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  1. Stastny decision could alter Western race

    Craig Custance

    Editor's note: This column posted prior to Paul Stastny agreeing to a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues. It's the one day a year teams that can close the gap on the NHL's best without giving up an asset outside of cap space. The prices to...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  2. Trade Grades: James Neal to Nashville

    Craig Custance

    The deal Predators get: James Neal Penguins get: Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling Nashville Predators: B Predators GM David Poile needed to upgrade his offense under new head coach Peter Laviolette, and landing James Neal certainly does...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  3. NHL Awards ballots, plus 2014-15 favorites

    Craig Custance and Corey Pronman

    Aside from Cuba Gooding Jr. spicing up the proceedings with his spirited cameo during the NHL Awards Show on Tuesday night, the event went about how you would have expected. Sidney Crosby took home the Hart. Duncan Keith the Norris. Nathan MacKinnon ...

    Blog | June 25, 2014
  4. 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
  5. As Subban shines, his price tag increases

    Craig Custance

    Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has an appreciation for hockey history -- especially Montreal's. A recent playoff point streak put his name in the team record books next to Larry Robinson, and he was genuinely honored to hear their names me...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  6. Trotz preparing for the next step

    Craig Custance

    It all changes so fast in the coaching world. One moment you're marveling at the job Adam Oates is doing in reviving the career of Alex Ovechkin, whose production showed signs of slipping. The next, he's fired. One moment you're wondering if Dan...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  7. Links from around the rink: April 14

    Doug Mittler

    The NHL regular season came to a close on Sunday and it was Black Monday for Barry Trotz, the league's longest tenured head coach who was told he would not be back for a 16th season with the Nashville Predators. ESPN Insider's Craig Custance takes...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  8. What's next for Predators, Trotz?

    Craig Custance

    It will be strange seeing someone other than Barry Trotz coaching the Nashville Predators next season, and equally strange seeing Trotz coaching a team other than the Nashville Predators. One is a certainty, with the Predators announcing today ...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  9. Improving the NHL playoff format

    Craig Custance

    When the question was first posed to fans, the response from many was natural: Why fix something that's perfect? NHL playoff hockey is as good a product as there is. A playoff hockey game is better than anything played in March on college basketba...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Ryan Kesler is a deadline game-changer

    Craig Custance

    One NHL assistant general manager couldn't quite articulate why he believed this was going to be an especially active trade deadline. He didn't have any concrete examples, nor was his team particularly close to making a deal. There was just something...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  12. 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
  13. Whose stock surged in Sochi?

    Craig Custance

    Every NHL owner fears an injury to his star players sent to compete in the Winter Olympics. But there's a flip side to the John Tavares scenario (a scenario that we discussed this past week). Some players are returning to the NHL this week with mo...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  14. Projecting USA's 2018 Olympic roster

    Craig Custance

    There's no guarantee that NHL players will be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic games, but the impact stateside of Team USA's fourth-place finish, even if it's disappointing, makes a strong case for it. The Olympics draw the attention of casua...

    Blog | February 22, 2014
  15. Holiday gifts to fill every team's top need

    Craig Custance

    The reality of the salary cap system is that every team has flaws. You have to borrow from one area to strengthen another. General managers have tough choices to make every offseason, and as we get into trade season, it's the time of year some teams ...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  16. Team USA's goaltending in flux

    Craig Custance

    DETROIT -- The Sound Board theater in Detroit's MotorCity Casino was packed with people in hockey representing teams all over the NHL. They were in town to honor Doug Weight, Bill Guerin and the rest of the inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame...

    Blog | December 03, 2013