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  1. Isles benefit from Boychuk's improvement

    Craig Custance

    The theory among scouts and executives regarding Nick Leddy was that once the talented 23-year-old defenseman escaped the depths of the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup, he would blossom in a bigger role. It's one of the reasons New York Islanders general ...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  2. Where will Tim Thomas finish the season?

    Craig Custance

    In the final moments of the second period of Florida's win Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings were trying to get a late goal to pad their two-goal lead. Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas came out to challenge a shooter who tried to beat him to the near p...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  3. How Pacific teams are trending

    Craig Custance

    One of the by-products of San Jose GM Doug Wilson's trade deadlines moves was that his team's speed improved. It gave younger legs an opportunity to replace veterans Ryane Clowe and Douglas Murray and the Sharks successfully played a faster...

    Blog | July 29, 2013
  4. Mailbag on Kovalchuk, Pens, more

    Craig Custance

    This is why hockey fans are the best: It's the middle of summer and the questions keep pouring in for the mailbag. I will be tackling them over the course of the summer, so if I didn't get to yours this time, just know that I'm working...

    Blog | July 15, 2013
  5. Why Ilya Kovalchuk's case is unique

    Craig Custance

    Slava Kozlov was the guy you went to if you wanted the truth about Ilya Kovalchuk. When Kovalchuk was a young star in the NHL with the then-Atlanta Thrashers, Kozlov was the wise veteran teammate who had Kovalchuk's complete respect and who minc...

    Blog | July 12, 2013
  6. Why the Perron trade works for St. Louis

    Craig Custance

    The simplest way to evaluate a trade is to figure out which team ended up with the best player and go from there. In the Wednesday deal that sent Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round pick to the Blues for forward David Perron, Edmonton GM Craig MacTavi...

    Blog | July 11, 2013
  7. Interview window stirs up controversy

    Craig Custance

    It was a situation that utilized the spirit of the 48-hour interview process almost perfectly. The Columbus Blue Jackets wanted forward Nathan Horton, but Horton knew little about the team or the area. Two days before the start of free agency, he fl...

    Blog | July 09, 2013
  8. Schneider trade talks and more draft buzz

    Craig Custance

    NEWARK, N.J. -- If you look at it objectively, it makes a lot of sense. The Vancouver Canucks have to trade one of their two starting goalies and news surfaced on Saturday morning that it may not be the one everyone expected. TSN's Darren Dreger...

    Blog | June 30, 2013
  9. A world of options for the Devils

    Craig Custance

    Last year's draft host, the Pittsburgh Penguins, made one of the biggest splashes on draft day by shipping center Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes, a deal that stunned the home crowd. This year's draft is in New Jersey, but Devils G...

    Blog | June 29, 2013
  10. Top trade candidates at the draft

    Craig Custance

    Last week, following the GM meetings in Boston, Sabres general manager Darcy Regier was explaining why the market wasn't quite ready yet for major trades. "It's too loose right now. Too undefined. Too many variables -- the cap, the potenti...

    Blog | June 28, 2013
  11. Habs top five fits for Vinny Lecavalier

    Craig Custance

    It was a decision necessitated by the new collective bargaining agreement. The Lightning are buying out the remainder of Vinny Lecavalier's contract and it's not because of performance. Yes, he was overpaid with a cap hit north of $7 millio...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  12. Avs lean towards Nathan MacKinnon

    Craig Custance

    Patrick Roy knows the NHL draft can be a bit of a crapshoot. He lived it. In 1984, 50 picks were made before the Canadiens selected him in the third round at No. 51. 22 years later, he was in the Hall of Fame. Armed with the No. 1 overall pick in hi...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  13. Why Patrick Kane thrives under pressure

    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 | June 24, 2013
  14. Who should win the Conn Smythe?

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- It was suggested to Patrick Sharp on Friday that this year's Conn Smythe race has been a challenging one to handicap because of how team-oriented the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins are. On both teams, players up and down the lin...

    Blog | June 22, 2013
  15. Why 2014 free agents are signing now

    Craig Custance

    There's typically an order for how general managers approach the offseason. First, there's a decision made on pending unrestricted free agents, because they are the ones who can leave the soonest. Then come the restricted free agents and ar...

    Blog | June 21, 2013
  16. The Avs and trading the No. 1 pick

    Craig Custance

    It's 1999, and Rick Dudley is sitting in his Tampa Bay office, looking over the Lightning's depth of organizational talent on his first day on the job. The conclusion isn't promising. He estimated that he had three players who could c...

    Blog | June 20, 2013