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  1. Checking in on key impending RFAs

    Craig Custance

    There are really two schools of thought when it comes to signing your restricted free agents early, like the Minnesota Wild did over the weekend with Jonas Brodin. Once you're confident you know what you have in a player, like the Wild are with their...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  2. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Which NHL teams are set up for the most success in 2017-18 and beyond? According to our panel of experts, it's the Chicago Blackhawks. Check out the full list, and analysis of each team, in the Future Power Rankings.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2014
  3. Anonymous league insiders rank the 30 starting goaltenders - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance asked 15 anonymous NHL coaches, front office executives and a goal scorer to rate every starting goalie, producing a 1-30 ranking.

    Story | Conversation | October 07, 2014
  4. What does success look like in Pittsburgh?

    Craig Custance

    The Friday mailbag is back -- the surest sign that the hockey season is nearly upon us. As always, your participation in making this one of the most enjoyable parts of my week is greatly appreciated. The questions are often better than the answers, w...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  5. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  6. Johansen pact will have NHL-wide impact

    Craig Custance

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- For two years, the Columbus Blue Jackets have worked hard to build an identity. They're a four-line, everybody-works, blue-collar group where no one player is more important than the team. In 2013-14, the season started w...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  7. 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
  8. The next generation of franchise players

    Craig Custance

    Last week, we shared the results of a poll asking people around hockey the five players they'd pick if they were starting from scratch. It was a fascinating exercise, with Jonathan Toews edging Sidney Crosby for the top spot. Naturally, not everyo...

    Blog | August 07, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Trade market heats up as draft nears

    Craig Custance

    If things go quiet on the negotiating front for teams trying to sign their own free agents, it's understandable. Wednesday begins the interview period in which teams can begin legally contacting the free agents of other teams. If you're a potential f...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  11. How the Conn Smythe will be won

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Before the Stanley Cup finals, last year's Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane had already scored 67 percent of his playoff goals. The previous year, before stopping a single shot against the New Jersey Devils, Jonathan Quick had made 75 p...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  12. Niederreiter key to a Wild turnaround

    Craig Custance

    Last June, Nino Niederreiter was watching the NHL draft because he had a pretty good idea that fellow Switzerland native Mirco Mueller would be taken in the first round, no later than the No. 18 pick held by the San Jose Sharks. He was right about th...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  13. Trotz preparing for the next step

    Craig Custance

    It all changes so fast in the coaching world. One moment you're marveling at the job Adam Oates is doing in reviving the career of Alex Ovechkin, whose production showed signs of slipping. The next, he's fired. One moment you're wondering if Dan...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  14. Johansen decision looms for Columbus

    Craig Custance

    It was an historic campaign for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Their first playoff win. Their first playoff win at home. The first year Columbus fans could legitimately feel confident that the pieces were in place from top to bottom for sustained success...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  15. With loss, pressure building in Pittsburgh

    Craig Custance

    With so many other good storylines and incredible games going on during this Stanley Cup playoff season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been left to compete against the Columbus Blue Jackets without too much scrutiny and glare. That ended Wednesday ...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  16. Ranking postseason goalies

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the postseason underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. On Tuesday, it was the defensemen's turn. Today, here's the ranking of the goalten...

    Blog | April 16, 2014