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  1. Chasing the Kings: Central Division

    Craig Custance

    The champion may reside in the Pacific Division, but its biggest group of challengers is in the Central. While the Los Angeles Kings spent the summer just trying to retain their talent, on and off the ice, the clubs in the Central ramped up the aggre...

    Blog | September 04, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Devils among top bounce back candidates

    Craig Custance

    The New Jersey Devils are so inclined to keep information in house that they didn't reveal how many years Andy Greene's contract extension was for during the announcement of his deal being signed on Wednesday. Contrast that against the Ottawa Sena...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  4. Summer Trending: Central Division

    Craig Custance

    The Nashville Predators' trade for James Neal had only been official for a few minutes when the questions started as to who would be the center feeding him the puck in Nashville. In Pittsburgh, he had his biggest success with Evgeni Malkin. In Dallas...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  5. Future deals impacted by Toews, Kane

    Craig Custance

    The new deals for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews make them the highest paid players in the NHL on an annual-average basis. How long will that last? That's up for debate. The Kane and Toews contracts came in right about where you'd expect. What...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  6. Stastny decision could alter Western race

    Craig Custance

    Editor's note: This column posted prior to Paul Stastny agreeing to a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues. It's the one day a year teams that can close the gap on the NHL's best without giving up an asset outside of cap space. The prices to...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  7. Trade Grades: James Neal to Nashville

    Craig Custance

    The deal Predators get: James Neal Penguins get: Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling Nashville Predators: B Predators GM David Poile needed to upgrade his offense under new head coach Peter Laviolette, and landing James Neal certainly does...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  8. GM changes make for uncertain offseason

    Craig Custance

    From a pure hockey fan's perspective, it was about as good as it gets. The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference final was two powerhouses exchanging punches until just one was left standing. It was great hockey that e...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  9. As Subban shines, his price tag increases

    Craig Custance

    Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has an appreciation for hockey history -- especially Montreal's. A recent playoff point streak put his name in the team record books next to Larry Robinson, and he was genuinely honored to hear their names me...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  10. Trotz preparing for the next step

    Craig Custance

    It all changes so fast in the coaching world. One moment you're marveling at the job Adam Oates is doing in reviving the career of Alex Ovechkin, whose production showed signs of slipping. The next, he's fired. One moment you're wondering if Dan...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  11. NHL -- 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs -- Playoffs are the next step in...

    Craig Custance

    Gustav Nyquist has adjusted and improved throughout his career, and, after helping propel the Red Wings to the playoffs, he's ready to take another step in the postseason, writes Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | April 17, 2014
  12. What's next for Predators, Trotz?

    Craig Custance

    It will be strange seeing someone other than Barry Trotz coaching the Nashville Predators next season, and equally strange seeing Trotz coaching a team other than the Nashville Predators. One is a certainty, with the Predators announcing today ...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Resetting the Western playoff race

    Craig Custance

    As typically happens after most borderline hits, the debate following Brooks Orpik's hit on Jonathan Toews, one that knocked Toews out of the game, centered on the legality and the potential suspension of the offender. For Chicago Blackhawks fans,...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  15. Ryan Kesler is a deadline game-changer

    Craig Custance

    One NHL assistant general manager couldn't quite articulate why he believed this was going to be an especially active trade deadline. He didn't have any concrete examples, nor was his team particularly close to making a deal. There was just something...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  16. Washington Capitals' trade deadline plans

    Craig Custance

    Alex Ovechkin felt compelled to apologize for his team's performance in the Olympics. Nicklas Backstrom had to sit out the gold-medal game because of a doping violation. John Carlson's Americans were embarrassed in the bronze-medal game. Yeah, the...

    Blog | February 26, 2014