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  1. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  2. Better dynasty contender: Chicago or LA?

    Craig Custance

    It's natural when a team in this era wins its second Stanley Cup in three years that the question immediately becomes about the franchise's place in history. It happened last spring when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to become the ...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  3. Blackhawks facing first adversity of season

    Craig Custance

    DETROIT -- This was the slap in the face, the splash of cold water. Not necessarily one the Chicago Blackhawks needed, but one they knew was coming. During any long playoff run for a Stanley Cup contender, there are moments when a big shove back f...

    Blog | May 20, 2013
  4. Blues face trade deadline decisions

    Craig Custance

    The trade deadline will be a crucial time for Central Division contenders. The future of one of the Nashville Predators' most important players in franchise history could be decided. The Chicago Blackhawks are aggressively looking for an impact ...

    Blog | February 02, 2012
  5. St. Louis Blues facing difficult trade deadline decisions - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the St. Louis Blues are heading into a challenging stretch of their schedule and may soon be forced to face some tricky trade deadline decisions.

    Blog | Conversation | February 02, 2012
  6. Winnipeg Jets starting to look like playoff contenders - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the Winnipeg Jets, on the strength of an impressive home record, are beginning to look like playoff contenders. They'll have a chance to prove it over the next several weeks.

    Blog | Conversation | December 09, 2011
  7. NHL - With Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne approaching fre...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance looks at the upcoming season for the Nashville Predators, one that will have major implications on the club's future. With three franchise players nearing free agency, Nashville must prove that it is a legitimate contender.

    Blog | Conversation | October 06, 2011
  8. NHL Preview 2011-12 - ESPN The Magazine - Washington Capitals, Va...

    Craig Custance

    The Caps and Sharks were among several Cup contenders who overhauled regular-season powerhouses to better position themselves for a title shot. ESPN The Mag's unique projections examine which of the NHL's teams most resembles the past six playoff champs.

    Story | Conversation | September 21, 2011