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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Isles benefit from Boychuk's improvement

    Craig Custance

    The theory among scouts and executives regarding Nick Leddy was that once the talented 23-year-old defenseman escaped the depths of the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup, he would blossom in a bigger role. It's one of the reasons New York Islanders general ...

    Blog | October 24, 2014
  4. Links from around the rink - Oct. 6

    Doug Mittler

    The New York Islanders made a good faith effort to make their final season at Nassau Coliseum a meaningful and entertaining one, acquiring a pair of Stanley Cup winning defensemen. Isles general manager Garth Snow acquired both Johnny Boychuk from...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  5. Links from around the rink - Aug. 25

    Doug Mittler

    Stability may finally be on the horizon for the New York Islanders, but exactly how will the tenure of owner Charles Wang play itself out as the club plans to relocate to Brooklyn after the upcoming season? Rumors of a potential sale of the club s...

    Blog | August 25, 2014
  6. Maturing young defense key to Bruins' run

    Craig Custance

    After the regular season, an NHL scout was debating the merits of Zdeno Chara's Norris Trophy candidacy, and estimated that he was 80 or 90 percent of the player he once was. And Chara still turned in a season that this scout thought was the best amo...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  7. NHL Morning Links - Dec. 6

    Victoria Matiash

    After Thursday's frightening scene in Montreal, news that Johnny Boychuk was cleared to fly home with his team is most welcome. The Boston Bruins defenseman was unable to get up off the ice on his own after being hit into the boards by Montreal Canad...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  8. The NHL's top defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    On Tuesday we explored the Top 10 forward groups in the NHL this season, but scoring alone won't win you a championship. So let's have a look at the NHL's best teams in terms of depth on defense. Chicago's depth and mobility on d...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  9. 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
  10. Hamilton could make Bruins D even better

    Craig Custance

    BOSTON -- It's always a day that's a bit of a revelation about the next wave of NHL stars. Each year, the NHL brings a group of players projected to be picked at the top of the coming draft to a Stanley Cup finals game, where they're i...

    Blog | June 18, 2013
  11. 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Dougie Hamilton could make Boston Br...

    Craig Custance

    Following a clinical defensive display by the Boston Bruins in Game 3, is it possible that their blue line could be even better next season and beyond? Craig Custance writes that Dougie Hamilton gives the Bruins plenty of promising options moving forward.

    Blog | Conversation | June 18, 2013
  12. Why GMs should push D-men to the NHL

    Alvin Chang

    In 2002, the Colorado Avalanche selected defenseman Johnny Boychuk with the 61st overall pick. For six years, he lingered in the WHL and then AHL, until he finally made his NHL debut in 2008. But that summer, the Avs traded their slow-developing blue...

    Blog | March 09, 2011
  13. NHL Draft 2011: How to find fast-developing defensemen and when t...

    Alvin Chang

    Alvin Chang examines why teams hesitate to promote drafted defensemen early in their career and explains why the may want to re-think that practice and bring them to the NHL after just one year of seasoning.

    Blog | Conversation | March 09, 2011