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  1. Impact of an uncertain cap for 2015-16

    Craig Custance

    This is what it has come to for NHL teams trying to project next season's salary cap: At least one team has had conversations with currency speculators to come up with the most accurate picture of where the Canadian dollar is headed in order to make ...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. How Rangers cope with McDonagh injury

    Craig Custance

    It started off as a conversation about New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and his injured shoulder; then, it escalated into something much bigger. On Saturday, McDonagh took a hit into the boards from Winnipeg's Evander Kane, and the re...

    Blog | November 03, 2014
  6. 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
  7. The NHL's least dispensable players

    Craig Custance

    The early portion of the NHL season has come with a stark reminder: If you want to survive the grind of a long season, you'd better have depth. Especially on defense. One by one, defensemen who are critical to the success of their teams are goi...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  8. 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
  9. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Which NHL teams are set up for the most success in 2017-18 and beyond? According to our panel of experts, it's the Chicago Blackhawks. Check out the full list, and analysis of each team, in the Future Power Rankings.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2014
  10. Ranking the top 10 forward groups

    Craig Custance

    The final opening-night rosters turned in by NHL teams Tuesday showed a continued evolution at forward. The notion of a top six and bottom six is starting to disappear. The best teams have three skilled lines that are almost interchangeable and a fou...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  11. 2014-15 NHL season preview -- Five players on their last chance

    Craig Custance

    Cliffhangers: This might be the last chance for these five to have a big impact, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Isles, Lightning youth can make impact

    Craig Custance

    In 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the regular season with an even-strength save percentage of .913. Only six teams were worse, and it was the major reason the Lightning finished better than just two other NHL teams in the standings. Then...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  15. Devils among top bounce back candidates

    Craig Custance

    The New Jersey Devils are so inclined to keep information in house that they didn't reveal how many years Andy Greene's contract extension was for during the announcement of his deal being signed on Wednesday. Contrast that against the Ottawa Sena...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  16. 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