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  1. Sharks stuck in leadership transition

    Craig Custance

    It was the 2003-04 season, and the San Jose Sharks didn't have a permanent captain. During the season, they rotated the C among a group of players, including Patrick Marleau, Mike Ricci, Vincent Damphousse and Alyn McCauley. There was even a co...

    Blog | December 11, 2014
  2. The NHL's All-Hinge team

    Craig Custance

    Shortly after Ryan Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, he received a phone call from new teammate Ryan Getzlaf. It's what you'd expect out of a captain. Call the new guy, make him comfortable, congratulate him on his taste in teams on the no-trad...

    Blog | October 15, 2014
  3. NHL -- Dysfunctional San Jose Sharks are adamant they can do it a...

    Craig Custance

    After a summer of turmoil, the San Jose Sharks are healing from the wounds as a team, writes Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2014
  4. Why the Sharks' rebuild is necessary

    Craig Custance

    San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson had been so open about his offseason plans that he seemed a little surprised when he was asked for further details at the draft. "I can't be any more honest than I have been," he said. "What did I leave ...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  5. O captain ... no captain in San Jose?

    Craig Custance

    PHILADELPHIA -- There's been a lot of speculation about Joe Thornton's future with the San Jose Sharks and exactly what that looks like. If it's not a trade -- which would require a dramatic shift in plans from the Thornton camp -- it could be a new ...

    Blog | June 28, 2014
  6. Trade market heats up as draft nears

    Craig Custance

    If things go quiet on the negotiating front for teams trying to sign their own free agents, it's understandable. Wednesday begins the interview period in which teams can begin legally contacting the free agents of other teams. If you're a potential f...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  7. Rangers adjustments key to survival

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Four games in, the familiarity between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers has heightened. With that come the adjustments. The Rangers realize the Kings play a simple, structured game, and they get a lot of pucks on net,...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  8. Breaking down the Conn Smythe race

    Craig Custance

    It must have seemed like an eternity, but the wait is almost over for Boston Bruins fans, who finally get to see their team make its 2014 postseason debut tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. It's the final first-round series to begin, and it has a...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  9. Expectations on MacKinnon's first playoffs

    Craig Custance

    DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was a 20-year-old when he first had the opportunity to play in the NHL playoffs, backstopping the Montreal Canadiens. For reasons he can't remember now -- because he estimates he weighed about 165 pounds...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  10. How to beat the six heavyweights

    Craig Custance

    When the playoffs begin, there will be 16 teams with Stanley Cup dreams. When you break down the rosters, health and performances of those teams, however, six stand out as the heavyweights. Pick a Stanley Cup winner from a group that includes the ...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  11. Can Sharks keep Dan Boyle in San Jose?

    Craig Custance

    In a perfect world, the San Jose Sharks' contract extension announcement that kicked off the weekend would have included one more player. As impressive as it was that San Jose GM Doug Wilson was able to persuade star forwards Joe Thornton and Pa...

    Blog | January 27, 2014
  12. An outdoor All-Star Game?

    Craig Custance

    Should the All-Star Game be played outdoors? What should George McPhee do to shake up the Capitals? What's David Poile's next move? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. If you want to be featured in next week's mailbag, send your question...

    Blog | January 24, 2014
  13. The appeal in trading for Dustin Byfuglien

    Craig Custance

    It's a recent playoff series that's slowly fading away into the NHL history books without much thought. The 2010 Western Conference finals wasn't a seven-gamer. In fact, it was quite the opposite. The Chicago Blackhawks swept the San Jose Sharks in a...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  14. NHL: Case for the Cup - Update on Stanley Cup predictions

    Now that half of the NHL season is in the books, the ESPN.com NHL crew tells us if they still like their preseason Stanley Cup predictions.

    Story | Conversation | January 03, 2014
  15. Early-season surprises in the NHL

    Craig Custance

    Who are the most underrated and overrated players in the NHL this season? What would it take to land Thomas Vanek? Should the Penguins make a run at Ryan Miller? All this and more in the Friday mailbag this week. And remember, if you want to send in ...

    Blog | October 25, 2013
  16. NHL - Custance mailbag on overrated players, surprise teams

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance grabs the best questions from his mailbag this week, including which teams have been early-season surprises, the most overrated and underrated players in the league and another potential expansion team location.

    Blog | Conversation | October 25, 2013