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  1. Is Callahan part of the Lightnings future?

    Craig Custance

    Just like that, it's over. Four games lost to the Montreal Canadiens, and one of the most fascinating seasons in recent Tampa Bay Lightning history is done. This season, we saw Ben Bishop emerge as one of the league's best goalies. Jon Cooper was...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  2. Predicting the Olympic medal winners

    Craig Custance

    Best Olympic forward groups | Defensemen | Goalies The way Peter Budaj put it, the Sochi Olympics men's hockey tournament is wide open. Yes, he and everybody else will concede that the Canadians, Russians and Swedes come with a little extra firepo...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  3. Ranking the best Olympic goalie groups

    Craig Custance

    In ranking the Olympic contenders positionally, Team Canada had a stranglehold at forward and on defense. Only twice did a player, coach or executive in our very unscientific poll suggest a country at the top other than Canada for those positions. ...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  4. Ten predictions for the second half

    Craig Custance

    We'd be willing to forgive a little rust. You would expect that a goalie who misses significant time to injury would need a period -- or even a full game -- to get the timing back. Yet twice this week we've seen two of the best goalies in the game dr...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  5. Tuukka Rask for the Hart Trophy?

    Craig Custance

    What's a good emergency goalie plan in Chicago? When will the Panthers be relevant? Which goalie has the best shot at the Hart Trophy? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. If you want to be featured in next week's mailbag, send in your qu...

    Blog | November 22, 2013
  6. Who plays best with, against No. 2 goalies?

    Craig Custance

    Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper was hanging out at the team hotel in San Jose on Wednesday evening with a couple of minutes to spare, so he agreed to help analyze data mined on NHL backup goaltenders this season. The NHL's goalie tandems we...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  7. Viktor Fasth's path to the NHL

    Craig Custance

    DETROIT -- He was one of the best stories of the shortened regular season. Anaheim Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth came over from Sweden as an unknown to most hockey fans, but his anonymity didn't last long. When you earn wins in eight of your first n...

    Blog | May 06, 2013
  8. 2013 NHL Playoffs - Viktor Fasth paving the way for more European...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that Viktor Fasth's path from Sweden to the NHL might pave the way for more Europeans free agents.

    Blog | Conversation | May 06, 2013
  9. In Nashville, adios for Anders Lindback?

    Craig Custance

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For teams that need to add a goalie this summer, the best options won't come through unrestricted free agency. It's in the young crop of restricted free agents where the best options reside. That's nothing new. The ...

    Blog | April 13, 2012
  10. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Nashville Predators G Anders Lindback...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance looks at the goalie situation in Nashville and sees a backup goalie more valuable to the Predators on the trading block than on the bench behind star Pekka Rinne.

    Blog | Conversation | April 13, 2012
  11. Radulov's impact on Predators

    Craig Custance

    In a season that has the potential to turn into the best in franchise history, the Nashville Predators front office has masterfully handled each major decision as they've happened. They secured their franchise goalie for the next seven years, an...

    Blog | March 22, 2012
  12. Nashville Predators look to continue positive momentum with retur...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that momentum is heading in a positive direction in Nashville, and the Predators are hoping the addition of Alexander Radulov can help spark a playoff run that will convince Ryan Suter and Shea Weber to stick around.

    Blog | Conversation | March 22, 2012
  13. NHL - Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is having an epic season in D...

    Craig Custance

    In ESPN The Magazine, Craig Custance writes that Jimmy Howard is having one of the best seasons ever for a Detroit goalie. So how about a little recognition?

    Story | Conversation | January 23, 2012
  14. 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame -- A look at inductee Mark Howe

    Craig Custance

    Sure, growing up as Gordie Howe's son comes with its privileges and pressures. But Mark Howe developed into one of the NHL's best two-way defensemen all on his own.

    Story | Conversation | November 10, 2011