The 2019 Super Bowl attracted about 98 millions viewers, the lowest amount for some time, but it’s still about 92 million more than game five of the Stanley Cup final between the Capitals and Golden Knights drew in. More people watch the finale of The Voice, than the Stanley Cup finals. The NFL Pro Bowl, an entirely meaningless game, gets better numbers than the game which decides which team will lift Lord Stanley’s cup. Embed from Getty Images We (probably) all know the excitement of a Super Bowl party, the tension that comes with knowing that you’re about to watch a one-off, make-or-break game that’sRead More →

Two years ago the Ottawa Senators were a goal away from the Stanley Cup Final. Today they saw the last of their top three scores, Mark Stone, the man who should’ve been their next captain, a cornerstone of the franchise for years to come, shipped off to Vegas ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline. This, just days after both Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel were unceremoniously jettisoned to Columbus. A once proud organisation reduced to selling off valuable parts like smoke damaged furniture, presumably the result of the tire fire they’ve become. Embed from Getty Images How exactly does one fall so far, so quickly,Read More →

The Carolina Hurricanes might just be the most fun team in the NHL right now. Their polarising post-game celebrations have been both lauded and lambasted in equal measure. The formerly-relevant pundit Don Cherry said “these guys to me are jerks” during his Coach’s Corner segment. A statement that Hurricanes and their fans have embraced. Wait, was he talking about us? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/9WWZxnGgO6 — Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) February 17, 2019 The Canes’ antics divided Carl, Joel and Nick in episode #219 but fans are united. Cherry’s comments are being immortalised, but not for the reasons that he imagined. The fun police did not turn up 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 →

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 →

With the NHL All Star weekend upon us, it’s fitting to look back and think of the All Star games that we watched growing up. With so many great players being in the games of yesteryear, we here at The 4th Line Podcast endeavoured to find the best All Star that a particular team had. The criteria: Which player had the best collection of years with that team? Sure, Wayne Gretzky was the best player to ever play on the St. Louis Blues, but with only 18 games with the team, he’s not their All Time All Star. So, without further ado…… Calgary Flames JaromeRead More →