If you thought the National Hockey League would go quietly into the Las Vegas desert after the award show you’re sadly mistaken. Some of the 4th Line writers got together and looked at some pending unrestricted free agents and what may be the best/most logical fit for them when free agency opens on July 1st.  Without further ado… Joe Thornton – Joe A 37 year old veteran may not seem like a hot commodity but when it comes to “Jumbo” Joe Thornton there will be a feeding frenzy. The smart move here would be for teams to try and sign him to a one yearRead More →

It’s that time of year again and it’s time for the age old debate. Does Chris Osgood deserve to be selected into the Hockey Hall Of Fame? The easy response is no. It’s been three years since Osgood became eligible and it hasn’t happen yet. I’m here to tell you the correct answer is yes. Embed from Getty Images Chris Osgood was drafted 54th overall in the third round of the 1991 NHL entry draft. He made his NHL debut during the 1993-1994 season playing 41 games. In the that span Osgood went 23-8-5 recording a 2.86 GAA and a .895 SV%. Chris Osgood’s firstRead More →

It’s been 26 years since the Detroit Red Wings have had a top ten draft pick. In 1991 the Wings selected Martin Lapointe at number ten. Lapointe retired from the NHL nine years ago and his son just committed to the University of Michigan.  Needless to say, stress levels in Hockeytown are high and a new era is about to begin. Embed from Getty Images Michael Rasmussen Standing at 6’6, 215 lbs the Detroit Red Wings selected Michael Rasmussen with the 9th pick of the 2017 NHL entry draft. Rasmussen from Surrey, BC Canada is an 18 year old centerman from the WHL’s Tri-city Americans.Read More →

The 4th Line Podcast is a weekly hockey podcast hosted by Carl Landra and Joel Schnell. Every week they share their unique and fun take on what is happening in the world of hockey. While they don’t take themselves too seriously, they have a typical no 4th line attitude: what they lack in finesse, they make for in being willing to go to the corners and work hard to get the job done. Who are Carl and Joel? Carl comes from Calgary, AB. His facial hair of choice is a mustache. His team of choice is the Colorado Avalanche and his smoked meat of choice isRead More →

In a pillaging the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the Vikings ransacked England in 793; the Vegas Golden Knights ran roughshod across the NHL in their expansion draft. The war was fought across the battlefield of Twitter, and the existing teams were forced to offer tributes, like some weird, ice-based Hunger Games. On a balmy Wednesday night in Las Vegas, General George McPhee‘s forces swept in, conscripting a team and forcing them to wear gaudy armor. From that night came winners and losers: some teams hold their heads high, others, like this metaphor, have been left in disarray. Winners Marc-Andre Fleury Embed fromRead More →

In the 2017-18 season Adidas is now the official supplier of jerseys for the NHL, and with that comes brand new jerseys for all 31 teams in the league. With new sweaters for everyone, that means that they won’t all be hits. Certainly, some teams uniforms change slightly, while some had more dramatic changes. But in the end, which are good and which are not? You can decide for yourself, as we play a game of “Hot or Not”! For these images and more for the rest of the teams, head to NHL.com. Detroit Red Wings Joe – Not New building, new core, same oldRead More →

The guys are back as they wrap up game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, including: – Does the early whistle missed goal matter? – Who should have won the Conn Smythe? They then take a look at the news of the week leading up to the NHL expansion draft, touching on: – The buyouts of Dan Girardi, Simon Despres and Francois Beauchemin – The Jonathon Drouin for Mikhail Sergachev trade – The NHL protected lists and who both Carl and Joel think will be chosen by the Vegas Golden Knights Lastly, they give some thoughts on who will win some of the awards inRead More →

When it was announced that Las Vegas was getting a new franchise, the first thing many thought of was: Expansion Draft! And that time is finally here. On Wednesday, June 21st during the NHL Awards ceremony the Vegas Golden Knights will have their roster officially announced. The entire list of players available to Vegas can be found on the NHL website. The Knights have to pick at least 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goaltenders from the other 30 NHL teams. Embed from Getty Images Joe Martini, Kyle Willaert, Mike Laybourne, and special guest, Managing Editor of Wings Nation, Mr. Nick Seguin, are here toRead More →