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  1. Top 10 draft classes of the past 10 years

    Craig Custance

    There's a theory in hockey when it comes to the draft. Get two NHL players out of a draft class and you're doing pretty well. Hit on three and you're ahead of the game. Four? You could be building a dynasty if they're impact players. Teams that mi...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  2. Wild should extend Yeo, consider Vanek

    Craig Custance

    There was significant growth. The Minnesota Wild made the playoffs for the second consecutive season, and after losing convincingly to the Chicago Blackhawks last year, upset the Colorado Avalanche this year, then pushed Chicago further than most any...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  3. Washington Capitals' trade deadline plans

    Craig Custance

    Alex Ovechkin felt compelled to apologize for his team's performance in the Olympics. Nicklas Backstrom had to sit out the gold-medal game because of a doping violation. John Carlson's Americans were embarrassed in the bronze-medal game. Yeah, the...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  4. Will Wild or Leafs halt skid first?

    Craig Custance

    Following Saturday's loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle made a comment that was quite telling for a team that has been a statistical anomaly this season. It was a comment that confirmed the argument of advanced st...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  5. Mailbag: Coaches on the hot seat

    Craig Custance

    After a summer hiatus, the Friday NHL mailbag is back. It's hockey season. We'll mix in some of the new questions and reach into the offseason bag for some of the best I missed. If you have a question for next week's mailbag, send it i...

    Blog | October 11, 2013
  6. NHL - Custance Friday mailbag on Wild early struggles, Bruins goa...

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance dives into his mailbag for the first Q&A of the 2013-14 season, including a question on which coach is on the hottest seat right now.

    Blog | Conversation | October 11, 2013
  7. NHL - Kris Letang, Roberto Luongo among top trade candidates

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance gives 10 big names who could be moved over the weekend, including Kris Letang and Roberto Luongo.

    Blog | Conversation | June 28, 2013
  8. 2013 NHL free agency - Montreal Canadiens among five fits for Vin...

    Craig Custance

    With the Lightning buying out Vinny Lecavalier, Craig Custance takes a look at where he could land.

    Blog | Conversation | June 27, 2013
  9. 2013 NHL Draft - Patrick Roy, Avs acknowledge D woes, lean toward...

    Craig Custance

    Patrick Roy knows the NHL draft can be a bit of a crapshoot. He lived it. In 1984, 50 picks were made before the Canadiens selected him in the third round at No. 51. 22 years later, he was in the Hall of Fame. Armed with the No. 1 overall pick in h...

    Blog | Conversation | June 25, 2013
  10. Goaltending tops Wild's offseason priorities

    Craig Custance

    Matt Cullen is a hockey fan as much as he is a hockey player. He's not one of those guys who get eliminated from the playoffs and then stop watching. He's into these playoffs. Like all of us, he was astonished by Gregory Campbell finishing ...

    Blog | June 07, 2013
  11. 2013 NHL Offseason - Minnesota Wild prep for summer of intrigue

    Craig Custance

    After netting Ryan Suter and Zach Parise last summer, the Minnesota Wild face a new challenge in 2013 -- advancing their team as a Cup contender despite salary cap constraints. As free agency creeps closer, priority No. 1 will be goaltending.

    Blog | Conversation | June 07, 2013
  12. NHL - Sabres, Flyers, Wings, Wild among teams facing goalie uncer...

    Craig Custance

    As the trade deadline approaches, rumors continue to circle the Calgary crease, although those in Vancouver seem to be quieting. But throughout the NHL, there are more than a few crease situations that could be called into question in the days ahead.

    Blog | Conversation | March 27, 2013
  13. NHL - Where do Washington Capitals turn now?

    Craig Custance

    Caught between an owner's belief that the Caps can win now and a reality in which early losses have made the playoffs a long shot, GM George McPhee must decide which direction to turn for the rest of this season: Deal to win now? Or play the long game?

    Blog | Conversation | February 07, 2013
  14. Washington Capitals facing big questions this offseason - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the Washington Capitals are facing several big questions this offseason, including whom the team will target to be its next coach.

    Blog | Conversation | May 15, 2012
  15. Which suspensions, injuries hurt most?

    Craig Custance

    Supplementary discipline has become the story of the the playoffs. In Detroit last night, the Red Wings and Predators were playing in a crucial Game 4 when word spread that former Red Wings and current Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa had left on a st...

    Blog | April 18, 2012
  16. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Weighing the series impact of playoff...

    Craig Custance

    With injuries and suspensions dominating the NHL's playoff storylines, Craig Custance examines which player absences have (and will hurt) the most as teams continue to chase the Stanley Cup.

    Blog | Conversation | April 18, 2012