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  1. Summer Trending: Central Division

    Craig Custance

    The Nashville Predators' trade for James Neal had only been official for a few minutes when the questions started as to who would be the center feeding him the puck in Nashville. In Pittsburgh, he had his biggest success with Evgeni Malkin. In Dallas...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  2. Top 10 draft classes of the past 10 years

    Craig Custance

    There's a theory in hockey when it comes to the draft. Get two NHL players out of a draft class and you're doing pretty well. Hit on three and you're ahead of the game. Four? You could be building a dynasty if they're impact players. Teams that mi...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  3. NHL Awards ballots, plus 2014-15 favorites

    Craig Custance and Corey Pronman

    Aside from Cuba Gooding Jr. spicing up the proceedings with his spirited cameo during the NHL Awards Show on Tuesday night, the event went about how you would have expected. Sidney Crosby took home the Hart. Duncan Keith the Norris. Nathan MacKinnon ...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  4. How the Kings prepare for Cup defense

    Craig Custance

    This group of Los Angeles Kings is one that seems to enjoy a challenge. Such as entering the playoffs as a No. 8 seed and winning it all, as they did in 2012. Or dropping three games to start the first round before waking up and beating the San Jose ...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  5. Better dynasty contender: Chicago or LA?

    Craig Custance

    It's natural when a team in this era wins its second Stanley Cup in three years that the question immediately becomes about the franchise's place in history. It happened last spring when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to become the ...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  6. Stanley Cup favorites for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- It was an exhausting run. Three Game 7s and one double overtime were needed to clinch the Stanley Cup. Kings captain Dustin Brown was at a loss for words to describe the feeling. "I'm emotionally spent like I've never been before," ...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  7. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup finals: Top 10 Stanley Cup finals in the l...

    Craig Custance

    The Kings-Rangers series is such a doozy that it prompted us to rank the top 10 series from the past 20 years. ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance takes it on.

    Story | Conversation | June 08, 2014
  8. Boost coming for NHL data collection

    Craig Custance

    The data is coming. The kind of data the hockey community has been yearning for after seeing other sports gather it. Motion-tracking cameras in every arena that record the movements and speed of every single player on the ice are on their way in t...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  9. How the Conn Smythe will be won

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Before the Stanley Cup finals, last year's Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane had already scored 67 percent of his playoff goals. The previous year, before stopping a single shot against the New Jersey Devils, Jonathan Quick had made 75 p...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  10. GM changes make for uncertain offseason

    Craig Custance

    From a pure hockey fan's perspective, it was about as good as it gets. The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference final was two powerhouses exchanging punches until just one was left standing. It was great hockey that e...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  11. How the Blackhawks reload for 2014-15

    Craig Custance

    If there was a team that could repeat, it was this one. Led by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks are as good as any team in the league. They know how to win in the postseason. They're deep, experienced and everything else you'd ...

    Blog | June 01, 2014
  12. Galchenyuk still working on his game

    Craig Custance

    The other goals that Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk mentioned as standouts in his career certainly were prettier. For instance, his shootout goal that helped Team USA win the bronze last year in the World Championships. Legend has it...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  13. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Why the Los Angeles Kings' Drew ...

    Craig Custance

    The Kings' Drew Doughty is making a strong case for a defenseman to win the Conn Smythe award this year, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 22, 2014
  14. Gaborik on the brink of breakthrough?

    Craig Custance

    When the deal to Los Angeles was completed and Jarmo Kekalainen notified Marian Gaborik that his time with the Blue Jackets was over, the Columbus GM made an observation. "I told Marian, 'Maybe our team wasn't ready for him,'" Kekalainen said duri...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  15. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Who is better: Kings' Drew Dough...

    Scott Burnside and Craig Custance

    Which star defenseman would you take to build a team around: Chicago's Duncan Keith or Los Angeles' Drew Doughty? ESPN.com's Scott Burnside and ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance debate.

    Story | Conversation | May 20, 2014
  16. Capitals' quiet coaching, GM search

    Craig Custance

    Now that we've addressed the potential coaching moves in Pittsburgh, a few questions from the Friday mailbag: Are the Caps really putting off their search because of the Wizards playoff run? Wouldn't that be a terrible way to run a franchise? Or d...

    Blog | May 16, 2014