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  1. Future deals impacted by Toews, Kane

    Craig Custance

    The new deals for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews make them the highest paid players in the NHL on an annual-average basis. How long will that last? That's up for debate. The Kane and Toews contracts came in right about where you'd expect. What...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  2. Better dynasty contender: Chicago or LA?

    Craig Custance

    It's natural when a team in this era wins its second Stanley Cup in three years that the question immediately becomes about the franchise's place in history. It happened last spring when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to become the ...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  3. Rangers adjustments key to survival

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Four games in, the familiarity between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers has heightened. With that come the adjustments. The Rangers realize the Kings play a simple, structured game, and they get a lot of pucks on net,...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  4. If Kings win, Drew Doughty is the MVP

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was having a phone conversation with Bobby Orr when the conversation shifted to defensemen, and just how critical having a great one is to winning a championship. Championship teams need a goalie who makes save...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  5. Boost coming for NHL data collection

    Craig Custance

    The data is coming. The kind of data the hockey community has been yearning for after seeing other sports gather it. Motion-tracking cameras in every arena that record the movements and speed of every single player on the ice are on their way in t...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  6. 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
  7. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Why the Los Angeles Kings' Drew ...

    Craig Custance

    The Kings' Drew Doughty is making a strong case for a defenseman to win the Conn Smythe award this year, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 22, 2014
  8. Patience pays off in player development

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings were on the ice practicing during their 2012 Stanley Cup run and Ron Hextall was sitting in the stands watching. It was clear at that point that he would run his own team someday. He'd paid his dues, put in the mileage as a scou...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  9. Ranking the postseason forward groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs officially underway, we're ranking all 16 playoff teams by position. Up first, we'll rank the forward groups. Note that the Corsi stats are courtesy of ExtraSkater.com, while the other s...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  10. Trade grades: Marian Gaborik to the Kings

    Craig Custance

    The deal Kings get: F Marian Gaborik Blue Jackets get: F Matt Frattin, a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick Los Angeles Kings: C- The Kings were leery of paying the hefty asking price for Thomas Vanek, in part because ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  11. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance, Frank Provenzano, Neil Greenberg, Corey Pronman, Robert Vollman and Ryan Schwepfinger rank every NHL team based on how well they're set up for future success.

    Story | Conversation | September 18, 2013
  12. NHL - 2013 mock expansion draft protected teams in West

    Frank Provenzano

    Craig Custance reveals which players in the West would be protected from being selected in a mock NHL expansion draft.

    Story | Conversation | September 11, 2013
  13. Size growing in importance to NHL teams

    Craig Custance

    There's a little bit of roster envy going on among NHL general managers right now. The reigning champ Los Angeles Kings' makeup of a big, heavy and fast team is clicking again, and as teams are eliminated, they're realizing the necessi...

    Blog | May 16, 2013
  14. 2013 NHL Playoffs - Size growing in importance to NHL teams

    Craig Custance

    Big is better in the minds of many NHL GMs watching these playoffs. But where can they find size this offseason when free agency and the draft are highlighted by smaller skill players?

    Blog | Conversation | May 16, 2013
  15. Rangers face big decisions ahead

    Craig Custance

    The New York Rangers continue to hang around the final playoff spot in the East, a bit of an underachievement for a team many pegged as a Stanley Cup winner before the season began. But there's still plenty of hope for those who expected big thi...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  16. NHL - Rangers face big decisions ahead

    Craig Custance

    Hovering on the fringe of the Eastern Conference playoff chase is not where the Rangers expected to be this season. Now they'll face some tough trade deadline decisions. Plus, this week's dip into the mailbag.

    Blog | Conversation | March 22, 2013