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  1. Ranking the best coaches available

    Craig Custance

    After firing Dallas Eakins, Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said he will transition the coaching job to Todd Nelson, promoted from the American Hockey League. Nelson is a widely respected coach who had success at that level, so he's e...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  2. Bylsma's wait might not be much longer

    Craig Custance

    When Dan Bylsma was working in the AHL and the parent club Pittsburgh Penguins needed something, he typically heard from former Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher. So when he saw a phone call coming from Ray Shero, a call that led to his hirin...

    Blog | November 24, 2014
  3. Jets could be selling talent soon

    Craig Custance

    It was a game the Winnipeg Jets couldn't be happy about losing. You get the New Jersey Devils into a shootout, normally you have to like your chances. Winnipeg lost to New Jersey on Thursday night in the shootout, although it wasn't the worst effo...

    Blog | October 31, 2014
  4. What does success look like in Pittsburgh?

    Craig Custance

    The Friday mailbag is back -- the surest sign that the hockey season is nearly upon us. As always, your participation in making this one of the most enjoyable parts of my week is greatly appreciated. The questions are often better than the answers, w...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  5. Top candidates to replace Bylsma

    Craig Custance

    Jim Rutherford wasted no time making the change, mercifully letting Dan Bylsma go as his first course of action as the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It won't take long for Bylsma to find a job, if that's what he wants to do. The ...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Bylsma, Fleury decisions loom for Pens

    Craig Custance

    One more win. One more win and the Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive year and fourth time in seven seasons. It might have been just enough to satisfy high expectations and prevent major change. ...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  8. Samuelsson's stock on the rise

    Craig Custance

    Coaching hires in the NHL seem to run in trends. Dan Bylsma wins a Stanley Cup, and teams scramble to promote the next Bylsma from the AHL. Guy Boucher takes the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Eastern Conference final and the search is on to find another...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  9. NHL - 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang...

    Craig Custance

    One month ago, it was unimaginable that Kris Letang would play this postseason after suffering a stroke earlier in the season. Now the Penguins defenseman is on his way back to being an impact player, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | May 06, 2014
  10. The Ducks' crease controversy

    Craig Custance

    It's the playoffs, so the fact Bruce Boudreau didn't telegraph his starting goalie for Friday night's game between his Ducks and the Stars isn't surprising. Nor is the fact there's a goalie controversy brewing in Anaheim. Boudreau took a risk st...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  11. With loss, pressure building in Pittsburgh

    Craig Custance

    With so many other good storylines and incredible games going on during this Stanley Cup playoff season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been left to compete against the Columbus Blue Jackets without too much scrutiny and glare. That ended Wednesday ...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  12. Breaking down Miller vs. Quick

    Craig Custance

    First, let's get this out of the way. It's a good problem to have. At some point, Dan Bylsma is going to have to choose between Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick as the Team USA starting goalie, and it's like calling a coin toss when you know both sides...

    Blog | February 07, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Can Pens keep up pace despite injuries?

    Craig Custance

    The vision of Evgeni Malkin in pain on the ice, then trying to skate off only to fall back onto the ice in pain was still fresh after the Penguins' win Saturday in Detroit. So to see him walking around at all in the Penguins' dressing room afterward,...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  15. 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
  16. 2013 NHL Playoffs - Pittsburgh Penguins need quick fixes or face ...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance consults with NHL coaches on how the Penguins can try to rebound in their series against the Bruins -- and adds that big changes could be coming to Pittsburgh this offseason if the team continues to underperform.

    Blog | Conversation | June 05, 2013