As we continue our look at how the NHL became the league we see today, the next step on our journey takes us to 1979 when the NHL expanded to absorb four World Hockey Association teams. Before we do that, we’ll pause for a moment to take a brief look at the 12 other WHA teams for whom fate was not so kind. We’ll save the Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets for another time. ‘Forgotten’ is of course a tough word; some of the teams below will live long in hockey memory, others are just a mere blip in the historyRead More →

“Stop signing guys with ‘B’s just cos you’re the Boston Bruins” – Carl Landra You may have heard Carl’s insight into Boston’s problems on episode 115. But what if instead of not signing guys whose surnames start with the letter B, the Bruins only signed them. Is it possible to build a good 20 man roster using just one letter of the alphabet? Would any of the current Boston roster make the team? The below positions are as per NHL.com Embed from Getty Images Based purely on points scored at time of writing, here are Boston’s new forward lines:   Jamie Benn (DAL) – NicklasRead More →

Joel is back this week as the guys open with what to do when you cheer for a team that isn’t your main team. Is it better to watch that team win or a rival lose? They also go through the news of the week, including: Jack Capuano has been fired. What do the New York Islanders do next? Do the Boston Bruins fire coach Claude Julien? What goal songs do you wish players would use How do you save the season for the St. Louis Blues? How do you fix the Dallas Stars? We find out how sad the Colorado Avalanche make Carl thisRead More →

By the time the middle of April arrives, 14 teams’ NHL seasons will have come to an end. For some of those teams it’ll be a hard-fought battle to the end, only to suffer heartbreaking defeat as they miss out on that last wildcard spot. For others, their seasons are effectively already over and have been since before Christmas. For those that aren’t challenging for the Stanley Cup, there is another target on the horizon, but to get it they’ve gotta suck pretty damn hard: tanking to get that first overall draft pick. Winning the draft lottery isn’t ‘winning’ at all. It’s a recognition thatRead More →

Arriving in Minnesota in 2014-15 most considered Devan Dubnyk a lost cause. His performance in St. Paul now has heads turning. As a result, even his fiercest critics are tipping him for Vezina glory. If any goalie has had to learn the hard way, it is Dubnyk. Earning his stripes has come at a tremendous cost, but he has earned every moment. Right now he is definitely one of the league’s best netminders. His career got off to a bumpy start in Edmonton where a dream became a nightmare. Suffering from poor form, playing for his childhood team became an experience to forget. With Oilers fansRead More →

The guys are a man short as Mike Bonn from Scuttlepuck joins Carl this week talking through the goings on of the week, including: – All Star Game roster announcement – Players fighting against their long time teams – How sad do the Avs make Carl? – A recap/preview of the Oilers – How did Gary Bettman screw us this week? – They hand out the midseason awards (Hart, Vezina, Norris, Jack Adams, Calder) They also find out your picks for the Eli Manning of the NHL and pick the Pavel Bure’s of the week. You can find Mike at www.scuttlepuck.com The4thLinePodcast.com Twitter: twitter.com/4thLinePodcast Facebook:Read More →

The guys are back as they start the show by trying to figure out which NHL player has a career that mirrors that of Eli Manning. They also: – wrap up the 2017 World Junior Championships – preview the changes to jerseys next season, including the removal of 3rd jerseys – find out how sad the Avs make Carl, including some trade talk – talk All Star Game captains and pick their own Western division teams – learn how Gary Bettman screwed us this week – relive the Blue Jackets winning streak and decide how they’ll fare the rest of the way – talk who’sRead More →

As discussed on this week’s podcast, next season’s jersey manufacturers Adidas have done away with the third/alternate jersey. This will make it easier to roll out the new jerseys for each team. Those affected will have to face a choice, do they integrate the alternate design into the their home/road jersey? Or do they abandon them altogether? Here are the teams that currently have an alternate jersey (as defined by their official store), and a few thoughts on what should become of them. Anaheim Ducks This gloriously orange jersey with its retro logo needs to stay, it can easily replace the Ducks’ current road jersey.Read More →