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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Six hurdles standing between the Pittsburgh Penguins and another ...

    Craig Custance

    In ESPN The Magazine's One Day One Game Issue, Craig Custance writes that Sidney Crosby is healthy, back in MVP form and carrying his wounded team into the playoffs. But is the clock running out for The Kid and the Pens' Stanley Cup hopes?

    Story | Conversation | April 04, 2014
  6. Resetting the Eastern wild-card race

    Craig Custance

    In a hallway inside the Detroit Red Wings' dressing room is a giant white board with the complete NHL standings. The win, loss and point totals for the Red Wings are written in red marker, the rest of the league in black, with a giant red line markin...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  7. Trade grades: Halak to the Capitals

    Craig Custance

    The deal Capitals get: G Jaroslav Halak, 2015 third-round pick Sabres get: G Michal Neuvirth, D Rostislav Klesla Buffalo Sabres: B The Sabres need a goalie to team up with Jhonas Enroth until they find their long-term answer, and there ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Washington Capitals' trade deadline plans

    Craig Custance

    Alex Ovechkin felt compelled to apologize for his team's performance in the Olympics. Nicklas Backstrom had to sit out the gold-medal game because of a doping violation. John Carlson's Americans were embarrassed in the bronze-medal game. Yeah, the...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Mike Green of Washington Capitals out vs. Detroit Red Wings

    Craig Custance

    Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green was scratched from Friday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings with an upper-body injury, which he suffered against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

    Story | Conversation | January 31, 2014
  12. What are the Penguins' trade options?

    Craig Custance

    What's the best strategy for Penguins general manager Ray Shero at the trade deadline? Who should the Kings target to help their offense? Do the Blackhawks have any buyer's remorse? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. If you want to be f...

    Blog | January 31, 2014
  13. FA fits and flops at the midway point

    Craig Custance

    During all the Boston Bruins' internal meetings before the start of free agency, Jarome Iginla wasn't a player discussed at length at all. Really, he was hardly mentioned. So when free agency closed in, he just wasn't a guy on Boston's radar, ...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  14. Holiday gifts to fill every team's top need

    Craig Custance

    The reality of the salary cap system is that every team has flaws. You have to borrow from one area to strengthen another. General managers have tough choices to make every offseason, and as we get into trade season, it's the time of year some teams ...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  15. The NHL's most impressive players

    Craig Custance

    With the season more than one-quarter complete, we've seen awards and superlatives handed out to those who have been the most impressive. But nobody knows what's going on in the game quite like those on the ice. So as we head into the second quart...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  16. Matching team needs with trade options

    Craig Custance

    There's a small language barrier, but that doesn't hide the personality behind new Nashville Predators starting goalie Marek Mazanec, a native of the Czech Republic. "He's a funny kid. He's really laid-back," said teammate Matt Cullen on Tuesday...

    Blog | November 20, 2013