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  1. The secret to Halak's new success

    Craig Custance

    It's the first day of December, and the New York Islanders are in first place, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the top of the Metropolitan Division, with 34 points. The Penguins have a game in hand, but still. What a turnaround. Those 34 po...

    Blog | December 01, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Bylsma's wait might not be much longer

    Craig Custance

    When Dan Bylsma was working in the AHL and the parent club Pittsburgh Penguins needed something, he typically heard from former Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher. So when he saw a phone call coming from Ray Shero, a call that led to his hirin...

    Blog | November 24, 2014
  4. Time running out for unlucky Blue Jackets

    Craig Custance

    TORONTO -- While in town for the general managers' meetings, one of Jarmo Kekalainen's colleagues shared a sobering projection with the Columbus Blue Jackets' GM. If a team has 400 man-games lost in a season, it's all but impossible to make the pl...

    Blog | November 19, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Why the Penguins signed Fleury deal now

    Craig Custance

    With the potential of free agency looming for one of his most high-profile clients, Allan Walsh was given pretty clear instructions from Marc-Andre Fleury. Get a deal done. New Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford made his affinity...

    Blog | November 06, 2014
  7. Penguins, Wild off to fast starts

    Craig Custance

    If it were the same old factors that made the Pittsburgh Penguins successful in the past driving their recent five-game win streak, there would be no special reason for optimism. However, since losing to Detroit in overtime on Oct. 23, Pittsburgh ...

    Blog | November 05, 2014
  8. Jets could be selling talent soon

    Craig Custance

    It was a game the Winnipeg Jets couldn't be happy about losing. You get the New Jersey Devils into a shootout, normally you have to like your chances. Winnipeg lost to New Jersey on Thursday night in the shootout, although it wasn't the worst effo...

    Blog | October 31, 2014
  9. Sophomore slump for MacKinnon?

    Craig Custance

    An NHL head coach was talking this week about the struggles of a second-year player when he was asked whether or not he believed in the concept of the sophomore slump. "I don't believe in it," he said, but then his next sentence suggested otherw...

    Blog | October 30, 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 forward groups

    Craig Custance

    The final opening-night rosters turned in by NHL teams Tuesday showed a continued evolution at forward. The notion of a top six and bottom six is starting to disappear. The best teams have three skilled lines that are almost interchangeable and a fou...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Anonymous league insiders rank the 30 starting goaltenders - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance asked 15 anonymous NHL coaches, front office executives and a goal scorer to rate every starting goalie, producing a 1-30 ranking.

    Story | Conversation | October 07, 2014
  15. What does success look like in Pittsburgh?

    Craig Custance

    The Friday mailbag is back -- the surest sign that the hockey season is nearly upon us. As always, your participation in making this one of the most enjoyable parts of my week is greatly appreciated. The questions are often better than the answers, w...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  16. 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