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  1. Comeback win masks Kings' concerns

    Craig Custance

    It was a win that was vintage Los Angeles Kings. Against the Vancouver Canucks, a team the Kings are jostling with for the No. 2 spot in the Pacific Division, Thursday night's 3-2 comeback win had all the elements you'd expect from a Kings victory. ...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  2. Reality check on mumps' impact

    Craig Custance

    It was a Friday morning in early November when Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin woke up with the swollen face that's become all too common right now around the NHL. He suspected the problem might be mumps, since teammate Corey Perry ha...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  3. Examining Stephen Weiss' revival

    Craig Custance

    During the 2011-12 season, the last time Stephen Weiss played 80 games, the Detroit Red Wings forward took 1,469 faceoffs -- a total that put him in the top 10 in the league. He won 53.2 percent of those faceoffs, a success rate topped only by Jason ...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  4. Impact of an uncertain cap for 2015-16

    Craig Custance

    This is what it has come to for NHL teams trying to project next season's salary cap: At least one team has had conversations with currency speculators to come up with the most accurate picture of where the Canadian dollar is headed in order to make ...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  5. Top 20 UFAs for 2015

    Craig Custance

    When Jason Spezza signed his four-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars worth $7.5 million per season, the initial thought was that it seemed high for a player on the downside of his career. All it took was a quick glance at the 2015 fre...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  6. Bylsma's wait might not be much longer

    Craig Custance

    When Dan Bylsma was working in the AHL and the parent club Pittsburgh Penguins needed something, he typically heard from former Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher. So when he saw a phone call coming from Ray Shero, a call that led to his hirin...

    Blog | November 24, 2014
  7. Isles benefit from Boychuk's improvement

    Craig Custance

    The theory among scouts and executives regarding Nick Leddy was that once the talented 23-year-old defenseman escaped the depths of the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup, he would blossom in a bigger role. It's one of the reasons New York Islanders general ...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Ranking the top 10 forward groups

    Craig Custance

    The final opening-night rosters turned in by NHL teams Tuesday showed a continued evolution at forward. The notion of a top six and bottom six is starting to disappear. The best teams have three skilled lines that are almost interchangeable and a fou...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Hayes has opportunity in New York

    Craig Custance

    The prospect tournaments wrapping up this week can be a hard place for the untrained eye to do true talent evaluations. There's a wide range of skill and a wide range of ages. When a 6-foot-3, 22-year-old forward looks good out there -- like New Y...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  14. Players weigh in on advanced analytics

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK - When you get a parade of NHL stars coming through the office, like was the case at the NHL's annual media event in New York, it's good business to prepare questions to ask everyone, to get a cross section of the league on trending issues. ...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  15. Chasing the Kings: Central Division

    Craig Custance

    The champion may reside in the Pacific Division, but its biggest group of challengers is in the Central. While the Los Angeles Kings spent the summer just trying to retain their talent, on and off the ice, the clubs in the Central ramped up the aggre...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  16. Choosing NHL's top franchise player

    Craig Custance

    The beauty of those working in hockey is that their passion for the sport runs just as high as those who cheer on the teams. It's the middle of the summer, and even while some were relaxing at a cottage or in the mountains, they took a moment to answ...

    Blog | July 30, 2014