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  1. The top need for every team

    Craig Custance

    On Dec. 27, the NHL's roster freeze is lifted, and general managers can return to trying to address their teams. Moves have been relatively quiet this season, but every day the trade deadline draws closer, the chances we'll see trades increases. ...

    Blog | December 23, 2014
  2. Islanders maturing into Eastern power

    Craig Custance

    John Tavares will tell you that the New York Islanders haven't always been this mentally tough. They haven't always been able to shake off a couple of losses, dig in and move on. Twice this month, the Islanders blew three-goal leads. Those are the...

    Blog | December 22, 2014
  3. Is there enough talent for expansion?

    Craig Custance

    Shortly after Las Vegas was knighted by the NHL as a legitimate expansion option, the questions of its viability started to roll in. Could another team succeed in the desert? Are there enough hockey fans in Las Vegas to purchase enough season tickets...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Despite results, Devils support DeBoer

    Craig Custance

    Following Saturday's loss to the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer didn't mince words in his assessment of the game. He pointedly explained that the Capitals' power play was better than the Devils' power play. And that th...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  6. Valuing leadership in the age of analytics

    Craig Custance

    Like any red-blooded human about to make his NHL debut, Jason Demers had nerves going into his first game. Five years and 305 NHL games later, he still recalls the impact of former San Jose Sharks teammate Rob Blake, who helped calm Demers down back ...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  7. Impact of an uncertain cap for 2015-16

    Craig Custance

    This is what it has come to for NHL teams trying to project next season's salary cap: At least one team has had conversations with currency speculators to come up with the most accurate picture of where the Canadian dollar is headed in order to make ...

    Blog | December 02, 2014
  8. Top 20 UFAs for 2015

    Craig Custance

    When Jason Spezza signed his four-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars worth $7.5 million per season, the initial thought was that it seemed high for a player on the downside of his career. All it took was a quick glance at the 2015 fre...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  9. Leafs' problems go beyond Carlyle

    Craig Custance

    Unless you're holed up in a bunker, the Toronto Maple Leafs are inescapable in Toronto. Players, coaches and management can ignore the clips, stay off the Internet, turn off talk radio and you're still going to get the pulse of the hockey fans in Tor...

    Blog | November 20, 2014
  10. Brodeur pondering his NHL options

    Craig Custance

    TORONTO -- Watching Martin Brodeur walk down the red carpet to witness the 2014 class get inducted into hockey's Hall of Fame, it's not hard to imagine him being honored in the same way in the next few years. He smiled when he was asked if he was tak...

    Blog | November 18, 2014
  11. How NHL teams handle the mumps

    Craig Custance

    When you see Corey Perry's name on the crawl while watching a hockey game and it says "mumps" in parentheses to explain why he's not playing, it's a bit jarring. We're used to things like shoulder injuries, ankle injuries and especially upper- and lo...

    Blog | November 14, 2014
  12. Is 3-on-3 overtime coming to the NHL?

    Craig Custance

    The more he talked about it, the more he seemed to warm up to it. I checked in with an AHL head coach this week to see what he thought of the league's new overtime system, one in which a seven-minute overtime is split between 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 action...

    Blog | November 12, 2014
  13. NHL -- Rob Blake's hard work helped him blend seamlessly into win...

    Craig Custance

    Lifelong connections remain important to the hardworking, humble Rob Blake, who learned from the very best during his journey from pond hockey to the Hall of Fame, Craig Custance writes.

    Story | Conversation | November 11, 2014
  14. NHL -- Defending the Blue Line is helping military families stay ...

    Craig Custance

    The Defending the Blue Line organization is helping military families defray the cost of hockey for their children, Craig Custance writes.

    Story | Conversation | November 10, 2014
  15. Showcase game on tap for college hockey

    Craig Custance

    Boston College hockey coach Jerry York started rattling off the names of high-end draft picks from college programs over the years -- guys like Bill Guerin, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson and Brian Leetch. "We've had players who have certainly gone [h...

    Blog | November 07, 2014
  16. Why the Penguins signed Fleury deal now

    Craig Custance

    With the potential of free agency looming for one of his most high-profile clients, Allan Walsh was given pretty clear instructions from Marc-Andre Fleury. Get a deal done. New Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford made his affinity...

    Blog | November 06, 2014