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  1. Vanek's off-puck play becoming an issue?

    Craig Custance

    One of the interesting subplots to the Montreal Canadiens' impressive 4-3 Game 1 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night is they essentially did it without Thomas Vanek. The game extended into two overtimes and yet Vanek played just 18:58 -- ...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  2. Expectations on MacKinnon's first playoffs

    Craig Custance

    DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was a 20-year-old when he first had the opportunity to play in the NHL playoffs, backstopping the Montreal Canadiens. For reasons he can't remember now -- because he estimates he weighed about 165 pounds...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Team USA roster winners and losers

    Craig Custance

    As Team USA Olympic GM David Poile went down the list of players he hated to leave off his Olympic roster, he worked in so many names that it started to sound a bit like an Oscar acceptance speech where the winner tried to cram in everyone they could...

    Blog | January 02, 2014
  6. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance, Frank Provenzano, Neil Greenberg, Corey Pronman, Robert Vollman and Ryan Schwepfinger rank every NHL team based on how well they're set up for future success.

    Story | Conversation | September 18, 2013
  7. 2013 NHL offseason - Detroit Red Wings lead early free agency Day...

    Craig Custance

    With the early rush of NHL free agency in the books, Craig Custance writes that the Red Wings emerged in fine fashion after landing Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss. Meanwhile, Cup finalist Boston missed out on its early targets.

    Blog | Conversation | July 05, 2013
  8. Big decisions coming for Pens, Malkin

    Craig Custance

    It seemed so much easier to diagnose a year ago. The Philadelphia Flyers were the archrival who threw the Pittsburgh Penguins off their game and got to goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Discipline and goaltending -- those were easy problems to solve. Or...

    Blog | June 08, 2013
  9. 2013 NHL Playoffs - Big decisions coming for Evgeni Malkin, Pitts...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that, after the Pittsburgh Penguins' playoff exit, GM Ray Shero has some big decisions to make -- starting with what to do with star center Evgeni Malkin.

    Blog | Conversation | June 08, 2013
  10. Defense key to Lightning success

    Craig Custance

    This offseason, when Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman and coach Guy Boucher discussed what needed to be done to get the team back into the playoffs, the focus turned quickly to defense. So much attention was placed on the Lightning g...

    Blog | January 31, 2013
  11. NHL - New defensive focus key to Lightning success

    Craig Custance

    Additions of defensemen Sami Salo and Matt Carle have been monumental for the Lightning, Craig Custance writes. He also looks whether or not the Kings will trade forward Andrei Loktionov.

    Blog | Conversation | January 31, 2013
  12. Potential lockout winners and losers

    Craig Custance

    Nobody truly wins when there is a lockout. The last time around, the owners thought they got what they wanted in cost certainty and a salary cap. Now, they're fighting to change the system again from one the players would be more than happy to k...

    Blog | September 11, 2012
  13. NHL - Potential lockout "winners" and "losers"

    Craig Custance

    No one "wins" in a lockout, but there are some teams and players that are hit harder than others ... and there are a few that might benefit from some extra time off. Craig Custance surveys who might be affected more or less if the NHL shuts its doors.

    Blog | Conversation | September 11, 2012
  14. NHL - Projecting Team USA's 2014 Olympic Roster for Sochi

    Craig Custance

    With the 2012 Summer Games serving as a back drop, Craig Custance starts looking ahead to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, projecting what a possible American roster might look like given an influx of young talent.

    Blog | Conversation | August 08, 2012
  15. 2012 NHL draft grades -- Penguins, Canadiens among top marks

    Grant Sonier and Craig Custance

    ESPN Insiders Grant Sonier and Craig Custance review each team's picks and trades to see who came out on top following the 2012 NHL entry draft in Pittsburgh.

    Story | Conversation | June 23, 2012
  16. NHL 2012 Free Agency - Top 50 Free Agents Rankings

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance evaluates the top 50 free agents in the 2012 class.

    Story | Conversation | June 18, 2012