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  1. Brian Griese

    Brian Griese



    • College football analyst for ESPN
    • 11-year NFL QB and had a 17-5 record as a starter at University of Michigan

    Career NFL Stats
  2. Improving the NHL playoff format

    Craig Custance

    When the question was first posed to fans, the response from many was natural: Why fix something that's perfect? NHL playoff hockey is as good a product as there is. A playoff hockey game is better than anything played in March on college basketba...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  3. The most dangerous potential wild cards

    Craig Custance

    There's going to be one upset -- at least. That's just how the NHL postseason works. It's a league of parity, plus one of these teams battling to get in will just keep on rolling against a team that's been coasting for weeks. Really, once you establi...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  4. Resetting the Western playoff race

    Craig Custance

    As typically happens after most borderline hits, the debate following Brooks Orpik's hit on Jonathan Toews, one that knocked Toews out of the game, centered on the legality and the potential suspension of the offender. For Chicago Blackhawks fans,...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Is the point system debate returning?

    Craig Custance

    It's been brought up before, although without much success. At one NHL general managers meeting a couple of years after the lockout that gave birth to the shootout, the idea to give three points to a regulation win was presented. And then shot down q...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  7. How the Coyotes take the next step

    Craig Custance

    ST. LOUIS -- It's one thing to see the Phoenix Coyotes' puck luck as a blue line on a graph. The website ExtraSkater.com allows you to track a team's luck through the advanced stat PDO -- which measures shooting and save percentage -- in a line graph...

    Blog | January 15, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 10 hinge players who could be crucial

    Craig Custance

    In a league filled with parity, a standout season by one player can make a world of difference. Last year, Jonas Brodin emerged to become one of the game's most impressive, dependable young defensemen and propelled the Minnesota Wild back into t...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  12. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance, Frank Provenzano, Neil Greenberg, Corey Pronman, Robert Vollman and Ryan Schwepfinger rank every NHL team based on how well they're set up for future success.

    Story | Conversation | September 18, 2013
  13. 2013-14 - Ranking the top defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance identifies the NHL's Top 10 defenseman groups, and an NHL scout weighs in with his thoughts on the list.

    Blog | Conversation | August 21, 2013
  14. NHL - Mark Messier's fit as head coach with New York Rangers

    Craig Custance

    Legend Mark Messier is in the running for the Rangers' head coaching job, but what exactly would he bring to the table? Craig Custance examines the Broadway coaching search, as well as how Coyotes coach Dave Tippett may fit into the picture.

    Blog | Conversation | June 03, 2013
  15. Playoffs impacting summer goalie market

    Craig Custance

    In 2011, knowing they wouldn't be able to keep Ilya Bryzgalov, the Phoenix Coyotes prepared a list of replacements. Mike Smith, then with the Tampa Bay Lightning, was at the top. The Coyotes loved his size, how he battled and his ability to play...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  16. NHL - Playoff performances of Marc-Andre Fleury, Corey Crawford a...

    Craig Custance

    With key starters hitting free agency and Roberto Luongo on the trading block, the summer goalie market is already fascinating. But the postseason play of goalies in Pittsburgh and Chicago could further add to the offseason intrigue.

    Blog | Conversation | May 22, 2013
  17. NHL - Patrick Roy stirs up summer coaching talk

    Craig Custance

    With rumors swirling of Patrick Roy's return to Colorado as the Avs' new head coach, Craig Custance explores the summer coaching market and some of the top candidates at the NHL, AHL, junior and college levels.

    Blog | Conversation | May 21, 2013