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  1. The NHL's least dispensable players

    Craig Custance

    The early portion of the NHL season has come with a stark reminder: If you want to survive the grind of a long season, you'd better have depth. Especially on defense. One by one, defensemen who are critical to the success of their teams are goi...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  2. Staal trade talk premature, complicated

    Craig Custance

    Let's start here: It's premature. Talk of a possible Eric Staal trade has already started and another loss by the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night won't slow it down. The Hurricanes' season is only four games old -- long enough to indicate that ...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  3. The NHL's All-Hinge team

    Craig Custance

    Shortly after Ryan Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, he received a phone call from new teammate Ryan Getzlaf. It's what you'd expect out of a captain. Call the new guy, make him comfortable, congratulate him on his taste in teams on the no-trad...

    Blog | October 15, 2014
  4. Checking in on key impending RFAs

    Craig Custance

    There are really two schools of thought when it comes to signing your restricted free agents early, like the Minnesota Wild did over the weekend with Jonas Brodin. Once you're confident you know what you have in a player, like the Wild are with their...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  5. 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
  6. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik...

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is in a tough position: come back before he's completely comfortable or watch his team get manhandled by the Bruins, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | April 23, 2014
  7. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Detroit Red Wings won't be takin...

    Craig Custance

    In the wake of Zdeno Chara laughing off Brendan Smith, the Red Wings are determined not to take the bait and play their game, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | April 21, 2014
  8. Letang among playoff hinge players

    Craig Custance

    Things are coming together quite nicely for the Pittsburgh Penguins as the playoffs close in, and not just because they beat their potential first-round opponent in the shootout on Wednesday night. With the impressive return of Kris Letang, the defen...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  9. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs preview: Boston Bruins versus Det...

    Craig Custance

    In their last of four matchups during the regular season, the Red Wings beat the Bruins 3-2 on April 2. The win meant the Red Wings had won three of four over the Bruins, but it didn't necessarily fill them with any false confidence. They know exactl...

    Story | Conversation | April 09, 2014
  10. The NHL's most impressive players

    Craig Custance

    With the season more than one-quarter complete, we've seen awards and superlatives handed out to those who have been the most impressive. But nobody knows what's going on in the game quite like those on the ice. So as we head into the second quart...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  11. 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
  12. NHL - 2013 mock expansion draft protected teams in East

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance reveals which players in the East would be protected from being selected in a mock NHL expansion draft.

    Story | Conversation | September 10, 2013
  13. How Atlantic teams are trending

    Craig Custance

    Continuing our look at how NHL teams are trending in the new divisions, we examine the Atlantic, which features a handful of playoff teams and a couple of clubs on the rise. Atlantic Division Average team point total last season: 52.3 2012-13 playo...

    Blog | August 01, 2013
  14. 2013 NHL offseason - How Atlantic Division teams are trending

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance examines each team in the Atlantic Division as the NHL realigns. Can the Bruins maintain their momentum after a tough Cup finals loss and several key departures? And will the Red Wings rise with new addition Daniel Alfredsson?

    Blog | Conversation | August 01, 2013
  15. Red Wings facing key decisions

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- When slipping on his Detroit Red Wings jersey before Game 7, it definitely occurred to Daniel Cleary that it could be his last game with the Red Wings. Cleary is 34 years old and is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the only t...

    Blog | May 30, 2013
  16. 2013 NHL playoffs - Red Wings face big offseason decisions

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that, in the wake of a painful Game 7 loss to the Blackhawks, the Red Wings are facing tough decisions this offseason. But many are the good kind of tough decisions, as promising youth makes some older players potentially expendable.

    Blog | Conversation | May 30, 2013