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  1. 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
  2. Next steps for league expansion

    Craig Custance

    First, let me come clean. I wanted to touch on expansion in this mailbag, and as of Thursday afternoon, there wasn't a single question on it in the mailbag. So I turned to Twitter with my expansion request and you guys didn't disappoint. So, let's st...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Holiday gifts to fill every team's top need

    Craig Custance

    The reality of the salary cap system is that every team has flaws. You have to borrow from one area to strengthen another. General managers have tough choices to make every offseason, and as we get into trade season, it's the time of year some teams ...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  5. The NHL's most impressive players

    Craig Custance

    With the season more than one-quarter complete, we've seen awards and superlatives handed out to those who have been the most impressive. But nobody knows what's going on in the game quite like those on the ice. So as we head into the second quart...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  6. The NHL's All-Underrated Team

    Craig Custance

    In last Friday's mailbag, a fan in California asked for an All-Underrated Team. Hockey is full of players who quietly go about their business without much fanfare, but this season, some of those players have had such remarkable seasons that they...

    Blog | October 31, 2013
  7. NHL - The All-Underrated Team for the 2013-14 season

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance identifies his All Underrated Team, players that have excelled without much fanfare in the 2013-14 season. The New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen is among the forwards.

    Blog | Conversation | October 31, 2013
  8. NHL - Benefit of delaying entry-level deals not enticing teams in...

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance explores why teams are making the decision to keep junior-eligible players in the NHL in 2013-14, and explores what will happen to players like Sean Monahan, Olli Maatta and Valeri Nichushkin.

    Blog | Conversation | October 22, 2013
  9. NHL - Custance Friday mailbag on Wild early struggles, Bruins goa...

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance dives into his mailbag for the first Q&A of the 2013-14 season, including a question on which coach is on the hottest seat right now.

    Blog | Conversation | October 11, 2013
  10. Early-season player usage surprises

    Craig Custance

    Every coach and GM has his own barometer for when he starts making judgments on how the team is shaping up during a season. The Philadelphia Flyers, as we learned, might be the least forgiving. St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock prefers to reach do...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  11. Surprising early-season player usage trends around the NHL

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance examines seven surprising player usage trends in the early portion of the 2013-14 season, including Mikael Backlund, Martin Erat and Mark Fayne.

    Blog | Conversation | October 08, 2013
  12. 20 observations on the Avalanche

    Craig Custance

    DENVER -- This summer, Patrick Roy went to see Semyon Varlamov in Montreal while the Colorado Avalanche starting goalie was training with teammate Jean-Sebastien Giguere and new Avs goalie coach Francois Allaire. Varlamov was coming off a disappointi...

    Blog | September 26, 2013
  13. NHL - 20 observations on the Colorado Avalanche

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance checks in with Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy and others for 20 observations on the team ahead of the 2013-14 season.

    Blog | Conversation | September 26, 2013
  14. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance, Frank Provenzano, Neil Greenberg, Corey Pronman, Robert Vollman and Ryan Schwepfinger rank every NHL team based on how well they're set up for future success.

    Story | Conversation | September 18, 2013
  15. NHL - 2013 mock expansion draft protected teams in West

    Frank Provenzano

    Craig Custance reveals which players in the West would be protected from being selected in a mock NHL expansion draft.

    Story | Conversation | September 11, 2013
  16. 2013 NHL offseason - How Central Division teams are trending

    Craig Custance

    Continuing our look at how teams are trending in the new divisions, we move to the new-look Central. How will the defending champs adapt to their new competition? Central Division Average team point total last season: 53 2012-13 playoff teams...

    Blog | Conversation | July 30, 2013