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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. NHL - Mailbag - Is it time to panic for Los Angeles Kings, Washin...

    Craig Custance

    With a short season, is it time for the winless Capitals and Kings to panic? Craig Custance explores that topic as he dives into his weekly mailbag.

    Blog | Conversation | January 25, 2013
  10. 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
  11. For Edmonton Oilers it's time to take the next step - NHL

    Craig Custance

    With the Edmonton Oilers making a change behind the bench, Craig Custance looks at other ways the Oil need to reshape themselves to take the next step and become a serious contender.

    Blog | Conversation | May 18, 2012
  12. NHL - Trades the key to Phoenix Coyotes success

    Craig Custance

    The Phoenix Coyotes have dealt with uncertainty and ownership turmoil for years, but as Craig Custance writes, that hasn't kept GM Don Maloney from engineering key deals that have built a contender.

    Blog | Conversation | May 17, 2012
  13. Los Angeles Kings looking to add scoring winger at trade deadline...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance breaks down the Los Angeles Kings' trade deadline strategy, writing that they are looking to add a scoring winger to boost their contender status.

    Blog | Conversation | February 16, 2012
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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