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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. All-Star panel makes Hart Trophy pick

    Craig Custance

    The lockout-shortened 2013 season in which Sidney Crosby's season was further shortened because of an injury was one of the hardest Hart Trophy votes in recent memory. The proof is that the winner is debated even today; just ask colleague and friend ...

    Blog | January 27, 2015
  3. 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
  4. Reality check on mumps' impact

    Craig Custance

    It was a Friday morning in early November when Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin woke up with the swollen face that's become all too common right now around the NHL. He suspected the problem might be mumps, since teammate Corey Perry ha...

    Blog | December 15, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Leafs' problems go beyond Carlyle

    Craig Custance

    Unless you're holed up in a bunker, the Toronto Maple Leafs are inescapable in Toronto. Players, coaches and management can ignore the clips, stay off the Internet, turn off talk radio and you're still going to get the pulse of the hockey fans in Tor...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  8. How NHL teams handle the mumps

    Craig Custance

    When you see Corey Perry's name on the crawl while watching a hockey game and it says "mumps" in parentheses to explain why he's not playing, it's a bit jarring. We're used to things like shoulder injuries, ankle injuries and especially upper- and lo...

    Blog | November 14, 2014
  9. Stamkos still has room to improve

    Craig Custance

    There are still reminders, just about every day. Steven Stamkos has mornings when he wakes up and the leg he broke last season in Boston is stiff. Or there's a momentary scare for coach Jon Cooper like the one Sunday evening in Detroit, when Stamkos ...

    Blog | November 10, 2014
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Andersen among hot starts to believe in

    Craig Custance

    When they worked together in Washington, former Capitals assistant coach Jay Leach shared his philosophy on young defensemen with Bruce Boudreau, current head coach of the Anaheim Ducks: It takes a good 300 NHL games for a young defenseman to figure ...

    Blog | October 22, 2014
  13. Growing pains for Devils' young D-men

    Craig Custance

    It was suggested to New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer that perhaps his team was built in a less-than-ideal fashion. He has a veteran group of forwards led by Jaromir Jagr, Mike Cammalleri and Patrik Elias. The youth is on defense, where 22-year-old...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  14. Staal trade talk premature, complicated

    Craig Custance

    Let's start here: It's premature. Talk of a possible Eric Staal trade has already started and another loss by the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night won't slow it down. The Hurricanes' season is only four games old -- long enough to indicate that ...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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