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  1. Increasing FA value in the postseason

    Craig Custance

    At the start of the season, Paul Stastny was completely content entering the final year of his contract without a new deal with the Colorado Avalanche. He was 27 years old, had played in a total of 15 career playoff games and was getting to the point...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  2. Breaking down the Conn Smythe race

    Craig Custance

    It must have seemed like an eternity, but the wait is almost over for Boston Bruins fans, who finally get to see their team make its 2014 postseason debut tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. It's the final first-round series to begin, and it has a...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  3. Ranking postseason goalies

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the postseason underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. On Tuesday, it was the defensemen's turn. Today, here's the ranking of the goalten...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  4. Ranking postseason defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. Today, here's the ranking of the 16 playoff defenseman groups: 1. St. Louis Bl...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  5. Ranking the postseason forward groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs officially underway, we're ranking all 16 playoff teams by position. Up first, we'll rank the forward groups. Note that the Corsi stats are courtesy of ExtraSkater.com, while the other s...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  6. How to beat the six heavyweights

    Craig Custance

    When the playoffs begin, there will be 16 teams with Stanley Cup dreams. When you break down the rosters, health and performances of those teams, however, six stand out as the heavyweights. Pick a Stanley Cup winner from a group that includes the ...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  7. The most dangerous potential wild cards

    Craig Custance

    There's going to be one upset -- at least. That's just how the NHL postseason works. It's a league of parity, plus one of these teams battling to get in will just keep on rolling against a team that's been coasting for weeks. Really, once you establi...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  8. Links from around the rink: April 1

    Doug Mittler

    In case you missed it, Monday's Insider content featured our Craig Custance taking a look at why the two-horse race between the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks is so important out West. The loser projects to get the Los Angeles Kings as a difficult...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  9. Resetting the Western playoff race

    Craig Custance

    As typically happens after most borderline hits, the debate following Brooks Orpik's hit on Jonathan Toews, one that knocked Toews out of the game, centered on the legality and the potential suspension of the offender. For Chicago Blackhawks fans,...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  10. NHL - Ryan Miller, Paul Stastny among top 25 free agents for 2014...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance takes an early look at the top 25 NHL free agents this upcoming offseason. St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller and Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny lead the list.

    Story | Conversation | March 12, 2014
  11. Cap projection dip could affect free agency

    Craig Custance

    BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Following the trade deadline, Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi was chatting with the local media and mentioned that the slumping Canadian dollar might shift next year's salary cap to $68 million, down from earlier estimates. ...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  12. How salary retention alters trade options

    Craig Custance

    BOCA RATON, Fla. -- When the Columbus Blue Jackets got serious about trading Marian Gaborik and the trade deadline was closing in, there were about six teams that GM Jarmo Kekalainen considered legitimate suitors. With those six teams came a ran...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  13. Which Central power will win the division?

    Craig Custance

    It was the first game for the Colorado Avalanche following the Christmas break, and a small gathering of reporters in Chicago chatted with Colorado coach Patrick Roy about his team's chances in the Central Division. One of them was NHL.com's Brian...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  14. NHL - Case for the Cup - Update on Stanley Cup predictions

    Now that the trade deadline has passed and a quarter of the regular season remains, the ESPN.com NHL crew tells us if they still like their preseason Stanley Cup predictions.

    Story | Conversation | March 05, 2014
  15. Trade grades: Marian Gaborik to the Kings

    Craig Custance

    The deal Kings get: F Marian Gaborik Blue Jackets get: F Matt Frattin, a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick Los Angeles Kings: C- The Kings were leery of paying the hefty asking price for Thomas Vanek, in part because ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  16. Washington Capitals' trade deadline plans

    Craig Custance

    Alex Ovechkin felt compelled to apologize for his team's performance in the Olympics. Nicklas Backstrom had to sit out the gold-medal game because of a doping violation. John Carlson's Americans were embarrassed in the bronze-medal game. Yeah, the...

    Blog | February 26, 2014