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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. Trade grades: Jason Spezza to Stars

    Craig Custance

    The deal Stars get: Jason Spezza, Ludwig Karlsson Senators get: Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and 2015 second-round pick Dallas Stars: A+ When GM Jim Nill first arrived in Dallas, his immediate priority was strengthening ...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  3. Trade grades: Ryan Kesler to Anaheim

    Craig Custance

    The deal Ducks get: Ryan Kesler, Vancouver's third-round pick in 2015 draft Canucks get: Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, the 24th overall pick in the 2014 draft and Anaheim's third-round pick in 2014 Anaheim Ducks: A The Ducks went into ...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  4. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: Top 10 Stanley Cup finals in the l...

    Craig Custance

    The Kings-Rangers series is such a doozy that it prompted us to rank the top 10 series from the past 20 years. ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance takes it on.

    Story | Conversation | June 08, 2014
  5. The NHL's Vegas expansion plans

    Craig Custance

    Gary Bettman's recent visit to Seattle became big news when word got out he was in town. Later, he'd explain that he was just in the neighborhood, attending playoff games in California, and wanted to see exactly what the latest was with Chris Hansen'...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  6. Where Vigneault makes his biggest impact

    Craig Custance

    New York Rangers defenseman John Moore paused to find the right answer. He was asked to recall a moment the Rangers experienced that would exemplify the way they played under coach Alain Vigneault -- one they might not have made with a different man ...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  7. Penguins could target Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    With coach Dan Bylsma facing a very uncertain future in Pittsburgh, there is one coach who should lead the wish list for Pittsburgh Penguins fans if the ax does fall. Mike Babcock -- the ultimate hire. The Detroit Red Wings' coach has two Olymp...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. What's next for Predators, Trotz?

    Craig Custance

    It will be strange seeing someone other than Barry Trotz coaching the Nashville Predators next season, and equally strange seeing Trotz coaching a team other than the Nashville Predators. One is a certainty, with the Predators announcing today ...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Mapping Canucks' uncertain future

    Craig Custance

    As teams are eliminated from the 2014 postseason, the focus shifts to next season, and we'll be examining some of the teams expected to have the most interesting summers. Here's an early look at the Vancouver Canucks' offseason priorities, projected ...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  15. What's next for the Vancouver Canucks?

    Craig Custance

    We'll get more clarity over what comes next in Vancouver when Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini meets with the local media on Wednesday morning, but this much we know: team president and GM Mike Gillis is out. Head coach John Tortorella is still a...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  16. Which players will be Selke finalists?

    Craig Custance

    Who should win the Selke? Is Ryan McDonagh ready to be in the Norris conversation? How many goals will Gustav Nyquist score next year? All this and more in this week's mailbag. If you have any questions for next week, send them in right here. Darr...

    Blog | March 28, 2014