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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. NHL - Lengthy early-season road trips present challenges for Rang...

    Craig Custance

    The Rangers and Lightning seem to be scuffling out of the gates, and lengthy road trips are not helping, writes Craig Custance. Plus, notes from around the league, including Steve Yzerman's thoughts on Detroit possibly joining the Southeast Division.

    Blog | Conversation | October 17, 2011