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  1. Early free agency grades

    Craig Custance

    The opening hours of NHL free agency were truly frenetic, with signings being announced in a flurry shortly after noon ET. Some teams made their mark ahead of time -- the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars made major upgrades down the middle by tradi...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  2. Futa a future GM, just not yet

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- This is how attached Mike Futa gets to the players he helps develop. When the Los Angeles Kings acquired Mike Richards, the veteran center who helped them win their first Stanley Cup, GM Dean Lombardi pulled Futa aside and broke the news. ...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  3. Why Canadiens should stick with Tokarski

    Craig Custance

    The NHL lost its marquee goalie showdown between Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price when the latter was knocked out for the entire Eastern Conference final following the collision with Chris Kreider. Still, there was something just as compelling a...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  4. Iginla worth re-signing for the Bruins

    Craig Custance

    It was the one thing you thought you could count on in these playoffs. The Boston Bruins were so much better than all the other teams in the Eastern Conference that a trip to the conference finals seemed like a formality. As they were marching ...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  5. Teams with GM openings look to Boston

    Craig Custance

    It's wise to hire and promote front-office talent from the smartest and most successful franchises. Those executives know exactly what it takes to win, they've been raised and influenced by successful mentors with championship track records. Time ...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  6. Early playoff exit clouds Miller's future

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- Ryan Miller sat alone in a corner of the visitors dressing room at the United Center, his goalie pads and equipment still on. He was approached for an interview, and shook his head. "Not right now," he said. He wanted to get his pads...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  7. Is Callahan part of the Lightnings future?

    Craig Custance

    Just like that, it's over. Four games lost to the Montreal Canadiens, and one of the most fascinating seasons in recent Tampa Bay Lightning history is done. This season, we saw Ben Bishop emerge as one of the league's best goalies. Jon Cooper was...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  8. Is Colorado's defense Cup-caliber?

    Craig Custance

    They know what people think. They know some people look at their team and admire a group of young forwards whose talent stacks up with any in the league, especially with the unveiling of Nathan MacKinnon in the first two games of the playoffs. The...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  9. Improving the NHL playoff format

    Craig Custance

    When the question was first posed to fans, the response from many was natural: Why fix something that's perfect? NHL playoff hockey is as good a product as there is. A playoff hockey game is better than anything played in March on college basketba...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  10. Looking ahead for the Buffalo Sabres

    Craig Custance

    As each NHL team is eliminated from the 2014 postseason, the focus shifts to 2014-15. Here's an early look at the Buffalo Sabres' offseason priorities, projected lineups for next season, free-agent targets, cap space and more. What happened in 201...

    Blog | March 20, 2014
  11. NHL - Ryan Miller, Paul Stastny among top 25 free agents for 2014...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance takes an early look at the top 25 NHL free agents this upcoming offseason. St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller and Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny lead the list.

    Story | Conversation | March 12, 2014
  12. Trade grades: Halak to the Capitals

    Craig Custance

    The deal Capitals get: G Jaroslav Halak, 2015 third-round pick Sabres get: G Michal Neuvirth, D Rostislav Klesla Buffalo Sabres: B The Sabres need a goalie to team up with Jhonas Enroth until they find their long-term answer, and there ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  13. Trade grades: Matt Moulson to the Wild

    Craig Custance

    The deal Wild get: F Matt Moulson, F Cody McCormick Sabres get: F Torrey Mitchell, 2014 second-round pick, 2016 second-round pick Minnesota Wild: A-minus Of all the rental wingers available, Matt Moulson might be the best fit for a cont...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  14. Trade grades: Ryan Miller to St. Louis

    Craig Custance

    The deal Blues get: G Ryan Miller, F Steve Ott Sabres get: G Jaroslav Halak, F Chris Stewart, F William Carrier (No. 57 pick in 2013 draft), a 2015 first-round pick and a conditional 2016 third-round pick Buffalo Sabres: A This is a hug...

    Blog | February 28, 2014
  15. Top 25 trade targets

    Craig Custance

    We can speculate. We can look at pending unrestricted free agents and make educated guesses. We can talk to those running teams and sense an appetite to make more "hockey trades" than usual. Still, until the NHL's trade deadline expires on March 5...

    Blog | February 25, 2014
  16. Whose stock surged in Sochi?

    Craig Custance

    Every NHL owner fears an injury to his star players sent to compete in the Winter Olympics. But there's a flip side to the John Tavares scenario (a scenario that we discussed this past week). Some players are returning to the NHL this week with mo...

    Blog | February 24, 2014