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  1. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  2. Tough decision ahead for Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN -- For now, Mike Babcock is still patiently answering questions about his future. He understands how the fact that he's entering the final year of his contract -- and is in no hurry to extend that contract -- is a fascinating ...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  3. Conn Smythe win still emotional for Justin Williams

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK -- It was 15 seconds or so before commissioner Gary Bettman shared to the world that Justin Williams was the Conn Smythe winner following the Kings' Stanley Cup-clinching win in Los Angeles. Kings vice president of communications Mike Alt...

    Blog | September 09, 2014
  4. Focus shifts to the NHL trade market

    Craig Custance

    While holding court with reporters in Philadelphia after the draft, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz explained how he saw the next week or so playing out. He anticipated very little serious trade talk until teams figured out how they did in free...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Stastny decision could alter Western race

    Craig Custance

    Editor's note: This column posted prior to Paul Stastny agreeing to a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues. It's the one day a year teams that can close the gap on the NHL's best without giving up an asset outside of cap space. The prices to...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  7. If Kings win, Drew Doughty is the MVP

    Craig Custance

    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was having a phone conversation with Bobby Orr when the conversation shifted to defensemen, and just how critical having a great one is to winning a championship. Championship teams need a goalie who makes save...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  8. Mike Richards finding game at right time

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK -- Talk to Mike Richards' teammates with the Los Angeles Kings, and inevitably the conversation moves to the conclusion that he's a winner. He has won at every level. He's got a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a Stan...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  9. Lure of Stanley Cup strong for agents

    Craig Custance

    The closest thing to winning a Stanley Cup for an agent is when a client wins one. Through years of building the talent in his agency with guys such as Tim Thomas, Antti Niemi, Brian Rafalski, John Madden and Tuukka Rask, Bill Zito hit that pinnacle ...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  10. 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
  11. Futa a future GM, just not yet

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- This is how attached Mike Futa gets to the players he helps develop. When the Los Angeles Kings acquired Mike Richards, the veteran center who helped them win their first Stanley Cup, GM Dean Lombardi pulled Futa aside and broke the news. ...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  12. Toews' no-goal shows process needs work

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO -- We expect perfection. In this era of high-definition TV, replays as GIFs on Twitter moments after plays happen in real life and cameras from every angle, we know when a call is missed. Usually instantly. In the case of Jonathan Toews'...

    Blog | May 19, 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. Wild should extend Yeo, consider Vanek

    Craig Custance

    There was significant growth. The Minnesota Wild made the playoffs for the second consecutive season, and after losing convincingly to the Chicago Blackhawks last year, upset the Colorado Avalanche this year, then pushed Chicago further than most any...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  15. 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
  16. Bryzgalov, Heatley ready for Game 1

    Craig Custance

    CHICAGO - The Minesota Wild had three goalies on the ice for their morning skate on Friday, none of whom were rookie Darcy Kuemper, who remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered in Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche. Veteran Ilya Br...

    Blog | May 02, 2014