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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Mapping Canucks' uncertain future

    Craig Custance

    As teams are eliminated from the 2014 postseason, the focus shifts to next season, and we'll be examining some of the teams expected to have the most interesting summers. Here's an early look at the Vancouver Canucks' offseason priorities, projected ...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  11. Next steps for league expansion

    Craig Custance

    First, let me come clean. I wanted to touch on expansion in this mailbag, and as of Thursday afternoon, there wasn't a single question on it in the mailbag. So I turned to Twitter with my expansion request and you guys didn't disappoint. So, let's st...

    Blog | March 14, 2014
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. NHL trade deadline debates

    Craig Custance

    How much time left does Chris Stewart have in St. Louis? Should the Blue Jackets trade Marian Gaborik? Is there hope for New York Islanders fans? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. If you want to be featured in next week's mailbag, send...

    Blog | February 21, 2014
  15. Jack Eichel turning heads with Team USA

    Craig Custance

    Jack Eichel was in eighth grade when the Boston Bruins played the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. He had to watch the first two Bruins losses from a hotel room in Quebec because of a school trip. He was back home in Massachuset...

    Blog | December 31, 2013
  16. Ranking candidates for Buffalo's GM job

    Craig Custance

    It was a moment of self-awareness that demonstrates why Pat LaFontaine might have been an inspired choice to run the Buffalo Sabres' hockey operations. Sabres owner Terry Pegula told a story during the news conference of a meeting with LaFontaine in ...

    Blog | November 14, 2013