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  1. Next steps for Buffalo Sabres

    Craig Custance

    Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray is in full sell mode right now. While he hasn't ruled out another deal like the Evander Kane trade, he set the odds at 80 percent that he'll sell his rentals compared to 20 percent that he'll make a pure hockey trade befo...

    Blog | February 27, 2015
  2. Atkinson's unique value in trade

    Craig Custance

    Cam Atkinson didn't register a point during the Columbus Blue Jackets' win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, and that's noteworthy because it's an anomaly lately. It was just the second time in his past seven games that he was held off the sc...

    Blog | February 20, 2015
  3. Anders Lee surging into Calder race

    Craig Custance

    For a brief moment on Thursday, New York Islanders rookie Anders Lee caught up to Nashville's Filip Forsberg for the rookie goal-scoring lead before Forsberg scored against the Jets. It likely won't be the last time Lee pushes himself to the top...

    Blog | February 13, 2015
  4. Interest high in Kane, despite drama

    Craig Custance

    Editor's note: This post was published prior to the news that Evander Kane will undergo shoulder surgery and is expected to be out for four-six months. Read more here. As the Evander Kane saga moves from "what happened?" to "what next?" the bigges...

    Blog | February 06, 2015
  5. Chicago's latest trade subtle, yet strong

    Craig Custance

    Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman was chatting about the franchise's use of analytics for ESPN The Magazine's coming analytics issue when the topic of using advanced stats for trade analysis came up. Bowman is always careful about revealing too mu...

    Blog | January 30, 2015
  6. Comeback win masks Kings' concerns

    Craig Custance

    It was a win that was vintage Los Angeles Kings. Against the Vancouver Canucks, a team the Kings are jostling with for the No. 2 spot in the Pacific Division, Thursday night's 3-2 comeback win had all the elements you'd expect from a Kings victory. ...

    Blog | January 02, 2015
  7. Success in Vegas? Poker star likes odds

    Craig Custance

    Poker star and Las Vegas resident Daniel Negreanu was in Barcelona, Spain, when he first heard about the serious possibility of Las Vegas landing an NHL expansion team. "I saw the rumor and was jumping up and down like a kid. 'We're getting hockey...

    Blog | December 19, 2014
  8. Panthers' success starts with Luongo

    Craig Custance

    One unmistakable sign of a good goaltender is making saves and thriving regardless of the team out front. There are some goalies who put up big seasons, and it's impossible not to suspect that part of the reason is the system or the team. Then, th...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Rangers adjustments key to survival

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Four games in, the familiarity between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers has heightened. With that come the adjustments. The Rangers realize the Kings play a simple, structured game, and they get a lot of pucks on net,...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  11. Boost coming for NHL data collection

    Craig Custance

    The data is coming. The kind of data the hockey community has been yearning for after seeing other sports gather it. Motion-tracking cameras in every arena that record the movements and speed of every single player on the ice are on their way in t...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  12. Capitals' quiet coaching, GM search

    Craig Custance

    Now that we've addressed the potential coaching moves in Pittsburgh, a few questions from the Friday mailbag: Are the Caps really putting off their search because of the Wizards playoff run? Wouldn't that be a terrible way to run a franchise? Or d...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Vanek's off-puck play becoming an issue?

    Craig Custance

    One of the interesting subplots to the Montreal Canadiens' impressive 4-3 Game 1 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night is they essentially did it without Thomas Vanek. The game extended into two overtimes and yet Vanek played just 18:58 -- ...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  15. 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
  16. Can anyone beat the Bruins?

    Craig Custance

    What's the dream third line? What's next for the Washington Capitals if they miss the playoffs? How would the Dallas Stars fare against the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs? Can anyone beat the Boston Bruins? All this and more in this week's mailbag. ...

    Blog | April 04, 2014