While a lot has been happening in the sports world this week, Nick is having some very important blanket talk.   COVID-19 is expanding and the impact on the world of sports has grown as well. This week, we explore what it does mean for the NHL, including: – will the season continue and do we get a Stanley Cup champion? – what will happen with the salary cap this year? – why aren’t teams paying their staff? – how will the CBA extension change? – when will the NHL draft be? When will free agency be? Will there even be an offseason? – whatRead More →

With one month until the playoffs, The 4th Line is back to bring you the latest around the NHL. The NHL is having to start to take measures based on the outbreak of coronavirus. What will this mean for hockey fans? Tampa Bay and Boston gave us a preview of what a playoff matchup of them will look like. How will the Atlantic division shake down? The Ottawa Senators and Jim Little parted ways. But nailing down exactly why is the hard part. Roberto Luongo had his jersey retired by the Florida Panthers. Is the Hockey Hall of Fame the next step for him? TheRead More →

As David Ayres has continued his Tour de Force, we discuss the logistics of the emergency backup goalie. With the emergency backup goalie the flavor of the month, is that the best way to handle the goalie injury problem? It’s been a week since the trade deadline. The San Jose Sharks didn’t trade Joe Thornton. Should they have moved him to finally let him get a Stanley Cup? The Carolina Hurricanes are struggling with their top 2 goalies hurt. Can they fix the losing streak in time for a playoff birth? The Toronto Maple Leafs are winning, in spite of their defense being almost entirelyRead More →

On this all trade deadline episode can you imagine that we almost had to resort to an emergency backup podcaster (EBUP)? And would that EBUP be better than Nick? This week, we try to touch on as many trades as possible, including (but not limited to): Tyler Toffoli Brenden Dillon Marco Scandella Alec Martinez Ondrej Kase Ilya Kovalchuk Mike Green Vladislav Namestnikov Jean-Gabriel Pageau Vincent Trocheck Patrick Marleau Andreas Athanasiou Barclay Goodrow Sami Vatanen Robin Lehner Brady Skjei We even find time to look at new contracts for Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Chris Kreider and Jake Muzzin. All this and more on episode 271 of the 4thRead More →

The Mighty Ducks are back! What can we expect with Coach Bombay’s return behind the bench? Speaking of coaches, Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Minnesota Wild this week. But why? Zack Kassian learned that kicking someone in the chest is not allowed. Was his punishment appropriate? Evander Kane thinks that his suspension, as well as others, are not in line with the league’s precedent and had some words for George Parros about it. Was he justified? The New Jersey Devils got their trade deadline started moving Blake Coleman and Andy Greene. Will this set the price for the next week? The Montreal Canadiens haveRead More →

Cheating is rampant in sports these days and hockey is now exception anymore! The Arizona Coyotes are being investigated for illegal fitness testing of junior players. Was it worth the potential $5 million in fines? On the heals of a Frederik Andersen injury, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a trade for Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford from the Los Angeles Kings. Will it work out for them? What other trades could happen before the deadline? Could Kyle Connor be on the move? Which goalie will have a new home? Darnell Nurse has signed an extension with the Edmonton Oilers. Will it work for the team?Read More →

This week saw TWO editions of the hottest rivalry in the NHL: The Battle of Alberta.   In Version #1 David Rittich flipped his stick and Leon Draisaitl flipped his lid. In Version #2, Mike Smith got in a fight and Cam Talbot got in trouble. When was the last time we had a rivalry this good? Justin aka Dustin Byfuglien is nearing the end of his time as a Winnipeg Jet. What does the future hold for the defenseman? Gritty has been vindicated. Which led to what might be the initial pieces of The Mascot Union. The Buffalo Sabres enter the Elimination Station. IsRead More →

The NHL All Star Weekend is finally over.   We look back at the weekend that was, including: The All Star Skills competition featured two new elements: The Women’s 3-on-3 and the Shooting Stars Competition. Were they a hit? What were the highlights in the rest of the skills competition? In the All-Star Game itself, what was noteworthy? Gary Bettman had his press conference touching on a number of subjects about the future of the NHL, including the Olympics, the CBA and tracking data. Which has us the most excited? And which gives us the most hope? After a hotly contested debate, the San JoseRead More →

The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche played on recording day, which meant rivalries were renewed as per usual, right? Gerard Gallant was replaced as the head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights and Pete DeBoer immediately replaced him. Gallant was also replaced as the coach of the Pacific Division for the All Star Game by Rick Tocchet. Where will Gallant go next? Nicklas Backstrom signed an extension with the Washington Capitals. Who won the deal? Brad Marchand lost the Boston Bruins a game this week, but was it fair? As Alexander Ovechkin passes Mario Lemieux and continues to move up the all time goalRead More →

Pekka Rinne scored a goal! Which is a Best of the Week worth celebrating. Connor McDavid also scored a slightly more fancy goal! An extra best of the week! With the best(s) of the week under control, Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly take home of the Worsts of the Week honors.   Peter Laviolette and Ray Shero were removed by the Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils respectively. Were these the right moves? Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk had a bruhaha that led to Kassian being suspended for 2 games. How did Tkachuk get away with it as The final members of each All StarRead More →