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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Stastny decision could alter Western race

    Craig Custance

    Editor's note: This column posted prior to Paul Stastny agreeing to a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues. It's the one day a year teams that can close the gap on the NHL's best without giving up an asset outside of cap space. The prices to...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Ranking candidates for Buffalo's GM job

    Craig Custance

    It was a moment of self-awareness that demonstrates why Pat LaFontaine might have been an inspired choice to run the Buffalo Sabres' hockey operations. Sabres owner Terry Pegula told a story during the news conference of a meeting with LaFontaine in ...

    Blog | November 14, 2013
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Early free-agency winners, losers

    Craig Custance

    Early on, the NHL offseason had been a bit of a dud. Draft weekend was supposed to be loaded with trades, but aside from the Cory Schneider deal to New Jersey, most teams just focused on picking prospects. And the 48-hour communication window this we...

    Blog | July 05, 2013
  11. 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
  12. 5 teams facing tough trade decisions

    Craig Custance

    It's as impressive now as it seemed improbable a month ago. The mighty Columbus Blue Jackets, with their 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, currently reside in the No. 8 slot in the Western Conference. When March began, the Blue Jackets were 5-12-...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  13. NHL - Columbus Blue Jackets among five teams with hardest trade d...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance explores five teams facing tough buy-or-sell decisions as the trade deadline approaches, topped by a Blue Jackets team that suddenly appears to be a playoff contender.

    Blog | Conversation | April 01, 2013
  14. Pekka Rinne in Hart Trophy discussion?

    Craig Custance

    It's not like the Nashville Predators haven't shown they're capable of scoring. Before Monday night's five-goal outburst against the Dallas Stars, Nashville also had a five-goal effort against the Colorado Avalanche and scored six...

    Blog | February 26, 2013
  15. NHL - Pekka Rinne putting Predators squarely on his back

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance says Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is getting little help from his offense, but the shortened season could alleviate some wear and tear on Rinne.

    Blog | Conversation | February 26, 2013
  16. 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