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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. The top need for every team

    Craig Custance

    On Dec. 27, the NHL's roster freeze is lifted, and general managers can return to trying to address their teams. Moves have been relatively quiet this season, but every day the trade deadline draws closer, the chances we'll see trades increases. ...

    Blog | December 23, 2014
  3. Success in Vegas? Poker star likes odds

    Craig Custance

    Poker star and Las Vegas resident Daniel Negreanu was in Barcelona, Spain, when he first heard about the serious possibility of Las Vegas landing an NHL expansion team. "I saw the rumor and was jumping up and down like a kid. 'We're getting hockey...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  4. Is there enough talent for expansion?

    Craig Custance

    Shortly after Las Vegas was knighted by the NHL as a legitimate expansion option, the questions of its viability started to roll in. Could another team succeed in the desert? Are there enough hockey fans in Las Vegas to purchase enough season tickets...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  5. Ranking the best coaches available

    Craig Custance

    After firing Dallas Eakins, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said he will transition the coaching job to Todd Nelson, promoted from the American Hockey League. Nelson is a widely respected coach who had success at that level, so he's e...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  6. Despite results, Devils support DeBoer

    Craig Custance

    Following Saturday's loss to the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer didn't mince words in his assessment of the game. He pointedly explained that the Capitals' power play was better than the Devils' power play. And that th...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  7. The NHL's least dispensable players

    Craig Custance

    The early portion of the NHL season has come with a stark reminder: If you want to survive the grind of a long season, you'd better have depth. Especially on defense. One by one, defensemen who are critical to the success of their teams are goi...

    Blog | October 28, 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. Chasing the Kings: Pacific Division

    Craig Custance

    In the parity-filled NHL, it's hard enough building a team that stands out from the rest. It's even harder in the Pacific Division, where the Los Angeles Kings overshadow their rivals. GM Dean Lombardi has constructed a team that is near perfect in t...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  11. How P.K. Subban's deal affects RFAs

    Craig Custance

    The new contract for P.K. Subban was announced on a Saturday afternoon. In August. On a holiday weekend in Canada. Because of that, the reaction is just now starting to filter in to Don Meehan and the Newport offices, the agency that masterminded ...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  12. Summer trending: Pacific Division

    Craig Custance

    The past two seasons the Anaheim Ducks have won consecutive Pacific Division titles, including a 116-point regular season last season that was topped only by the Boston Bruins. The postseason success hasn't been there but the team has won enough t...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  13. 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
  14. NHL draft's defenseman drought over?

    Craig Custance

    NHL prospect Aaron Ekblad knows the last defenseman to be drafted No. 1 overall. When asked that bit of trivia, without hesitation, he answers Erik Johnson. The year? "A long time ago," Ekblad said when we chatted at the NHL's draft combine las...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  15. Is Colorado's defense Cup-caliber?

    Craig Custance

    They know what people think. They know some people look at their team and admire a group of young forwards whose talent stacks up with any in the league, especially with the unveiling of Nathan MacKinnon in the first two games of the playoffs. The...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  16. Expectations on MacKinnon's first playoffs

    Craig Custance

    DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was a 20-year-old when he first had the opportunity to play in the NHL playoffs, backstopping the Montreal Canadiens. For reasons he can't remember now -- because he estimates he weighed about 165 pounds...

    Blog | April 17, 2014