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  1. Is there enough talent for expansion?

    Craig Custance

    Shortly after Las Vegas was knighted by the NHL as a legitimate expansion option, the questions of its viability started to roll in. Could another team succeed in the desert? Are there enough hockey fans in Las Vegas to purchase enough season tickets...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  2. Ranking the best coaches available

    Craig Custance

    After firing Dallas Eakins, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said he will transition the coaching job to Todd Nelson, promoted from the American Hockey League. Nelson is a widely respected coach who had success at that level, so he's e...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  3. Reality check on mumps' impact

    Craig Custance

    It was a Friday morning in early November when Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin woke up with the swollen face that's become all too common right now around the NHL. He suspected the problem might be mumps, since teammate Corey Perry ha...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  4. Panthers' success starts with Luongo

    Craig Custance

    One unmistakable sign of a good goaltender is making saves and thriving regardless of the team out front. There are some goalies who put up big seasons, and it's impossible not to suspect that part of the reason is the system or the team. Then, th...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  5. No contract extension yet for Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    DETROIT -- When Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock approached the larger-than-usual group of media following practice on Thursday, he joked, "this ought to be good." And if you're into vehement contract extension denials, he was right. With ...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  6. Sharks stuck in leadership transition

    Craig Custance

    It was the 2003-04 season, and the San Jose Sharks didn't have a permanent captain. During the season, they rotated the C among a group of players, including Patrick Marleau, Mike Ricci, Vincent Damphousse and Alyn McCauley. There was even a co...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  7. Sabres ready for creativity in trade talks

    Craig Custance

    BOCA RATON, Florida -- Standing a few feet from million-dollar yachts on one side and a resort swimming pool on the other during a warm, gorgeous day in south Florida would be paradise for most people. For Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray, however, it di...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  8. NHL: Paul Bissonnette still won't pull any punches

    Craig Custance

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    Story | Conversation | December 10, 2014
  9. The challenges of expansion to Vegas

    Craig Custance

    BOCA RATON, Fla. -- On the way into the Boca Raton Resort conference room for the first day of the NHL's board of governors meetings, a governor was asked about Las Vegas as a potential NHL city. He smiled and joked he'd been scouting the market...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  10. Despite results, Devils support DeBoer

    Craig Custance

    Following Saturday's loss to the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer didn't mince words in his assessment of the game. He pointedly explained that the Capitals' power play was better than the Devils' power play. And that th...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  11. Joseph Ruff pleads guilty to extortion of NHL forward Thomas Vane...

    Craig Custance

    New York bookie Joseph Ruff pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to an extortion conspiracy that included extorting a $230,000 payment from Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek, Ruff's lawyer Matt Parrinello confirmed with ESPN.com.

    Story | Conversation | December 05, 2014
  12. Valuing leadership in the age of analytics

    Craig Custance

    Like any red-blooded human about to make his NHL debut, Jason Demers had nerves going into his first game. Five years and 305 NHL games later, he still recalls the impact of former San Jose Sharks teammate Rob Blake, who helped calm Demers down back ...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  13. Impact of an uncertain cap for 2015-16

    Craig Custance

    This is what it has come to for NHL teams trying to project next season's salary cap: At least one team has had conversations with currency speculators to come up with the most accurate picture of where the Canadian dollar is headed in order to make ...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  14. The secret to Halak's new success

    Craig Custance

    It's the first day of December, and the New York Islanders are in first place, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the top of the Metropolitan Division, with 34 points. The Penguins have a game in hand, but still. What a turnaround. Those 34 po...

    Blog | December 01, 2014
  15. Top 20 UFAs for 2015

    Craig Custance

    When Jason Spezza signed his four-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars worth $7.5 million per season, the initial thought was that it seemed high for a player on the downside of his career. All it took was a quick glance at the 2015 fre...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  16. Bylsma's wait might not be much longer

    Craig Custance

    When Dan Bylsma was working in the AHL and the parent club Pittsburgh Penguins needed something, he typically heard from former Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher. So when he saw a phone call coming from Ray Shero, a call that led to his hirin...

    Blog | November 24, 2014