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  1. Chasing the Kings: Metropolitan Division

    Craig Custance

    The Pacific may be the home of the defending champs, and the Central may be the league's deepest and strongest division. But no division comes with more intrigue than the Metropolitan, a division where nearly every team can make the playoffs. Or not....

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  2. Summer trending: Metro Division

    Craig Custance

    Mikhail Grabovski has long had fans in the advanced stats community. He's a guy who drives possession on bad possession teams, which earns him points in the world of analytics. New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano was won over by Grabovski and cl...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  3. The best of what's left in free agency

    Craig Custance

    Last summer, Mason Raymond didn't sign his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs until Sept. 23. He went on to score 19 goals and got a three-year deal with the Calgary Flames on July 1. Ron Hainsey completed his deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on ...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  4. Future deals impacted by Toews, Kane

    Craig Custance

    The new deals for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews make them the highest paid players in the NHL on an annual-average basis. How long will that last? That's up for debate. The Kane and Toews contracts came in right about where you'd expect. What...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  5. Top 10 draft classes of the past 10 years

    Craig Custance

    There's a theory in hockey when it comes to the draft. Get two NHL players out of a draft class and you're doing pretty well. Hit on three and you're ahead of the game. Four? You could be building a dynasty if they're impact players. Teams that mi...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  6. Top candidates to replace Bylsma

    Craig Custance

    Jim Rutherford wasted no time making the change, mercifully letting Dan Bylsma go as his first course of action as the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It won't take long for Bylsma to find a job, if that's what he wants to do. The ...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  7. Francis, Hurricanes patient in coach hunt

    Craig Custance

    Even as he was talking, he was getting emails. Lines of communication from those interested in filling the coaching vacancies in Carolina. Since news emerged that Kirk Muller was out as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, new GM Ron Francis has been...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  8. Links from around the rink: April 14

    Doug Mittler

    The NHL regular season came to a close on Sunday and it was Black Monday for Barry Trotz, the league's longest tenured head coach who was told he would not be back for a 16th season with the Nashville Predators. ESPN Insider's Craig Custance takes...

    Blog | April 14, 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. Six hurdles standing between the Pittsburgh Penguins and another ...

    Craig Custance

    In ESPN The Magazine's One Day One Game Issue, Craig Custance writes that Sidney Crosby is healthy, back in MVP form and carrying his wounded team into the playoffs. But is the clock running out for The Kid and the Pens' Stanley Cup hopes?

    Story | Conversation | April 04, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Projecting USA's 2018 Olympic roster

    Craig Custance

    There's no guarantee that NHL players will be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic games, but the impact stateside of Team USA's fourth-place finish, even if it's disappointing, makes a strong case for it. The Olympics draw the attention of casua...

    Blog | February 22, 2014
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Next Question: What's the fix in Philly?

    Craig Custance

    Things can change rapidly in the news cycle of the modern NHL, and on Monday we saw yet another example. Just three games into the 2013-14 season, the Philadelphia Flyers decided to part ways with head coach Peter Laviolette, installing Craig Berube ...

    Blog | October 07, 2013