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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. 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
  3. Focus shifts to the NHL trade market

    Craig Custance

    While holding court with reporters in Philadelphia after the draft, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz explained how he saw the next week or so playing out. He anticipated very little serious trade talk until teams figured out how they did in free...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Rangers adjustments key to survival

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Four games in, the familiarity between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers has heightened. With that come the adjustments. The Rangers realize the Kings play a simple, structured game, and they get a lot of pucks on net,...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  8. Penguins could target Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    With coach Dan Bylsma facing a very uncertain future in Pittsburgh, there is one coach who should lead the wish list for Pittsburgh Penguins fans if the ax does fall. Mike Babcock -- the ultimate hire. The Detroit Red Wings' coach has two Olymp...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  9. Teams with GM openings look to Boston

    Craig Custance

    It's wise to hire and promote front-office talent from the smartest and most successful franchises. Those executives know exactly what it takes to win, they've been raised and influenced by successful mentors with championship track records. Time ...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  10. Trotz preparing for the next step

    Craig Custance

    It all changes so fast in the coaching world. One moment you're marveling at the job Adam Oates is doing in reviving the career of Alex Ovechkin, whose production showed signs of slipping. The next, he's fired. One moment you're wondering if Dan...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  11. Next steps for Leonsis, Capitals

    Craig Custance

    The timing of the move showed that firing Adam Oates and deciding not to renew George McPhee's contract was not a rash decision by Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. You don't keep a respected general manager like McPhee in the organization for 1...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Can anyone beat the Bruins?

    Craig Custance

    What's the dream third line? What's next for the Washington Capitals if they miss the playoffs? How would the Dallas Stars fare against the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs? Can anyone beat the Boston Bruins? All this and more in this week's mailbag. ...

    Blog | April 04, 2014