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  1. 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
  2. The financial challenges of NHL players

    Craig Custance

    It was a strange question, not asked often in the confines of a hockey locker room. For a project that will appear in an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine, I asked an NHL player how much money he currently had in his bank account. He thought for...

    Blog | November 21, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Examining impact of Voynov's suspension

    Craig Custance

    It was really the first night there was a tangible on-ice impact from the Slava Voynov suspension. On Tuesday night in Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Kings dressed just 19 players because of the salary cap implications that come with a suspended playe...

    Blog | October 29, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Ten takeaways from opening weekend

    Craig Custance

    Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau understood the sentiment, but quickly shot down the suggestion. It's October. The most meaningful games aren't played until the spring. Teams that are coming off a long playoff run or have huge postseason aspiration...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  8. Bigger role ahead for Marc-Edouard Vlasic

    Craig Custance

    With his teammates on the road in Game 6 of the first round against the Los Angeles Kings and Marc-Edouard Vlasic injured, he stayed back in San Jose. He got some treatment during the day and decided to quietly sit at the bar of a place called Dry Cr...

    Blog | October 10, 2014
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  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. 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
  14. 2014-15 NHL season preview -- Potential unrestricted free agents ...

    Craig Custance

    Auditions: Five UFAs-to-be will light it up while trying to get better deals for next season, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | October 02, 2014
  15. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  16. Tough decision ahead for Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN -- For now, Mike Babcock is still patiently answering questions about his future. He understands how the fact that he's entering the final year of his contract -- and is in no hurry to extend that contract -- is a fascinating ...

    Blog | September 15, 2014