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  1. Top 25 unrestricted free agents

    Craig Custance

    By now, you've heard. It's not a great free agent class. The NHL's general managers are expected to be active on the trade front over the next few weeks, in part because there's not a lot of help in free agency. That's what happens when teams put suc...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Trade grades: Vanek to the Canadiens

    Craig Custance

    The deal Canadiens get: F Thomas Vanek, conditional 2014 fifth-round pick Islanders get: F Sebastian Collberg, conditional 2014 second-round pick (picks exchanged if Canadiens make the playoffs this season) Montreal Canadiens: A It was ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  8. Ryan Kesler is a deadline game-changer

    Craig Custance

    One NHL assistant general manager couldn't quite articulate why he believed this was going to be an especially active trade deadline. He didn't have any concrete examples, nor was his team particularly close to making a deal. There was just something...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  9. 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
  10. NHL trade deadline debates

    Craig Custance

    How much time left does Chris Stewart have in St. Louis? Should the Blue Jackets trade Marian Gaborik? Is there hope for New York Islanders fans? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. If you want to be featured in next week's mailbag, send...

    Blog | February 21, 2014
  11. Implications of John Tavares' injury

    Craig Custance

    It's the worst nightmare for the NHL franchises sending their best players over to Sochi to compete in the Winter Olympics: It's quite possible, even probable, that one of them won't return in the same condition. These games are played with playof...

    Blog | February 20, 2014
  12. Is the point system debate returning?

    Craig Custance

    It's been brought up before, although without much success. At one NHL general managers meeting a couple of years after the lockout that gave birth to the shootout, the idea to give three points to a regulation win was presented. And then shot down q...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  13. FA fits and flops at the midway point

    Craig Custance

    During all the Boston Bruins' internal meetings before the start of free agency, Jarome Iginla wasn't a player discussed at length at all. Really, he was hardly mentioned. So when free agency closed in, he just wasn't a guy on Boston's radar, ...

    Blog | January 01, 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. Which NY team has the brightest future?

    Craig Custance

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Following his team's gutsy 3-2 shootout win over the Sharks, Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey turned to a teammate in the dressing room and concluded that the first period was as tough as any he's ever played in professional hoc...

    Blog | December 11, 2013
  16. Next Question: Can Isles save the season?

    Craig Custance

    December can't come soon enough for the New York Islanders. Saturday's loss to the surging Philadelphia Flyers dropped the Islanders to 4-8 in November, locking in a losing month. It makes the 2008 Islanders the last team from this franchise to have ...

    Blog | November 25, 2013