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  1. What does success look like in Pittsburgh?

    Craig Custance

    The Friday mailbag is back -- the surest sign that the hockey season is nearly upon us. As always, your participation in making this one of the most enjoyable parts of my week is greatly appreciated. The questions are often better than the answers, w...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  2. 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
  3. The next generation of franchise players

    Craig Custance

    Last week, we shared the results of a poll asking people around hockey the five players they'd pick if they were starting from scratch. It was a fascinating exercise, with Jonathan Toews edging Sidney Crosby for the top spot. Naturally, not everyo...

    Blog | August 07, 2014
  4. Summer trending: Metro Division

    Craig Custance

    Mikhail Grabovski has long had fans in the advanced stats community. He's a guy who drives possession on bad possession teams, which earns him points in the world of analytics. New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano was won over by Grabovski and cl...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 2013 NHL offseason - How Metropolitan Division teams are trending...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance examines each team in the Metropolitan Division as the NHL realigns. Can the Caps keep up after a quiet offseason? And, even after losing Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson, are the Devils actually trending up?

    Blog | Conversation | July 31, 2013
  8. 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Why Patrick Kane thrives in high-pre...

    Craig Custance

    NHL players can tell when their teammates are nervous. Even at the highest level, when the Stanley Cup is on the line, guys can spot the player who is just trying to get through a shift without making a mistake. They can spot the guy who probably doe...

    Blog | Conversation | June 24, 2013
  9. Big decisions coming for Pens, Malkin

    Craig Custance

    It seemed so much easier to diagnose a year ago. The Philadelphia Flyers were the archrival who threw the Pittsburgh Penguins off their game and got to goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Discipline and goaltending -- those were easy problems to solve. Or...

    Blog | June 08, 2013
  10. 2013 NHL Playoffs - Big decisions coming for Evgeni Malkin, Pitts...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that, after the Pittsburgh Penguins' playoff exit, GM Ray Shero has some big decisions to make -- starting with what to do with star center Evgeni Malkin.

    Blog | Conversation | June 08, 2013
  11. Hart Trophy chasers close in on Crosby

    Craig Custance

    It wasn't one of those games where goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky strapped the Columbus Blue Jackets to his back and carried them to two points, but last night's 4-3 win in San Jose was his 19th of the season. And it was another tight game. ...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  12. Can Sidney Crosby hold on to Hart Trophy lead? -- NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the unlikely playoff charge of the Columbus Blue Jackets has created a new challenger in the Hart Trophy race.

    Blog | Conversation | April 22, 2013
  13. 5 teams facing tough trade decisions

    Craig Custance

    It's as impressive now as it seemed improbable a month ago. The mighty Columbus Blue Jackets, with their 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, currently reside in the No. 8 slot in the Western Conference. When March began, the Blue Jackets were 5-12-...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  14. NHL - Columbus Blue Jackets among five teams with hardest trade d...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance explores five teams facing tough buy-or-sell decisions as the trade deadline approaches, topped by a Blue Jackets team that suddenly appears to be a playoff contender.

    Blog | Conversation | April 01, 2013
  15. A glimpse into the new Blue Jackets GM

    Craig Custance

    For T.J. Oshie, it was an eye-opener. He'd just graduated high school and was going through the gauntlet of pre-draft talks with NHL teams when he met Jarmo Kekalainen during an interview with the St. Louis Blues. The new Columbus Blue Jackets...

    Blog | February 15, 2013
  16. NHL - A glimpse into new Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalaine...

    Craig Custance

    For prospective draft picks of the Columbus Blue Jackets, the interview process just got a lot more daunting. Just ask some of the Blues drafted by new Jackets' GM Jarmo Kekalainen. Plus, this week's mailbag.

    Blog | Conversation | February 15, 2013