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  1. Future deals impacted by Toews, Kane

    Craig Custance

    The new deals for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews make them the highest paid players in the NHL on an annual-average basis. How long will that last? That's up for debate. The Kane and Toews contracts came in right about where you'd expect. What...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  2. Looking back at prediction hits and misses

    Craig Custance

    We do a lot of projecting at ESPN Insider. It's one of the fun parts of the job -- taking the information you know, projecting it forward and trying to predict the future. In the world of hockey, it's especially challenging because one bounce, and th...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  3. Better dynasty contender: Chicago or LA?

    Craig Custance

    It's natural when a team in this era wins its second Stanley Cup in three years that the question immediately becomes about the franchise's place in history. It happened last spring when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to become the ...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  4. 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
  5. If Kings win, Drew Doughty is the MVP

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was having a phone conversation with Bobby Orr when the conversation shifted to defensemen, and just how critical having a great one is to winning a championship. Championship teams need a goalie who makes save...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  6. Rangers RFAs driving up price tags

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- There are some NHL players who barely watch hockey when they're not playing. There are some guys who couldn't tell you how teams or players in the other conference are performing. There are some players who haven't watched five min...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  7. Boost coming for NHL data collection

    Craig Custance

    The data is coming. The kind of data the hockey community has been yearning for after seeing other sports gather it. Motion-tracking cameras in every arena that record the movements and speed of every single player on the ice are on their way in t...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  8. 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
  9. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Why the Los Angeles Kings' Drew ...

    Craig Custance

    The Kings' Drew Doughty is making a strong case for a defenseman to win the Conn Smythe award this year, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 22, 2014
  10. Patience pays off in player development

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings were on the ice practicing during their 2012 Stanley Cup run and Ron Hextall was sitting in the stands watching. It was clear at that point that he would run his own team someday. He'd paid his dues, put in the mileage as a scou...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  11. Ranking the postseason forward groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs officially underway, we're ranking all 16 playoff teams by position. Up first, we'll rank the forward groups. Note that the Corsi stats are courtesy of ExtraSkater.com, while the other s...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  12. Trades shape high-impact playoff lines

    Craig Custance

    There are moments in practices, and sometimes in games, where the puck arrives and Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais just aren't ready for it. It's not that it's a bad pass or it puts them in a bad spot. Quite the opposite, really. One time against...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  13. Trade grades: Marian Gaborik to the Kings

    Craig Custance

    The deal Kings get: F Marian Gaborik Blue Jackets get: F Matt Frattin, a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick Los Angeles Kings: C- The Kings were leery of paying the hefty asking price for Thomas Vanek, in part because ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  14. 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
  15. The impact of Steven Stamkos' absence

    Craig Custance

    In the end, it ended up being a mulligan for Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman. On Wednesday night, while debate raged over who should replace the injured Steven Stamkos on Team Canada's roster, one NHL scout suggested we were all overthinking it. ...

    Blog | February 06, 2014
  16. Ranking the best Olympic special teams

    Craig Custance

    One of the challenges of succeeding in a short tournament like the Olympics is getting immediate success on special teams. Not only do you need to develop chemistry and timing in short order, you also have to quickly straighten out things like termin...

    Blog | January 14, 2014