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  1. 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
  2. Are the Leafs a legitimate contender?

    Craig Custance

    Randy Carlyle had to know what he was doing. When you're the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you know full well that everything you say will be scrutinized to the extreme. Especially when it's perceived as criticism following a loss. On Tuesday ...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  3. Flyers emerging as dark-horse contender

    Craig Custance

    There's a belief that the Philadelphia Flyers would be among the last teams the Pittsburgh Penguins want to face in the first round (or any round) of the Eastern Conference playoffs. That theory was bolstered this weekend. The Flyers swept a home-...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  4. Grading the Olympic contenders

    Craig Custance

    T.J. Oshie is arguably the most popular athlete in America right now. Canada is working itself into a panic over the lack of production from Sidney Crosby and his linemates, despite earning eight of a possible nine standings points in preliminary rou...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Ranking the Olympic defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    It's only been four years since the last Olympic games, but the blue line groups of some of the biggest gold-medal contenders will look dramatically different this time around. Each of the favorites -- Canada, Russia, Sweden and the U.S. -- has lost ...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  7. Capitals are Cup contenders despite flaws

    Craig Custance

    He took the ice Friday with his teammates at the Capitals' morning skate, but by the time you looked for him again, he was gone. Mike Green is hurt again, this injury being described as a contusion, and based on the way he carefully and gingerly exit...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  8. NHL - Resurgence of Jaroslav Halak makes the St. Louis Blues a co...

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance offers a look into the resurgence of Jaroslav Halak, who makes the St. Louis Blues a contender and is driving up his offseason price tag.

    Blog | Conversation | October 10, 2013
  9. 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
  10. 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Rivals scout the Boston Bruins - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance talks to Boston's rivals to scout out how to beat the Bruins in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | April 28, 2013
  11. NHL - Are the San Jose Sharks contenders or not?

    Craig Custance

    Every season there comes a time when the Sharks look like world beaters ... and then the playoffs start and San Jose's season is cut short of a Cup. Can this year be any different? Craig Custance explores the question.

    Blog | Conversation | April 11, 2013
  12. NHL - Columbus Blue Jackets among five teams with hardest trade d...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance explores five teams facing tough buy-or-sell decisions as the trade deadline approaches, topped by a Blue Jackets team that suddenly appears to be a playoff contender.

    Blog | Conversation | April 01, 2013
  13. NHL - How Bruins, Rangers, Canadiens respond to Penguins moves

    Craig Custance

    In the wake of the acquisition of Jarome Iginla by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Craig Custance examines how other Eastern Conference contenders can try to keep up as the trade deadline approaches.

    Blog | Conversation | March 29, 2013
  14. NHL - New York Rangers face decisions on trade, coaching fronts

    Craig Custance

    The Rangers were supposed to be Stanley Cup contenders and instead they're sputtering out of the playoff race. As the trade deadline approaches, Craig Custance examines some of the key options available to them.

    Blog | Conversation | March 25, 2013
  15. Top trade needs for playoff contenders

    Craig Custance

    Everything about the Anders Lindback trade suggested that Tampa GM Steve Yzerman made one of the shrewdest offseason moves. After enduring a season of ugly goaltending, he addressed it decisively in June by sending three draft picks to the Predators ...

    Blog | March 04, 2013
  16. NHL - Top trade needs for playoff contenders

    Craig Custance

    As the trade deadline approaches, Craig Custance examines some key needs for playoff contenders. While Anders Lindback hasn't been the immediate answer for the Bolts, Tampa appears committed to him ... for now at least.

    Blog | Conversation | March 04, 2013