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  1. Tough decision ahead for Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN -- For now, Mike Babcock is still patiently answering questions about his future. He understands how the fact that he's entering the final year of his contract -- and is in no hurry to extend that contract -- is a fascinating ...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  2. Chasing the Kings: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings have become the gold standard. They've won two Stanley Cups in the past three seasons, and Dean Lombardi has built a roster that is nearly flawless. On Tuesday, we identified the five characteristics that make the Kings' rost...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  3. Summer trending: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Detroit Red Wings had just finished up their prospect camp in Traverse City, Michigan, and the frustration of striking out in free agency was nowhere to be found. Instead, the optimism of youth was everywhere. There was Anthony Mantha, the big...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs hire Kyle Dubas as assistant GM, fire Dave Po...

    Craig Custance

    The Toronto Maple Leafs announced a front-office shakeup Tuesday, firing assistant general managers Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle and replacing them with 28-year-old Kyle Dubas.

    Story | Conversation | July 22, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Top 10 draft classes of the past 10 years

    Craig Custance

    There's a theory in hockey when it comes to the draft. Get two NHL players out of a draft class and you're doing pretty well. Hit on three and you're ahead of the game. Four? You could be building a dynasty if they're impact players. Teams that mi...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Is Colorado's defense Cup-caliber?

    Craig Custance

    They know what people think. They know some people look at their team and admire a group of young forwards whose talent stacks up with any in the league, especially with the unveiling of Nathan MacKinnon in the first two games of the playoffs. The...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Are the Leafs a legitimate contender?

    Craig Custance

    Randy Carlyle had to know what he was doing. When you're the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you know full well that everything you say will be scrutinized to the extreme. Especially when it's perceived as criticism following a loss. On Tuesday ...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  16. NHL - Ryan Miller, Paul Stastny among top 25 free agents for 2014...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance takes an early look at the top 25 NHL free agents this upcoming offseason. St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller and Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny lead the list.

    Story | Conversation | March 12, 2014