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  1. If Kings win, Drew Doughty is the MVP

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was having a phone conversation with Bobby Orr when the conversation shifted to defensemen, and just how critical having a great one is to winning a championship. Championship teams need a goalie who makes save...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  2. Mike Richards finding game at right time

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK -- Talk to Mike Richards' teammates with the Los Angeles Kings, and inevitably the conversation moves to the conclusion that he's a winner. He has won at every level. He's got a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a Stan...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  3. Which players will be Selke finalists?

    Craig Custance

    Who should win the Selke? Is Ryan McDonagh ready to be in the Norris conversation? How many goals will Gustav Nyquist score next year? All this and more in this week's mailbag. If you have any questions for next week, send them in right here. Darr...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  4. Lehtonen's growth key to Stars' success

    Craig Custance

    One of the first conversations between Lindy Ruff and Dallas Stars goalie coach Mike Valley centered around Kari Lehtonen, a goalie with whom Ruff was still familiarizing himself. "How's his puck handling?" Ruff asked Valley. "Average," Valley...

    Blog | November 07, 2013
  5. NHL - Kari Lehtonen the key to Dallas Stars' success in 2013-14

    Craig Custance

    One of the most indispensable goalies in the NHL, Kari Lehtonen's continued growth is paramount to the Dallas Stars' success in 2013-14. Craig Custance breaks down what the netminder must do to stay on track.

    Blog | Conversation | November 07, 2013
  6. 'Special player' Getzlaf powering Ducks

    Craig Custance

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Before these playoffs began, there was a conversation between the previous Anaheim Ducks captain and the current Ducks captain. Scott Niedermayer, now coaching for the Ducks, passed on a bit of advice to Ryan Getzlaf. The messag...

    Blog | May 09, 2013
  7. 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs - Custance: Boudreau lands on feet in A...

    Craig Custance

    Former Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau makes a quick transition to Anaheim and has the Ducks contending, writes Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 08, 2013
  8. Jim Nill's impact in Detroit, future in Dallas

    Craig Custance

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jim Nill is one of those guys with encyclopedia-like knowledge of every prospect playing hockey across the globe. He's the guy, if you spot him at a junior game or some international tournament, you engage in conversation just...

    Blog | April 30, 2013
  9. NHL - Jim Nill's first moves with Dallas Stars

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance looks back at the many accomplishments of Jim Nill during his time with the Wings and focuses on the job that lies ahead as the new GM of the Dallas Stars.

    Blog | Conversation | April 30, 2013
  10. Smaller midseason deals matter in NHL

    Craig Custance

    The first conversation with his former assistant general manager regarding a trade happened about six weeks before the trade deadline. Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman chatted with Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, who made it clear that if the p...

    Blog | February 21, 2013
  11. Why smaller midseason trades matter - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that small midseason deals like defenseman Johnny Oduya to Chicago could have major impacts.

    Blog | Conversation | February 21, 2013
  12. The NHL's biggest storyline for 2013

    Craig Custance

    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The conversations started in April. They continued in May. Then extended into June and July. Ducks GM Bob Murray and Nashville GM David Poile have commiserated often over the course of the last year because no two general manager...

    Blog | January 17, 2013
  13. 2013 NHL Season Preview -- Anaheim Ducks' decisions on Corey Perr...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance breaks down the looming decisions faced by the Anaheim Ducks concerning free agents-to-be Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, a storyline that will dominate the 2013 NHL season.

    Blog | Conversation | January 17, 2013
  14. After CBA, realignment, Olympics linger

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK -- It was a day that was supposed to be about the owners' unanimous approval of the new CBA, but that got blown out of the water quickly. Brian Burke's removal as the general manager of the Maple Leafs dominated every conversation ...

    Blog | January 10, 2013
  15. 2013 NHL Season Preview -- As CBA settles, realignment, Olympics ...

    Craig Custance

    Though the CBA is resolved, realignment and player participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics remain unresolved. Craig Custance examines both issues, the impact of the Brian Burke firing on the trade market and more from the Board of Governors meeting.

    Blog | Conversation | January 10, 2013
  16. What if every player was a free agent?

    Craig Custance

    The first time decertification and its possible fallout was posed to me came during a conversation with an agent who was already fed up with the lockout, during its infancy. It all seemed like a fantasyland as he explained what would happen if the pl...

    Blog | December 19, 2012