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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. Top 25 unrestricted free agents

    Craig Custance

    By now, you've heard. It's not a great free agent class. The NHL's general managers are expected to be active on the trade front over the next few weeks, in part because there's not a lot of help in free agency. That's what happens when teams put suc...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Mike Richards finding game at right time

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK -- Talk to Mike Richards' teammates with the Los Angeles Kings, and inevitably the conversation moves to the conclusion that he's a winner. He has won at every level. He's got a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a Stan...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Futa a future GM, just not yet

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- This is how attached Mike Futa gets to the players he helps develop. When the Los Angeles Kings acquired Mike Richards, the veteran center who helped them win their first Stanley Cup, GM Dean Lombardi pulled Futa aside and broke the news. ...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  8. Toews' no-goal shows process needs work

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- We expect perfection. In this era of high-definition TV, replays as GIFs on Twitter moments after plays happen in real life and cameras from every angle, we know when a call is missed. Usually instantly. In the case of Jonathan Toews'...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Schenn, Couturier remain building blocks

    Craig Custance

    In identifying all the problems piling up for the reeling Philadelphia Flyers, the dramatic trades that sent Jeff Carter and Mike Richards away are getting lumped in with other mistakes made by management. And the optics of those deals aren't g...

    Blog | October 17, 2013
  12. NHL - Examining the growth of Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier

    Craig Custance

    While the trades that sent Mike Richards and Jeff Carter away from Philadelphia don't look great right now, Craig Custance explores why there's hope for the future with Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier.

    Blog | Conversation | October 17, 2013
  13. 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
  14. NHL - 2013 mock expansion draft protected teams in West

    Frank Provenzano

    Craig Custance reveals which players in the West would be protected from being selected in a mock NHL expansion draft.

    Story | Conversation | September 11, 2013
  15. 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
  16. 2013-14 NHL - Ranking the top forward groups

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance identifies the NHL's Top 10 forward groups, and a league talent evaluator weighs in with his thoughts on the list.

    Blog | Conversation | August 20, 2013