The 2021 NHL Season is here! Jakub Voracek did not hide his feelings during a press conference this week. How can we get more of this in the NHL? The rookies are here! How have Alexis Lafreniere and Tim Stützle fared? And who is Kirill Kaprizov? With such a small sample size, which opening week performances are we buying and selling? Steven Stamkos leading the league in scoring? The Minnesota Wild being undefeated? Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders not giving up goals? Juuse Saros finally having the job with the Nashville Predators? We also debut a new segment called “Nick’s Lidstrom”, where weRead More →

The NHL season starts this week. THIS IS NOT A TEST! THE NHL SEASON STARTS THIS WEEK! Gary Bettman won’t say exactly how much money the NHL will lose this year, but the answer starts with a B. A Bettman of Money? The NHL season already has been impacted with COVID-19, as the Dallas Stars are delayed. How will this impact other teams? Mathew Barzal has signed an extension with the New York Islanders. Mike Hoffman also officially signed with the St. Louis Blues. How long can we expect deals of this caliber to be the norm? The NHL is planning outdoor games in Lake Tahoe.Read More →

This week on The 4th Line Hockey Podcast, with the NHL almost back, it’s time to preview the Central division! But first, an update to an octopus news story from early 2020. The NHL has modified the offside rule. Will it be for the better? Zdeno Chara has signed with the Washington Capitals, but who will fill his vacancy with the Boston Bruins? Pierre-Luc Dubois signed an extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but is apparently still not happy with the club. Will he find his way out? Jonathon Toews is out for the Chicago Blackhawks, leaving an unfortunate and unexpected hole at center. TheRead More →

The NHL season nears and we start the divisional previews this week. The Ottawa Senators are wheeling and dealing leading up to the start of the season. They started by picking up Derek Stepan from the Arizona Coyotes and followed that up by getting Braydon Coburn, Cedric Paquette and a 2nd round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Marian Gaborik and Anders Nilsson. Who was the winner in each of these deals? With the round robin of the World Junior Hockey Championships we look in to see if teams are doing too much by running up the score and see what upsets have happenedRead More →

This week we preview actual games that will be happening! GAMES! OF HOCKEY! The NHL has announced their plan for the 2021 season. We review all of the changes including: – the timeline for the season – the new divisions, increased divisional play and changes to the playoffs – teams playing in new cities, with some cities allowing fans – taxi squads, three goalies and the death of the emergency backup goalie Nikita Kucherov might start the year on the injured reserve for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Is this a blessing in disguise for their cap woes? Henrik Lundqvist is unable to play for theRead More →

The NHL is returning! (Probably. Maybe.) A cheating scandal is hitting Swedish hockey, as details continue to come out. Is there any possible scenario where a team can justify intentionally losing a game? Details of the 2020-2021 season have come out, including a re-alignment of the divisions. Who are the favorites to win and finish last in each division? With the NHL no longer wanting more money from the players, what creative advertising approaches are favorable? The World Junior Hockey Championships are scheduled to start on Christmas Day, if the teams can ever make the plane trip over. Our Summer Top 10 List takes aRead More →

Another week, another lack of true update about the upcoming season! The NHL didn’t confirm a start date for the season, but it has been confirmed that the season will not be starting January 1st. What can be expected as we near the start date for the season? Are there creative options to getting the season going? With the NHL season still waiting, the World Junior Hockey Championship will be taking place in Edmonton in December. What can we expect from that tournament? We will not be watching Alexis Lafrenière, even though his New York Rangers are not playing games. Are they making the rightRead More →

We have news! And among the news is the naming of Joe Sakic as the top general manager. Oh boy! But how will Stevie Nick handle his namesake not being on top? Mikhail Sergachev and the Tampa Bay Lightning reach an extension. What does this do for the rest of the restricted free agent landscape remaining? Both the Vegas Golden Knights and Columbus Blue Jackets had players test positive for COVID. So did the Canadian World Junior team. And the NHL has yet to announce their plan for the coming season. Gary Bettman still wants games to start January 1st. Is that possible? The SummerRead More →

The NHL was delayed in announcing their plans for the upcoming season, but we weren’t delayed in being back for another offseason episode! The NHL wants players to defer even more of their money. How will this impact the chances of hockey in 2021? And will this mean less flexibility by the players? Kendall Coyne Schofield joined the Chicago Blackhawks coaching staff in two very well deserved roles. In this week’s flashback, we have TWO bests in our best and worst of the week. Braden Holtby tried to move to Vancouver, but was held back by his tortoises. Why exactly? Nick will find out! ThisRead More →

With no NHL news we look back at what was in the news in the past! What happened this time in 2019? Which coach was almost fired and which player had just come off an amazing week? The NHL released the Retro Reverse jerseys this week. What were the hits and misses for the latest batch of alternate jerseys? Will this new type of jersey approach be a way of the future for the NHL? The Summer Top 10 list has us looking at the top foods around the NHL, bringing up debates like pineapple on pizza, where queso belongs on the list and theRead More →