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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. NHL Awards ballots, plus 2014-15 favorites

    Craig Custance and Corey Pronman

    Aside from Cuba Gooding Jr. spicing up the proceedings with his spirited cameo during the NHL Awards Show on Tuesday night, the event went about how you would have expected. Sidney Crosby took home the Hart. Duncan Keith the Norris. Nathan MacKinnon ...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Stanley Cup favorites for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- It was an exhausting run. Three Game 7s and one double overtime were needed to clinch the Stanley Cup. Kings captain Dustin Brown was at a loss for words to describe the feeling. "I'm emotionally spent like I've never been before," ...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. How the Blackhawks reload for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    If there was a team that could repeat, it was this one. Led by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks are as good as any team in the league. They know how to win in the postseason. They're deep, experienced and everything else you'd ...

    Blog | June 01, 2014
  11. Galchenyuk still working on his game

    Craig Custance

    The other goals that Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk mentioned as standouts in his career certainly were prettier. For instance, his shootout goal that helped Team USA win the bronze last year in the World Championships. Legend has it...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  12. Gaborik on the brink of breakthrough?

    Craig Custance

    When the deal to Los Angeles was completed and Jarmo Kekalainen notified Marian Gaborik that his time with the Blue Jackets was over, the Columbus GM made an observation. "I told Marian, 'Maybe our team wasn't ready for him,'" Kekalainen said duri...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  13. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Who is better: Kings' Drew Dough...

    Scott Burnside and Craig Custance

    Which star defenseman would you take to build a team around: Chicago's Duncan Keith or Los Angeles' Drew Doughty? ESPN.com's Scott Burnside and ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance debate.

    Story | Conversation | May 20, 2014
  14. Under scrutiny, Matt Cooke returns

    Craig Custance

    Kris Letang said he has never faced Matt Cooke in an NHL game, which puts him among the fortunate few for NHL defensemen. "Yeah," he said, smiling. "Lucky me." But he doesn't need experience to know that Cooke is a pain in the rear to play agai...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  15. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks making the mo...

    Craig Custance

    The Blackhawks' win in Game 2 shows they are doing a better job of taking advantage of defensive lapses, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 04, 2014
  16. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs preview: Minnesota Wild still con...

    Craig Custance

    If the Wild can be the same Wild who kept an even keel and always seemed to find a way to settle back into an effective style of play against the Avalanche, it could get interesting in this series, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 02, 2014