It’s officially the offseason! The NHL draft is this week. It’s time to look at Alexis Lafreniere, Tim Stutzle, Quinton Byfield and the rest of the draft prospects, where they could end up and what their futures will look like. Are there any teams that could be looking to make trades? New Jersey with multiple firsts? Toronto with Dubas promising to be busy? The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions! Nick predicted them to win, Carl predicted Victor Hedman winning the Conn Smythe and the Lightning made questionable choices celebrating. Robin Lehner is staying with the Vegas Golden Knights. So where does Marc-Andre FleuryRead More →

For the final time of the season, there are games to preview! The Dallas Stars are down 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. What do they need to do to complete the comeback? For each team, who would win the Conn Smythe Trophy? Marc Staal was traded to the Detroit Red Wings by the New York Rangers. It’s a win for Detroit, but why are the Rangers clearing out cap space? The Pittsburgh Penguins sent Patric Hornqvist to the Florida Panthers. Why? The Ottawa Senators move out another veteran, buying out Bobby Ryan. What are the Senators planning and whereRead More →

With the NHL season nearing its end, the draft and free agency are fast approaching. What’s generally a whirlwind to begin with will be imbued with the frenetic energy of a Doc Emrick goal call. It’ll be made all the more intriguing given the difficulty many teams will have adhering to the salary cap. More than any season since 2005-06 they’ll have to get creative moving forward. Some big names may be in new places before the puck drops on 2020-21. Embed from Getty Images   With that in mind, one team to watch is the Colorado Avalanche. A formidable group with a solid mixRead More →

The Stanley Cup Final is here and so are the ever evolving rules for Nick’s hockey pool. The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning meet up in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. Who is the favorite and how do they match up? And will Steven Stamkos play? (Please play.) Gary Bettman spoke about next season. Will we get to play hockey next year? Alex Pietrangelo and the St. Louis Blues are at odds at contract negotiations. Where does he end up? Eric Staal and Marcus Johansson were swapped between Buffalo and Minnesota. Is the VP of Business Development doing good work in Buffalo? The mainRead More →

The Stanley Cup Finals are almost here and these playoffs are getting canasty! The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning are both up 3-1. Again. Will this round see more blown 3-1 leads? We look at who are the Conn Smythe (playoff MVP) favorites for each of the remaining teams in the bubble. Can a defenseman win it for a change? (Inspired by articles from the writing team at The4thLinePodcast.com). Geoff Ward is back as the coach of the Calgary Flames. But what will his roster look like next season? Bruce Cassidy won the Jack Adams Award, while Lou Lamoriello won the GM of the YearRead More →

The New York Islanders are a long way from their storied years four straight Stanley Cups, but this version of the Isles are hoping to add another chapter to that book. Looking to make their way back to the Stanley Cup final, they will need to beat a red hot Tampa Bay Lightning team, but with Barry Trotz’s system, they can extinguish that flame. Embed from Getty Images Front Runner: Mathew Barzal No John Tavares? No problem. Picking up the talismanic role of the franchise, Barzal has done just that in these Stanley Cup playoffs. From his skill and his skating to his leadership on theRead More →

Looking to avenge their loss in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks the revenge tour has brought the bolts against some familiar opponents. Remember the Lightning’s unceremonial ejection from last year’s playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets? Everyone remembers. Division rival and this year’s president trophy-winning Boston Bruins? Check. Now facing the New York Islanders this team will once again have to prove they have not forgotten the lessons of the past. Front Runner: Embed from Getty Images Andrei Vasilevskiy The big cat is on the prowl for some silverware. Known as one of the quietest players in the Tampa Bay LightningRead More →