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  1. Ranking the top 10 defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    The ideal defense no longer is about matching a puck mover with a stay-at-home defenseman on each pairing. The best teams still have a physical, defensive defenseman around to take care of business when necessary, but the league is skewing toward def...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Ranking postseason defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. Today, here's the ranking of the 16 playoff defenseman groups: 1. St. Louis Bl...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  4. Ten observations as GMs feel out market

    Craig Custance

    On a Monday in which the same general managers talked to the same other general managers about the same players, without much progress being made on a deal, other options were being considered. Especially on the wing. Thomas Vanek is the big nam...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  5. Projecting USA's 2018 Olympic roster

    Craig Custance

    There's no guarantee that NHL players will be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic games, but the impact stateside of Team USA's fourth-place finish, even if it's disappointing, makes a strong case for it. The Olympics draw the attention of casua...

    Blog | February 22, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 2013 NHL offseason - Detroit Red Wings lead early free agency Day...

    Craig Custance

    With the early rush of NHL free agency in the books, Craig Custance writes that the Red Wings emerged in fine fashion after landing Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss. Meanwhile, Cup finalist Boston missed out on its early targets.

    Blog | Conversation | July 05, 2013
  8. Defense key to Lightning success

    Craig Custance

    This offseason, when Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman and coach Guy Boucher discussed what needed to be done to get the team back into the playoffs, the focus turned quickly to defense. So much attention was placed on the Lightning g...

    Blog | January 31, 2013
  9. NHL - New defensive focus key to Lightning success

    Craig Custance

    Additions of defensemen Sami Salo and Matt Carle have been monumental for the Lightning, Craig Custance writes. He also looks whether or not the Kings will trade forward Andrei Loktionov.

    Blog | Conversation | January 31, 2013
  10. 10 most important players for 2013

    Craig Custance

    With their impressive track records of success, we already have a pretty good idea of who the most productive players of the 2013 NHL season will be. But you won't find Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos or Henrik Lundqvist on the list below. For the...

    Blog | January 18, 2013
  11. 2013 NHL Season Preview -- The 10 most important players of 2013

    Craig Custance

    We know about the superstars like Sidney Crosby, but seasons often swing on the pivotal players who take on new roles or carry big expectations. Craig Custance offers up 10 such players who could define their teams' fortunes in the shortened 2013 season.

    Blog | Conversation | January 18, 2013
  12. NHL -- League proposal won't trigger mass trading by cap strapped...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance breaks down the NHL's latest CBA proposal to assess the impact on teams up against the salary cap, and those with salaries stashed in the minors. The verdict? Don't expect to see a flurry of panicked trades ... not yet anyway.

    Blog | Conversation | October 17, 2012
  13. Potential lockout winners and losers

    Craig Custance

    Nobody truly wins when there is a lockout. The last time around, the owners thought they got what they wanted in cost certainty and a salary cap. Now, they're fighting to change the system again from one the players would be more than happy to k...

    Blog | September 11, 2012
  14. NHL - Potential lockout "winners" and "losers"

    Craig Custance

    No one "wins" in a lockout, but there are some teams and players that are hit harder than others ... and there are a few that might benefit from some extra time off. Craig Custance surveys who might be affected more or less if the NHL shuts its doors.

    Blog | Conversation | September 11, 2012
  15. Cap change could hamstring NHL's big spenders

    Craig Custance

    When Ilya Kovalchuk's contract was finally approved in the summer of 2010, the decision also meant the NHL dropped investigations into the long-term contracts for Roberto Luongo, Marian Hossa, Marc Savard and Chris Pronger. It also provided team...

    Blog | August 20, 2012
  16. NHL - Salary cap change could hamstring some of NHL's biggest spe...

    Craig Custance

    With the collective bargaining negotiations ongoing, a proposed change to the salary cap could end up hamstringing some teams financially, including the Sabres, Rangers and Wild.

    Blog | Conversation | August 20, 2012