The final 4. With the Stanley Cup Final here, we look at the last 4 surviving teams to see who will be protected and who will be left for the Vegas Golden Knights to select from. With 4 clearly quality rosters, there ought to be something worth selecting for the Knights.   Mike, Joe and Carl make the picks this time. For the previous teams selected: Oilers, Rangers, Blues, Capitals Bruins, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Canadiens Flames, Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks Sabres, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings, Islanders, Flyers, Lightning Coyotes, Avalanche, Stars, Red Wings, Devils, Canucks, Jets Rules and regulations for the expansion draft can be found on NHL.comRead More →

The Stanley Cup Finals aren’t even over yet and already we’re hearing about which players are likely to be traded this offseason. There’s no shortage of rumors and plenty of speculation, with reports of numerous offers being fielded by many different teams for their players potentially available in a trade. Besides the potential availability of draft picks (like the Dallas Stars’ coveted 3rd overall pick), plenty of big names seem likely to be moved this offseason. Matt Duchene After one of the first seasons in franchise history, the Avalanche are looking for a fresh start next season and are hoping to rebound from a dreadfulRead More →

It’s time to look at the next bunch of lovable losers in the NHL playoffs.  These four lost in the conference finals, with a wide range of emotions. The Oilers were happy to get that far while the Capitals were furious to get bounced by the Penguins for the second year in a row. Today, Mike, Kyle, Joe and Carl let you know who will be chosen to be protected and left unprotected for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. Previous teams can be found here: Bruins, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Canadiens Flames, Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks Sabres, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings, Islanders,Read More →

In just four days, Ryan Getzlaf will turn 32 years old. While that’s not really too old in the grand scheme of things, for a hockey player, that’s supposed to be the start of your decline. And for Getzlaf, at the beginning of the year it looked like it was. Four years ago, Getzlaf ended the season with an astonishing 87 points in 77 games. Breaking the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career, Getzlaf had arguably his most productive season of his career. And as he finished second in the voting for the Hart Trophy, Getzlaf was considered to be one ofRead More →

This June, Gerard Gallant and the Vegas Golden Knights will be selecting some team-mates for Reid Duke, and on June 18 we will be able to see which players each team protected and which will find out that they’re not the favorite child. In the sections that follow, Carl Landra, Joe Martini and Mike Laybourne bring you their selections for who the second lot of 7 teams eliminated from the NHL playoffs will protect, and who they’ll leave exposed in the upcoming expansion draft. You can read about the first 7 here. But first, the rules. The Rules The most basic rules of who can and cannot be protected for the Golden Knights expansion draft areRead More →

Predators vs Blues The wait is over, hockey is finally back. Tonight, we kick off the NHL’s second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a shockingly, but deserving game, between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. Nashville stunned the hockey world with a sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks, who many thought would make a run for its 4th cup in seven years. Embed from Getty Images The Blues took care of business fairly easily with a 4-1 series victory over the Minnesota Wild, who stumbled at the worst time. Nashville has never advanced to the conference finals in franchise history, the Blues willRead More →

The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner, and therefore our preview of the Western Conference’s quarter final games is here, along with some storylines to look out for and our predictions! Once you’ve read our preview; shows us how wrong Mike is by joining the 4th Line Podcast’s Bracket Challenge! Face-off times for the opening games are below and games can be seen wherever hockey is usually seen. TVs, bars, actual arenas. You choose.  Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators The Blackhawks and Predators have met in the first round twice before, in 2010 and 2015. Both years the Hawks went on to the StanleyRead More →