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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. 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
  3. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Which NHL teams are set up for the most success in 2017-18 and beyond? According to our panel of experts, it's the Chicago Blackhawks. Check out the full list, and analysis of each team, in the Future Power Rankings.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2014
  4. Chasing the Kings: Pacific Division

    Craig Custance

    In the parity-filled NHL, it's hard enough building a team that stands out from the rest. It's even harder in the Pacific Division, where the Los Angeles Kings overshadow their rivals. GM Dean Lombardi has constructed a team that is near perfect in t...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  5. How P.K. Subban's deal affects RFAs

    Craig Custance

    The new contract for P.K. Subban was announced on a Saturday afternoon. In August. On a holiday weekend in Canada. Because of that, the reaction is just now starting to filter in to Don Meehan and the Newport offices, the agency that masterminded ...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  6. Summer trending: Pacific Division

    Craig Custance

    The past two seasons the Anaheim Ducks have won consecutive Pacific Division titles, including a 116-point regular season last season that was topped only by the Boston Bruins. The postseason success hasn't been there but the team has won enough t...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  7. 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
  8. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: Top 10 Stanley Cup finals in the l...

    Craig Custance

    The Kings-Rangers series is such a doozy that it prompted us to rank the top 10 series from the past 20 years. ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance takes it on.

    Story | Conversation | June 08, 2014
  9. NHL draft's defenseman drought over?

    Craig Custance

    NHL prospect Aaron Ekblad knows the last defenseman to be drafted No. 1 overall. When asked that bit of trivia, without hesitation, he answers Erik Johnson. The year? "A long time ago," Ekblad said when we chatted at the NHL's draft combine las...

    Blog | June 05, 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. 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. Expectations on MacKinnon's first playoffs

    Craig Custance

    DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was a 20-year-old when he first had the opportunity to play in the NHL playoffs, backstopping the Montreal Canadiens. For reasons he can't remember now -- because he estimates he weighed about 165 pounds...

    Blog | April 17, 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. How can Teravainen impact Chicago?

    Craig Custance

    What are reasonable expectations for Teuvo Teravainen? Will Detroit make the playoffs? Which deadline deal will pay off the most in the postseason? Will the NHL ever return to Atlanta? All this and more in this week's mailbag. If you have any questio...

    Blog | March 21, 2014
  16. Trade grades: Ales Hemsky to Senators

    Craig Custance

    The deal Senators get: F Ales Hemsky Oilers get: 2014 fifth-round pick, 2015 third-round pick Ottawa Senators: B There was a lot of interest from teams looking to add skill on the wing, and his two-goal game Tuesday night -- against the...

    Blog | March 05, 2014