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  1. The best of what's left in free agency

    Craig Custance

    Last summer, Mason Raymond didn't sign his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs until Sept. 23. He went on to score 19 goals and got a three-year deal with the Calgary Flames on July 1. Ron Hainsey completed his deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on ...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  2. Early free agency grades

    Craig Custance

    The opening hours of NHL free agency were truly frenetic, with signings being announced in a flurry shortly after noon ET. Some teams made their mark ahead of time -- the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars made major upgrades down the middle by tradi...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Top 25 unrestricted free agents

    Craig Custance

    By now, you've heard. It's not a great free agent class. The NHL's general managers are expected to be active on the trade front over the next few weeks, in part because there's not a lot of help in free agency. That's what happens when teams put suc...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  5. Top candidates to replace Bylsma

    Craig Custance

    Jim Rutherford wasted no time making the change, mercifully letting Dan Bylsma go as his first course of action as the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It won't take long for Bylsma to find a job, if that's what he wants to do. The ...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  6. Lure of Stanley Cup strong for agents

    Craig Custance

    The closest thing to winning a Stanley Cup for an agent is when a client wins one. Through years of building the talent in his agency with guys such as Tim Thomas, Antti Niemi, Brian Rafalski, John Madden and Tuukka Rask, Bill Zito hit that pinnacle ...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  7. Where Vigneault makes his biggest impact

    Craig Custance

    New York Rangers defenseman John Moore paused to find the right answer. He was asked to recall a moment the Rangers experienced that would exemplify the way they played under coach Alain Vigneault -- one they might not have made with a different man ...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Penguins could target Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    With coach Dan Bylsma facing a very uncertain future in Pittsburgh, there is one coach who should lead the wish list for Pittsburgh Penguins fans if the ax does fall. Mike Babcock -- the ultimate hire. The Detroit Red Wings' coach has two Olymp...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  10. Iginla worth re-signing for the Bruins

    Craig Custance

    It was the one thing you thought you could count on in these playoffs. The Boston Bruins were so much better than all the other teams in the Eastern Conference that a trip to the conference finals seemed like a formality. As they were marching ...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  11. Bylsma, Fleury decisions loom for Pens

    Craig Custance

    One more win. One more win and the Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive year and fourth time in seven seasons. It might have been just enough to satisfy high expectations and prevent major change. ...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  12. Samuelsson's stock on the rise

    Craig Custance

    Coaching hires in the NHL seem to run in trends. Dan Bylsma wins a Stanley Cup, and teams scramble to promote the next Bylsma from the AHL. Guy Boucher takes the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Eastern Conference final and the search is on to find another...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  13. Niskanen's value continues to grow

    Craig Custance

    First it was Brooks Orpik who went down, hurt again early on in his return to the lineup on Wednesday night. Then Kris Letang was off the ice for a stretch because of an apparent equipment issue. For a few minutes of their Game 4 win over the New ...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  14. Teams with GM openings look to Boston

    Craig Custance

    It's wise to hire and promote front-office talent from the smartest and most successful franchises. Those executives know exactly what it takes to win, they've been raised and influenced by successful mentors with championship track records. Time ...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  15. Johansen decision looms for Columbus

    Craig Custance

    It was an historic campaign for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Their first playoff win. Their first playoff win at home. The first year Columbus fans could legitimately feel confident that the pieces were in place from top to bottom for sustained success...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  16. With loss, pressure building in Pittsburgh

    Craig Custance

    With so many other good storylines and incredible games going on during this Stanley Cup playoff season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been left to compete against the Columbus Blue Jackets without too much scrutiny and glare. That ended Wednesday ...

    Blog | April 24, 2014