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  1. Ranking postseason goalies

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the postseason underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. On Tuesday, it was the defensemen's turn. Today, here's the ranking of the goalten...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  2. Ranking postseason defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. Today, here's the ranking of the 16 playoff defenseman groups: 1. St. Louis Bl...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The most dangerous potential wild cards

    Craig Custance

    There's going to be one upset -- at least. That's just how the NHL postseason works. It's a league of parity, plus one of these teams battling to get in will just keep on rolling against a team that's been coasting for weeks. Really, once you establi...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  6. Resetting the Eastern wild-card race

    Craig Custance

    In a hallway inside the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room is a giant white board with the complete NHL standings. The win, loss and point totals for the Red Wings are written in red marker, the rest of the league in black, with a giant red line markin...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  7. How salary retention alters trade options

    Craig Custance

    BOCA RATON, Fla. -- When the Columbus Blue Jackets got serious about trading Marian Gaborik and the trade deadline was closing in, there were about six teams that GM Jarmo Kekalainen considered legitimate suitors. With those six teams came a ran...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  8. NHL -- Craig Custance: Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 retired by Detroi...

    Craig Custance

    Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 was raised to the Joe Louis Arena rafters, the number retirement ceremony a reminder of what this team, this city is missing, writes Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | March 06, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. What is San Jose's deadline strategy?

    Craig Custance

    What should we expect from San Jose at the deadline? What's the timeline for expansion? Is Ryan Miller or Ryan Callahan more of a need for St. Louis? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. If you want to be featured in next week's mailbag, ...

    Blog | February 10, 2014
  12. Mike Green of Washington Capitals out vs. Detroit Red Wings

    Craig Custance

    Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green was scratched from Friday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings with an upper-body injury, which he suffered against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

    Story | Conversation | January 31, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Can Paul Maurice help Jets climb?

    Craig Custance

    On the day Claude Noel was fired, Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff stood before the Winnipeg media and answered nearly every question the group could possibly have on the state of the team. How much of it was his fault? When did it all go wrong fo...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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