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  1. Summer trending: Metro Division

    Craig Custance

    Mikhail Grabovski has long had fans in the advanced stats community. He's a guy who drives possession on bad possession teams, which earns him points in the world of analytics. New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano was won over by Grabovski and cl...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  2. How New York Rangers reload for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    The New York Rangers had to know just how close they were. The red eyes and the crushing disappointment in their dressing room following the Los Angeles Kings' Game 5 win suggested as much. It was the reaction of a team that realized they had just pu...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  3. How the Conn Smythe will be won

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Before the Stanley Cup finals, last year's Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane had already scored 67 percent of his playoff goals. The previous year, before stopping a single shot against the New Jersey Devils, Jonathan Quick had made 75 p...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  4. Late-round steals make big playoff impact

    Craig Custance

    It's funny the things you remember from the biggest moments in your life. On the day he was drafted, taken with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Brendan Gallagher was at home watching the draft on television. He'd been given the heads up t...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Breaking down the Conn Smythe race

    Craig Custance

    It must have seemed like an eternity, but the wait is almost over for Boston Bruins fans, who finally get to see their team make its 2014 postseason debut tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. It's the final first-round series to begin, and it has a...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  9. The challenges in a Callahan deal

    Craig Custance

    New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is doing his best to make sure this doesn't become a distraction. On Friday, he made it clear that despite reports that the Rangers along with his agent were potentially shopping him elsewhere, New York was wher...

    Blog | February 03, 2014
  10. Which NY team has the brightest future?

    Craig Custance

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Following his team's gutsy 3-2 shootout win over the Sharks, Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey turned to a teammate in the dressing room and concluded that the first period was as tough as any he's ever played in professional hoc...

    Blog | December 11, 2013
  11. 10 hinge players who could be crucial

    Craig Custance

    In a league filled with parity, a standout season by one player can make a world of difference. Last year, Jonas Brodin emerged to become one of the game's most impressive, dependable young defensemen and propelled the Minnesota Wild back into t...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  12. 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
  13. NHL - The challenge of RFA negotiations

    Craig Custance

    A couple years ago, a GM was asked about the contract status of one of his restricted free agents in early summer. You know how it goes, he answered, these things don't get done until training camp is close. A deadline, in this case, is a powerful th...

    Blog | Conversation | September 16, 2013
  14. 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
  15. NHL - How will the New York Rangers evolve under Alain Vigneault?...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes about how much the Rangers will change under new head coach Alain Vigneault. He speaks with Ryan Callahan, who believes there won't be any dramatic differences from last season's system.

    Blog | Conversation | August 28, 2013
  16. The NHL's top forward groups

    Craig Custance

    There are still a few more free agents to sign and decisions to be made in training camp, but for the most part, rosters are set. So this week, we'll look at some of the best teams by position, starting today with the 10 best forward groups in t...

    Blog | August 20, 2013