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  1. How the Kings prepare for Cup defense

    Craig Custance

    This group of Los Angeles Kings is one that seems to enjoy a challenge. Such as entering the playoffs as a No. 8 seed and winning it all, as they did in 2012. Or dropping three games to start the first round before waking up and beating the San Jose ...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  2. The challenges in a Callahan deal

    Craig Custance

    New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is doing his best to make sure this doesn't become a distraction. On Friday, he made it clear that despite reports that the Rangers along with his agent were potentially shopping him elsewhere, New York was wher...

    Blog | February 03, 2014
  3. espnW -- Team USA hockey Amanda Kessel ready for Olympic challeng...

    Craig Custance

    After earning an NCAA title and world championship in 2013, Amanda Kessel is now fixated on Olympic gold.

    Story | Conversation | January 30, 2014
  4. Ranking the best Olympic special teams

    Craig Custance

    One of the challenges of succeeding in a short tournament like the Olympics is getting immediate success on special teams. Not only do you need to develop chemistry and timing in short order, you also have to quickly straighten out things like termin...

    Blog | January 14, 2014
  5. The challenge of RFA negotiations

    Craig Custance

    A couple years ago, a GM was asked about the contract status of one of his restricted free agents in early summer. You know how it goes, he answered, these things don't get done until training camp is close. A deadline, in this case, is a power...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  6. NHL - The challenge of RFA negotiations

    Craig Custance

    A couple years ago, a GM was asked about the contract status of one of his restricted free agents in early summer. You know how it goes, he answered, these things don't get done until training camp is close. A deadline, in this case, is a powerful th...

    Blog | Conversation | September 16, 2013
  7. 2013 NHL Playoffs - Blues have work cut out re-signing D-men Alex...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance examines the St. Louis Blues' offseason blue-line challenge, writing that GM Doug Armstrong has his work cut out in upcoming contract negotiations with rising defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk.

    Blog | Conversation | June 10, 2013
  8. 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
  9. 2013 NHL Playoffs - The impact of Justin Abdelkader's hit

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance examines the impact of Justin Abdelkader's hit on the playoff series between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks.

    Blog | Conversation | May 05, 2013
  10. NHL - Mounting roster challenges for the Detroit Red Wings

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance dives into his mailbag to answer readers who raise concerns about the Detroit Red Wings' roster challenges, and he examines whether the Florida Panthers should select Nathan MacKinnon if they land the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

    Blog | Conversation | April 26, 2013
  11. NHL - Inside the Ottawa Senators' coming crease battle

    Craig Custance

    While Craig Anderson figures to have the starting job under wraps in Ottawa -- young netminders Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner figure to challenge for the right to be his successor. And Lehner's early returns in the AHL seem to give him an early lead.

    Blog | Conversation | November 06, 2012
  12. NHL -- Lockout hits North American goalies hard

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the ongoing NHL lockout presents unique challenges for North American goaltenders.

    Blog | Conversation | October 16, 2012
  13. Bryzgalov locking in for stretch run

    Craig Custance

    BOCA RATON, Fla. -- On Tuesday, when chatting about his goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren started listing all the challenges Bryzgalov faced when he made the transition from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Flyers. Besides the pre...

    Blog | March 14, 2012
  14. Ilya Bryzgalov setting torrid pace in March - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that Philadelphia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has finally settled in with the Flyers and is setting a torrid pace in March -- just in time for the team's stretch run. Plus, the debate among GMs over Alexander Radulov's potential return.

    Blog | Conversation | March 14, 2012
  15. More changes may be ahead for Blues

    Craig Custance

    One of the biggest challenges Davis Payne found in his first NHL coaching job was managing all the different players and their individual issues while at the same time trying to guide an entire team. On Sunday evening, Payne found out his short tenur...

    Blog | November 07, 2011
  16. St. Louis Blues may make more changes after Davis Payne firing

    Craig Custance

    After Davis Payne's first head-coaching job was cut short Sunday, the message in St. Louis is clear: Players must perform under new coach Ken Hitchcock, or they, too, could be heading out of town.

    Blog | Conversation | November 07, 2011