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  1. 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
  2. Where Blues stand against top contenders

    Craig Custance

    With the St. Louis Blues having been knocked out of the playoffs by some of the best teams in hockey the past few springs, the theory went like this: Coach Ken Hitchcock would measure the progress of the Blues during this regular season on how they d...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  3. Staal trade talk premature, complicated

    Craig Custance

    Let's start here: It's premature. Talk of a possible Eric Staal trade has already started and another loss by the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night won't slow it down. The Hurricanes' season is only four games old -- long enough to indicate that ...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Ranking the top 10 defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    The ideal defense no longer is about matching a puck mover with a stay-at-home defenseman on each pairing. The best teams still have a physical, defensive defenseman around to take care of business when necessary, but the league is skewing toward def...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  6. Anonymous league insiders rank the 30 starting goaltenders - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance asked 15 anonymous NHL coaches, front office executives and a goal scorer to rate every starting goalie, producing a 1-30 ranking.

    Story | Conversation | October 07, 2014
  7. Chasing the Kings: Pacific Division

    Craig Custance

    In the parity-filled NHL, it's hard enough building a team that stands out from the rest. It's even harder in the Pacific Division, where the Los Angeles Kings overshadow their rivals. GM Dean Lombardi has constructed a team that is near perfect in t...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Summer trending: Pacific Division

    Craig Custance

    The past two seasons the Anaheim Ducks have won consecutive Pacific Division titles, including a 116-point regular season last season that was topped only by the Boston Bruins. The postseason success hasn't been there but the team has won enough t...

    Blog | July 25, 2014
  10. The best of what's left in free agency

    Craig Custance

    Last summer, Mason Raymond didn't sign his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs until Sept. 23. He went on to score 19 goals and got a three-year deal with the Calgary Flames on July 1. Ron Hainsey completed his deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on ...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  11. Early free agency grades

    Craig Custance

    The opening hours of NHL free agency were truly frenetic, with signings being announced in a flurry shortly after noon ET. Some teams made their mark ahead of time -- the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars made major upgrades down the middle by tradi...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  12. Trade grades: Jason Spezza to Stars

    Craig Custance

    The deal Stars get: Jason Spezza, Ludwig Karlsson Senators get: Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and 2015 second-round pick Dallas Stars: A+ When GM Jim Nill first arrived in Dallas, his immediate priority was strengthening ...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  13. Trade grades: Ryan Kesler to Anaheim

    Craig Custance

    The deal Ducks get: Ryan Kesler, Vancouver's third-round pick in 2015 draft Canucks get: Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, the 24th overall pick in the 2014 draft and Anaheim's third-round pick in 2014 Anaheim Ducks: A The Ducks went into ...

    Blog | June 27, 2014
  14. The NHL's Vegas expansion plans

    Craig Custance

    Gary Bettman's recent visit to Seattle became big news when word got out he was in town. Later, he'd explain that he was just in the neighborhood, attending playoff games in California, and wanted to see exactly what the latest was with Chris Hansen'...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  15. Where Vigneault makes his biggest impact

    Craig Custance

    New York Rangers defenseman John Moore paused to find the right answer. He was asked to recall a moment the Rangers experienced that would exemplify the way they played under coach Alain Vigneault -- one they might not have made with a different man ...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  16. Penguins could target Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    With coach Dan Bylsma facing a very uncertain future in Pittsburgh, there is one coach who should lead the wish list for Pittsburgh Penguins fans if the ax does fall. Mike Babcock -- the ultimate hire. The Detroit Red Wings' coach has two Olymp...

    Blog | May 16, 2014