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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Brodeur pondering his NHL options

    Craig Custance

    TORONTO -- Watching Martin Brodeur walk down the red carpet to witness the 2014 class get inducted into hockey's Hall of Fame, it's not hard to imagine him being honored in the same way in the next few years. He smiled when he was asked if he was tak...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  7. Richards' growing impact for Blackhawks

    Craig Custance

    It was a milestone event for Brad Richards. Game No. 1,000 came in Chicago on Sunday against the Dallas Stars and was an opportunity for reflection and to get his family together to appreciate a long and outstanding career. But Richards wants to...

    Blog | November 17, 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. Filip Forsberg clicking in Nashville

    Craig Custance

    Like all teams preparing for the NHL draft, the Washington Capitals went through countless mock drafts leading up to the 2012 entry draft. With two picks in the first round that year, the Capitals planned on going with skill with their No. 11 pick an...

    Blog | November 13, 2014
  10. Is 3-on-3 overtime coming to the NHL?

    Craig Custance

    The more he talked about it, the more he seemed to warm up to it. I checked in with an AHL head coach this week to see what he thought of the league's new overtime system, one in which a seven-minute overtime is split between 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 action...

    Blog | November 12, 2014
  11. Trade Grades: Moen-Gonchar swap

    Craig Custance

    The deal Montreal Canadiens get: Sergei Gonchar, D. Dallas Stars get: Travis Moen, LW. Montreal Canadiens: C Even with Dallas retaining 8 percent of Gonchar's salary, the $4.6 million cap hit (per CapGeek.com) is a hefty ticket for a 40...

    Blog | November 11, 2014
  12. Curing the injured defensemen epidemic

    Craig Custance

    Anecdotally, it appears to be a problem. It seems like NHL defensemen are dropping like flies, especially considering that prominent defensemen like Zdeno Chara, Ryan McDonagh and Victor Hedman remain out with injuries. When McDonagh went down, ...

    Blog | November 11, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Showcase game on tap for college hockey

    Craig Custance

    Boston College hockey coach Jerry York started rattling off the names of high-end draft picks from college programs over the years -- guys like Bill Guerin, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson and Brian Leetch. "We've had players who have certainly gone [h...

    Blog | November 07, 2014
  15. Why the Penguins signed Fleury deal now

    Craig Custance

    With the potential of free agency looming for one of his most high-profile clients, Allan Walsh was given pretty clear instructions from Marc-Andre Fleury. Get a deal done. New Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford made his affinity...

    Blog | November 06, 2014
  16. Penguins, Wild off to fast starts

    Craig Custance

    If it were the same old factors that made the Pittsburgh Penguins successful in the past driving their recent five-game win streak, there would be no special reason for optimism. However, since losing to Detroit in overtime on Oct. 23, Pittsburgh ...

    Blog | November 05, 2014