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  1. All-Star panel makes Hart Trophy pick

    Craig Custance

    The lockout-shortened 2013 season in which Sidney Crosby's season was further shortened because of an injury was one of the hardest Hart Trophy votes in recent memory. The proof is that the winner is debated even today; just ask colleague and friend ...

    Blog | January 27, 2015
  2. Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh Penguins to miss NHL All-Star Game

    Craig Custance

    The wattage of star power at this year's NHL All-Star Game got a little dimmer Thursday when Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford announced captain Sidney Crosby will miss the game with a lower body injury.

    Story | Conversation | January 22, 2015
  3. USA's place among hockey powers

    Craig Custance

    If the last year of disappointment at the international level that hit USA Hockey happened in Canada, there would have been a countrywide panic. Maybe even a month-long summit on how to fix it. Team USA's fifth-place finish at this year's World...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  4. How Predators will cope without Rinne

    Craig Custance

    Members of the media never quite know what to expect when entering an NHL dressing room after a loss. Sometimes, the players have had enough time to scatter, with just a few remaining stragglers to deal with the questions. Other times, it's a mix: So...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  5. Top 10 rising GM candidates

    Craig Custance

    Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has given no indication that general manager Dave Nonis' job is in trouble. But Shanahan's systematic turnover from the previous regime to the current one has touched on every department in the or...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  6. Comeback win masks Kings' concerns

    Craig Custance

    It was a win that was vintage Los Angeles Kings. Against the Vancouver Canucks, a team the Kings are jostling with for the No. 2 spot in the Pacific Division, Thursday night's 3-2 comeback win had all the elements you'd expect from a Kings victory. ...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  7. The top need for every team

    Craig Custance

    On Dec. 27, the NHL's roster freeze is lifted, and general managers can return to trying to address their teams. Moves have been relatively quiet this season, but every day the trade deadline draws closer, the chances we'll see trades increases. ...

    Blog | December 23, 2014
  8. Top 20 UFAs for 2015

    Craig Custance

    When Jason Spezza signed his four-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars worth $7.5 million per season, the initial thought was that it seemed high for a player on the downside of his career. All it took was a quick glance at the 2015 fre...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  9. Filip Forsberg clicking in Nashville

    Craig Custance

    Like all teams preparing for the NHL draft, the Washington Capitals went through countless mock drafts leading up to the 2012 entry draft. With two picks in the first round that year, the Capitals planned on going with skill with their No. 11 pick an...

    Blog | November 13, 2014
  10. Where Blues stand against top contenders

    Craig Custance

    With the St. Louis Blues having been knocked out of the playoffs by some of the best teams in hockey the past few springs, the theory went like this: Coach Ken Hitchcock would measure the progress of the Blues during this regular season on how they d...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  11. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Which NHL teams are set up for the most success in 2017-18 and beyond? According to our panel of experts, it's the Chicago Blackhawks. Check out the full list, and analysis of each team, in the Future Power Rankings.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Patric Hornqvist a breakout candidate

    Craig Custance

    Anyone with a newborn can relate: A new baby changes just about everything. It means less sleep, different habits and finding ways to entertain both you and the baby when you're stuck at home or up at all hours. In a normal offseason, Penguins f...

    Blog | October 02, 2014
  14. 2014-15 NHL season preview -- Five players on their last chance

    Craig Custance

    Cliffhangers: This might be the last chance for these five to have a big impact, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2014
  15. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  16. Chasing the Kings: Central Division

    Craig Custance

    The champion may reside in the Pacific Division, but its biggest group of challengers is in the Central. While the Los Angeles Kings spent the summer just trying to retain their talent, on and off the ice, the clubs in the Central ramped up the aggre...

    Blog | September 04, 2014