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  1. How Trotz can transform the Capitals

    Craig Custance

    It all started so promising. The Washington Capitals jumped out to a 3-0-2 start this season. The summer moves made by GM Brian MacLellan were the right fixes. Barry Trotz was the coaching savior. But the playoffs can't be clinched in the first...

    Blog | November 04, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Chasing the Kings: Metropolitan Division

    Craig Custance

    The Pacific may be the home of the defending champs, and the Central may be the league's deepest and strongest division. But no division comes with more intrigue than the Metropolitan, a division where nearly every team can make the playoffs. Or not....

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  4. Top 10 draft classes of the past 10 years

    Craig Custance

    There's a theory in hockey when it comes to the draft. Get two NHL players out of a draft class and you're doing pretty well. Hit on three and you're ahead of the game. Four? You could be building a dynasty if they're impact players. Teams that mi...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  5. 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
  6. The NHL's most impressive players

    Craig Custance

    With the season more than one-quarter complete, we've seen awards and superlatives handed out to those who have been the most impressive. But nobody knows what's going on in the game quite like those on the ice. So as we head into the second quart...

    Blog | November 26, 2013
  7. NHL - Mike Ribeiro's production should continue to improve

    Craig Custance

    After signing with the Phoenix Coyotes this offseason, Mike Ribeiro has had some early-season struggles. However, ESPN Insider Craig Custance writes that his production should improve.

    Blog | Conversation | October 16, 2013
  8. NHL - Custance Friday mailbag on Wild early struggles, Bruins goa...

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance dives into his mailbag for the first Q&A of the 2013-14 season, including a question on which coach is on the hottest seat right now.

    Blog | Conversation | October 11, 2013
  9. Early-season player usage surprises

    Craig Custance

    Every coach and GM has his own barometer for when he starts making judgments on how the team is shaping up during a season. The Philadelphia Flyers, as we learned, might be the least forgiving. St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock prefers to reach do...

    Blog | October 08, 2013
  10. Surprising early-season player usage trends around the NHL

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance examines seven surprising player usage trends in the early portion of the 2013-14 season, including Mikael Backlund, Martin Erat and Mark Fayne.

    Blog | Conversation | October 08, 2013
  11. NHL - 2013 mock expansion draft protected teams in East

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance reveals which players in the East would be protected from being selected in a mock NHL expansion draft.

    Story | Conversation | September 10, 2013
  12. Habs top five fits for Vinny Lecavalier

    Craig Custance

    It was a decision necessitated by the new collective bargaining agreement. The Lightning are buying out the remainder of Vinny Lecavalier's contract and it's not because of performance. Yes, he was overpaid with a cap hit north of $7 millio...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  13. 2013 NHL free agency - Montreal Canadiens among five fits for Vin...

    Craig Custance

    With the Lightning buying out Vinny Lecavalier, Craig Custance takes a look at where he could land.

    Blog | Conversation | June 27, 2013
  14. 2013 NHL Draft - Patrick Roy, Avs acknowledge D woes, lean toward...

    Craig Custance

    Patrick Roy knows the NHL draft can be a bit of a crapshoot. He lived it. In 1984, 50 picks were made before the Canadiens selected him in the third round at No. 51. 22 years later, he was in the Hall of Fame. Armed with the No. 1 overall pick in h...

    Blog | Conversation | June 25, 2013
  15. Hart Trophy chasers close in on Crosby

    Craig Custance

    It wasn't one of those games where goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky strapped the Columbus Blue Jackets to his back and carried them to two points, but last night's 4-3 win in San Jose was his 19th of the season. And it was another tight game. ...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  16. Can Sidney Crosby hold on to Hart Trophy lead? -- NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the unlikely playoff charge of the Columbus Blue Jackets has created a new challenger in the Hart Trophy race.

    Blog | Conversation | April 22, 2013