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  1. Polling the All-Stars: Wild can rebound

    Craig Custance

    While not the most impressive of wins, the Minnesota Wild's second-half charge might have started on Tuesday night. They beat the lowly Oilers in Edmonton to begin their post All-Star break season-rescuing mission. The win also proves just how muc...

    Blog | January 28, 2015
  2. NHL -- Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno finds purpose in daugh...

    Craig Custance

    After his daughter's life was saved by a new heart surgery, Blue Jackets star Nick Foligno looks for purpose in his experience, Craig Custance writes.

    Story | Conversation | January 22, 2015
  3. Philly balancing short-, long-term hopes

    Craig Custance

    This is when we'll find out if the Philadelphia Flyers have another second-half charge in them. On Tuesday night, the Flyers beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in a win that was significant for a number of reasons. For one, it came in the shootout. Until t...

    Blog | January 07, 2015
  4. Why the Bruins have been disappointing

    Craig Custance

    Perhaps this is the game, the one that puts it all together for the Boston Bruins. After being embarrassed by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, the undermanned Bruins came out hard against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday in an impressive 5-2 win...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Success in Vegas? Poker star likes odds

    Craig Custance

    Poker star and Las Vegas resident Daniel Negreanu was in Barcelona, Spain, when he first heard about the serious possibility of Las Vegas landing an NHL expansion team. "I saw the rumor and was jumping up and down like a kid. 'We're getting hockey...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  7. Examining Stephen Weiss' revival

    Craig Custance

    During the 2011-12 season, the last time Stephen Weiss played 80 games, the Detroit Red Wings forward took 1,469 faceoffs -- a total that put him in the top 10 in the league. He won 53.2 percent of those faceoffs, a success rate topped only by Jason ...

    Blog | December 05, 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. 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
  10. How Rangers cope with McDonagh injury

    Craig Custance

    It started off as a conversation about New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and his injured shoulder; then, it escalated into something much bigger. On Saturday, McDonagh took a hit into the boards from Winnipeg's Evander Kane, and the re...

    Blog | November 03, 2014
  11. The NHL's least dispensable players

    Craig Custance

    The early portion of the NHL season has come with a stark reminder: If you want to survive the grind of a long season, you'd better have depth. Especially on defense. One by one, defensemen who are critical to the success of their teams are goi...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  12. Isles benefit from Boychuk's improvement

    Craig Custance

    The theory among scouts and executives regarding Nick Leddy was that once the talented 23-year-old defenseman escaped the depths of the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup, he would blossom in a bigger role. It's one of the reasons New York Islanders general ...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  13. How Bruins can get back on track

    Craig Custance

    After one period of play Wednesday night in Detroit, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien came to a conclusion: It was the best his team had played all season. At this time of the season, the smartest coaches are more concerned with process rather th...

    Blog | October 16, 2014
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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