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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Ranking the top 10 defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    The ideal defense no longer is about matching a puck mover with a stay-at-home defenseman on each pairing. The best teams still have a physical, defensive defenseman around to take care of business when necessary, but the league is skewing toward def...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  4. Chasing the Kings: Metropolitan Division

    Craig Custance

    The Pacific may be the home of the defending champs, and the Central may be the league's deepest and strongest division. But no division comes with more intrigue than the Metropolitan, a division where nearly every team can make the playoffs. Or not....

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  5. How New York Rangers reload for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    The New York Rangers had to know just how close they were. The red eyes and the crushing disappointment in their dressing room following the Los Angeles Kings' Game 5 win suggested as much. It was the reaction of a team that realized they had just pu...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  6. Debate: What's going on with bizarro Pens?

    Scott Burnside and Craig Custance

    Scott Burnside and Craig Custance weigh in on the Penguins' hiring of Jim Rutherford as GM and the firing of coach Dan Bylsma. BURNSIDE: Craig, big news out of Pittsburgh on Friday with the announcement that Jim Rutherford, the classy former GM of...

    Blog | June 06, 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. Samuelsson's stock on the rise

    Craig Custance

    Coaching hires in the NHL seem to run in trends. Dan Bylsma wins a Stanley Cup, and teams scramble to promote the next Bylsma from the AHL. Guy Boucher takes the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Eastern Conference final and the search is on to find another...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  9. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: New York Rangers looking for way...

    Craig Custance

    The Rangers are searching desperately for ways to stop the highly potent Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin duo, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 08, 2014
  10. Niskanen's value continues to grow

    Craig Custance

    First it was Brooks Orpik who went down, hurt again early on in his return to the lineup on Wednesday night. Then Kris Letang was off the ice for a stretch because of an apparent equipment issue. For a few minutes of their Game 4 win over the New ...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  11. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Sidney Crosby breaks through wit...

    Craig Custance

    Sidney Crosby's slump-breaking goal was all his team needed to grab a 2-1 series lead, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 05, 2014
  12. NHL - Rangers' improvements on defense should provide more wins

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance explores the reasons why the New York Rangers have gotten off to a slow start, and assesses how they can turn it around and contend in the Metropolitan division.

    Blog | Conversation | October 29, 2013
  13. NHL - 2013 mock expansion draft protected teams in East

    Craig Custance

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

    Story | Conversation | September 10, 2013
  14. NHL - How will the New York Rangers evolve under Alain Vigneault?...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes about how much the Rangers will change under new head coach Alain Vigneault. He speaks with Ryan Callahan, who believes there won't be any dramatic differences from last season's system.

    Blog | Conversation | August 28, 2013
  15. The NHL's top defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    On Tuesday we explored the Top 10 forward groups in the NHL this season, but scoring alone won't win you a championship. So let's have a look at the NHL's best teams in terms of depth on defense. Chicago's depth and mobility on d...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  16. 2013-14 - Ranking the top defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance identifies the NHL's Top 10 defenseman groups, and an NHL scout weighs in with his thoughts on the list.

    Blog | Conversation | August 21, 2013