This week’s news of the week saw old faces in new faces with Travis Zajac retiring a devil, Zach Parise re-uniting with Lou Lamoriello and Zdeno Chara going back to the Islanders. (It also was a great excuse for an exploration of the Zdeno Chara trade tree! Featuring Felix Potvin!) We also preview the Central division, trying to figure out: – How likely it is that the Avalanche are the best team in the league – When and where Vladimir Tarasenko will be traded – Why the Coyotes rebranded and what a kachina is – If Marc-Andre Fleury and Kirby Dach are enough for theRead More →

It’s season preview time! And that’s not even the biggest news of the week! Nick has discovered something called a “Deathmatch Circus” and former NHL’er Darren McCarty will be taking part in one. What’s the worst that can happen? NHL coaches, such as Sylvain Lefebvre, are losing jobs because of their decisions to not be vaccinated. What other fallout can be expected from this? It is time for the big news: We are retiring! Join us for our farewell tour, dubbed The Snides Tour, where we bring you the gifts, during the final season of The 4th Line Podcast. Thank you to everyone who’s joinedRead More →

Jesperi Kotkaniemi signed the ultimate Uno reverse card: an offer sheet with the Carolina Hurricanes. We break down every single way that it is the best offer sheet of all time. The Carolina Hurricanes were busy this week as they signed Andrei Svechnikov to an 8 year extension. Did they get it right after a poor start to the offseason? Sean Couturier and the Philadelphia Flyers tried to one up Svech. And failed. The New York Mets were booed by their fans. And responded in kind with boos of their own. Was that the appropriate response? Did the fans deserve it? The Summer Movie ClubRead More →

Our summer movie series continues! This week we head to Saskatchewan for a legal battle, Miami for a Cuban sandwich and a wedding. The Arizona Coyotes are without an arena moving forward. Again. But Gary Bettman doesn’t seem worried. He even thinks that they might stay in the desert. What are their options? Henrik Lundqvist announced his retirement from the NHL. Where does he rank all time? We deep dive into two new rosters this week, looking at teams that made themselves better this offseason. The New Jersey Devils added Dougie Hamilton, Tomas Tatar and another brother to go with Jack Hughes. But is itRead More →

With a week away, Nick had time to watch “The Last Blockbuster”, and he is back with his review! The Toronto Maple Leafs’ docuseries “All or Nothing” comes out this October. What else would make for a good NHL documentary? Juuse Saros signed a new contract with the Nashville Predators. How well does it lineup with other recent goalie contracts? There are still several restricted free agents yet to sign, such as Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes, Brady Tkachuk and Andrei Svechnikov. We play a game of OVER/UNDER to see what their contracts might be. The Carolina Hurricanes and Vegas Golden Knights have made a numberRead More →

The offseason is here, and so are the doctors! A report from Nikita Zadorov on what life is like to be Nathan MacKinnon has led to several questions, including “What exactly does he eat?” Evander Kane has reportedly been betting on NHL games, including San Jose Sharks. What should be the ramifications for him if this is in fact the case? Philipp Grubauer‘s contract with the Seattle Kraken was rejected. How did this even happen? Marc-Andre Fleury is officially going to be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Where does this put them in the Central division this year? Jack Eichel wants to be tradedRead More →

It is NHL free agency day, which means that there are over 150 signings, trades and pieces of follow up from draft weekend to talk about. Let’s do that podcast! The Minnesota Wild got the sliding Jesper Wallstedt with the Edmonton Oilers pick. Why didn’t the Oilers pick him? And yet, the Oilers didn’t make the worst choice in the draft. The Montreal Canadiens stepped in to steal that honor from them. Those moves aside, who were the winners and losers of the draft? Leading up to free agency a number of trades happened, including: – Cam Atkinson and Jakub Voracek being swapping by theRead More →

It’s NHL draft day and we’re back with a LIVE episode, breaking down the beginning of the NHL draft and looking back on the news of the week. But first, the Seattle Kraken have a team! With the excitement stolen from the actual draft event due to leaks, what picks were hits and what players did they miss out on as they built their starting roster? In between picks, we had time to talk about all the other roster moves this week. Leading up to the draft, we had a number of trades, including: Alex Nedeljkovic to the Detroit Red Wings Shayne Gostisbehere to theRead More →

Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Lightning on back to back Stanley Cup Championships! Leading to an all-time great press conference from Nikita Kucherov. Was he right? Did it matter about the salary cap? Should Andrei Vasilevskiy be the MVP? Did Montreal fans celebrate unnecessarily? We review a hire, fire and retire. Pekka Rinne announced his retirement. How will he be remembered? Ryan Suter and Zach Parise were bought out for the Minnesota Wild. How will this help the team moving forward? Or will it? Where might these two end up? Pierre McGuire was hired by the Ottawa Senators. But….why? Duncan Keith was dealt to theRead More →

We’re half way through the 2021 Stanley Cup Final! The Tampa Bay Lightning failed close out the sweep in Game 4. What can be expected from the rest of this series? Will Jesperi Kotkaniemi be back in the lineup? Will the scores better represent the game performance? We’ll find out this week! The last NHL awards were handed out. We review what awards Kirill Kaprizov, Adam Fox, Marc-Andre Fleury and Connor McDavid won. The offseason of NHL business has begun! This includes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Joel Eriksson Ek signing 8 year extensions with the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild respectively and Duncan Keith being rumoredRead More →