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  1. Summer trending: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Detroit Red Wings had just finished up their prospect camp in Traverse City, Michigan, and the frustration of striking out in free agency was nowhere to be found. Instead, the optimism of youth was everywhere. There was Anthony Mantha, the big...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  2. Early free agency grades

    Craig Custance

    The opening hours of NHL free agency were truly frenetic, with signings being announced in a flurry shortly after noon ET. Some teams made their mark ahead of time -- the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars made major upgrades down the middle by tradi...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  3. Top 10 draft classes of the past 10 years

    Craig Custance

    There's a theory in hockey when it comes to the draft. Get two NHL players out of a draft class and you're doing pretty well. Hit on three and you're ahead of the game. Four? You could be building a dynasty if they're impact players. Teams that mi...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  4. Top 25 unrestricted free agents

    Craig Custance

    By now, you've heard. It's not a great free agent class. The NHL's general managers are expected to be active on the trade front over the next few weeks, in part because there's not a lot of help in free agency. That's what happens when teams put suc...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  5. Galchenyuk still working on his game

    Craig Custance

    The other goals that Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk mentioned as standouts in his career certainly were prettier. For instance, his shootout goal that helped Team USA win the bronze last year in the World Championships. Legend has it...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  6. As Subban shines, his price tag increases

    Craig Custance

    Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has an appreciation for hockey history -- especially Montreal's. A recent playoff point streak put his name in the team record books next to Larry Robinson, and he was genuinely honored to hear their names me...

    Blog | May 14, 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. Under scrutiny, Matt Cooke returns

    Craig Custance

    Kris Letang said he has never faced Matt Cooke in an NHL game, which puts him among the fortunate few for NHL defensemen. "Yeah," he said, smiling. "Lucky me." But he doesn't need experience to know that Cooke is a pain in the rear to play agai...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  9. Niskanen's value continues to grow

    Craig Custance

    First it was Brooks Orpik who went down, hurt again early on in his return to the lineup on Wednesday night. Then Kris Letang was off the ice for a stretch because of an apparent equipment issue. For a few minutes of their Game 4 win over the New ...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  10. Avs need to keep Stastny, O'Reilly

    Craig Custance

    It might not feel like it now, with the disappointment of losing to the Minnesota Wild still fresh, but this season exceeded even the most optimistic projections for the Colorado Avalanche. All things considered, Patrick Roy's NHL coaching debut was ...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  11. Red Wings should go big in free agency

    Craig Custance

    Their kids got them in, but they couldn't get them out of the first round. Injuries, inexperience and running into the best team in the Eastern Conference means the Detroit Red Wings end their season in the first round for the second time in three ye...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  12. Fantasy Grapevine: UFA defensemen

    Victoria Matiash

    Potential fantasy impact of forward signings | Goalies Conventional hockey wisdom suggests a player on defense benefits more from experience and maturity than a forward, and that a typical NHL defenseman hits peak performance around 27 years of ag...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Mailbag on Kovalchuk, Pens, more

    Craig Custance

    This is why hockey fans are the best: It's the middle of summer and the questions keep pouring in for the mailbag. I will be tackling them over the course of the summer, so if I didn't get to yours this time, just know that I'm working...

    Blog | July 15, 2013
  16. 2013 NHL offseason - Answering questions on Ilya Kovalchuk, Pitts...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance answers questions for his offseason mailbag, weighing in on Ilya Kovalchuk, the Blackhawks' health during the playoffs and possible moves for the Penguins.

    Blog | Conversation | July 15, 2013