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  1. Hayes has opportunity in New York

    Craig Custance

    The prospect tournaments wrapping up this week can be a hard place for the untrained eye to do true talent evaluations. There's a wide range of skill and a wide range of ages. When a 6-foot-3, 22-year-old forward looks good out there -- like New Y...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  2. Johansen pact will have NHL-wide impact

    Craig Custance

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- For two years, the Columbus Blue Jackets have worked hard to build an identity. They're a four-line, everybody-works, blue-collar group where no one player is more important than the team. In 2013-14, the season started w...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Chasing the Kings: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings have become the gold standard. They've won two Stanley Cups in the past three seasons, and Dean Lombardi has built a roster that is nearly flawless. On Tuesday, we identified the five characteristics that make the Kings' rost...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  5. How P.K. Subban's deal affects RFAs

    Craig Custance

    The new contract for P.K. Subban was announced on a Saturday afternoon. In August. On a holiday weekend in Canada. Because of that, the reaction is just now starting to filter in to Don Meehan and the Newport offices, the agency that masterminded ...

    Blog | August 06, 2014
  6. Summer trending: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Detroit Red Wings had just finished up their prospect camp in Traverse City, Michigan, and the frustration of striking out in free agency was nowhere to be found. Instead, the optimism of youth was everywhere. There was Anthony Mantha, the big...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  7. Top 25 unrestricted free agents

    Craig Custance

    By now, you've heard. It's not a great free agent class. The NHL's general managers are expected to be active on the trade front over the next few weeks, in part because there's not a lot of help in free agency. That's what happens when teams put suc...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  8. If Kings win, Drew Doughty is the MVP

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was having a phone conversation with Bobby Orr when the conversation shifted to defensemen, and just how critical having a great one is to winning a championship. Championship teams need a goalie who makes save...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  9. 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
  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. 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
  12. Penguins could target Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    With coach Dan Bylsma facing a very uncertain future in Pittsburgh, there is one coach who should lead the wish list for Pittsburgh Penguins fans if the ax does fall. Mike Babcock -- the ultimate hire. The Detroit Red Wings' coach has two Olymp...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  13. Patience pays off in player development

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings were on the ice practicing during their 2012 Stanley Cup run and Ron Hextall was sitting in the stands watching. It was clear at that point that he would run his own team someday. He'd paid his dues, put in the mileage as a scou...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  14. Samuelsson's stock on the rise

    Craig Custance

    Coaching hires in the NHL seem to run in trends. Dan Bylsma wins a Stanley Cup, and teams scramble to promote the next Bylsma from the AHL. Guy Boucher takes the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Eastern Conference final and the search is on to find another...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  15. Teams with GM openings look to Boston

    Craig Custance

    It's wise to hire and promote front-office talent from the smartest and most successful franchises. Those executives know exactly what it takes to win, they've been raised and influenced by successful mentors with championship track records. Time ...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  16. Red Wings should go big in free agency

    Craig Custance

    Their kids got them in, but they couldn't get them out of the first round. Injuries, inexperience and running into the best team in the Eastern Conference means the Detroit Red Wings end their season in the first round for the second time in three ye...

    Blog | April 26, 2014