travis Green and GM Jim Benning, bringing in Bruce Boudreau as the new coach. Will this right the ship in Vancouver? The firings continued as the Philadelphia Flyers fired Alain Vigneault and brought in Mike Yeo. The Connors and the Coyotes bring us to a backup goalie (Jonas Johansson), anRead More →

Marc Bergevin was removed as the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, one year after the team reached the Stanley Cup Final, replaced by Jeff Gorton. Are the Canadiens heading in the right direction? The Pittsburgh Penguins have been bought by Fenway Sports Group. What does this mean for the health of the team and the league? Trouble is brewing in Boston, with Brad Marchand suspended for a slewfoot and Jake Debrusk requesting a trade. How will this all end? The Connor and the Coyotes involves Artemi Panarin‘s wardrobe, Cale Makar‘s salad in Denver, and several worsts including a fantasy matchup, Evander Kane and MattRead More →

In a rarity in the world of sports, the Omaha Lancers skipped their own games this weekend. What is going on in Nebraska? And where is Nebraska? There are rumors that the Quebec Nordiques could return to the NHL. In what scenario would this be possible? And should they come back? Connor McDavid, and other superstars in the league, complain about not getting penalties called. Are their concerns valid? The Connors and The Coyotes returns with one of them taking a turn at the other seat. We also visit the island, Alberta and criticize the entire state of Pennsylvania. Welcome to our geography filled episode!Read More →