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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. Top 25 unrestricted free agents

    Craig Custance

    By now, you've heard. It's not a great free agent class. The NHL's general managers are expected to be active on the trade front over the next few weeks, in part because there's not a lot of help in free agency. That's what happens when teams put suc...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. NHL - The seven deadly sins of NHL roster construction

    Craig Custance

    Players and prospects weren't the only things savvy teams should have picked up from the 2013 trade deadline. Craig Custance points out several critical errors GMs should avoid when building their teams.

    Blog | Conversation | April 10, 2013
  6. 10 biggest trade deadline targets -- NHL

    Craig Custance

    With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, Craig Custance identifies the top available targets.

    Blog | Conversation | April 02, 2013
  7. NHL - Jarome Iginla shows why Calgary Flames, rebuilds can't wait...

    Craig Custance

    The minimal return the Calgary Flames procured for star winger Jarome Iginla illustrates why teams can't wait to spin off their most valuable assets ... and why the Flames need to trade Jay Bouwmeester now.

    Blog | Conversation | March 28, 2013
  8. NHL - Sabres, Flyers, Wings, Wild among teams facing goalie uncer...

    Craig Custance

    As the trade deadline approaches, rumors continue to circle the Calgary crease, although those in Vancouver seem to be quieting. But throughout the NHL, there are more than a few crease situations that could be called into question in the days ahead.

    Blog | Conversation | March 27, 2013
  9. NHL - Corey Perry, Daniel Alfredsson among top potential rental p...

    Craig Custance

    With the trade deadline less than a month away, Craig Custance evaluates the top 20 potential rental players that could find themselves on the trade block.

    Blog | Conversation | March 07, 2013
  10. NHL - Jarome Iginla's future just one of many big questions if se...

    Craig Custance

    While there is new hope in the NHL CBA negotiations, Craig Custance looks at some of the unintended consequences of a potential lost season, including some big free agents in front offices and the future of NHL icons Jarome Iginla, Teemu Selanne and more.

    Blog | Conversation | November 05, 2012
  11. NHL - In defense of 'unpopular' contracts

    Craig Custance

    In response to a recent poll of NHL statistical analysts, Craig Custance checks in with NHL coaches and scouts to see how they explain the big contracts issued to Paul Gaustad and Dennis Wideman.

    Blog | Conversation | September 26, 2012
  12. Pressing questions for the stretch run

    Craig Custance

    For the last month, the biggest questions in the NHL centered around the trade deadline. The trade rumors were passed from star player to star player, starting with Bobby Ryan and ending with Rick Nash. At one point, I joked with Ryan Suter, sugge...

    Blog | February 29, 2012
  13. NHL - Pressing questions for the stretch run

    Craig Custance

    As the trade deadline dust settles, Craig Custance surveys the league to see which lingering questions will be answered in the month to come.

    Blog | Conversation | February 29, 2012
  14. Trades that shaped the All-Star Game

    Craig Custance

    Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has a number of theories, including this one: "Most trades cannot be evaluated with a stopwatch. You need a calendar." But a pretty good indication that a trade is working out is if the guy you received is playing ...

    Blog | January 26, 2012
  15. Six trades that shaped the NHL All-Star Game

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance looks at the six trades that helped shape this season's All-Star Game, including the deal that sent Phil Kessel from Boston to Toronto.

    Blog | Conversation | January 26, 2012
  16. As trade deadline approaches, captains not eager to bail - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that there are several team captains being mentioned in trade deadline speculation, but that dealing these players isn't always easy. In general, even the captains on struggling teams aren't eager to switch uniforms.

    Blog | Conversation | January 19, 2012