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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Changes ahead for key Cup contenders

    Craig Custance

    The teams knocked out in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs were a who's who of preseason Stanley Cup favorites. When the dust settled, the Penguins, Red Wings, Sharks, Blackhawks, Bruins and Canucks were all heading home for the s...

    Blog | June 26, 2012
  8. 2012 NHL Free Agency - Changes ahead for Penguins, Wings, other C...

    Craig Custance

    Despite a thin free-agent crop, several strong Cup contenders may undergo some drastic offseason changes. Craig Custance examines the potential upcoming moves for the Penguins, Wings, Canucks and Sharks.

    Blog | Conversation | June 26, 2012
  9. 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
  10. 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