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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Shanahan's pivotal postseason role

    Craig Custance

    At the end of the Boston Bruins' win over the Washington Capitals last night, Washington center Nicklas Backstrom took exception to Rich Peverley tripping his captain. He retaliated with a cross check to Peverley's head, earning a match pen...

    Blog | April 17, 2012
  10. Brendan Shanahan playing a pivotal role this postseason - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that Brendan Shanahan is playing a pivotal role this postseason, as his decisions to hand out suspensions (or in some cases, to not suspend) can have a major impact on the result of a playoff series.

    Blog | Conversation | April 17, 2012
  11. Five injured players who could tip playoffs

    Craig Custance

    Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero made a calculated gamble at the trade deadline to pass on adding major salary to keep cap space open for his captain Sidney Crosby to return during the regular season. Knowing the unpredictable nature of concussions a...

    Blog | March 07, 2012
  12. NHL - Sidney Crosby tops list of injured players who could impact...

    Craig Custance

    With Sidney Crosby cleared for contact, the Pittsburgh Penguins could get a huge boost headed toward the playoffs. But they aren't the only team waiting on an injured star. Craig Custance examines five players whose return could tilt the playoff races.

    Blog | Conversation | March 07, 2012
  13. Examining trade value of the Washington Capitals' core players - ...

    Craig Custance

    Dale Hunter got the first win under his belt this weekend, but if the Capitals' spiral continues, player changes could be next. If the Caps decide their core is rotten, how would they look on the trade market?

    Blog | Conversation | December 05, 2011