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  1. Next Babcock deal could alter landscape

    Craig Custance

    Imagine for a moment that you're a young and talented AHL coach. You've just coached three games in three days, it's Sunday night and you're exhausted. The phone rings. It's the NHL general manager of your parent team. They've fired their ...

    Blog | October 23, 2014
  2. Growing pains for Devils' young D-men

    Craig Custance

    It was suggested to New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer that perhaps his team was built in a less-than-ideal fashion. He has a veteran group of forwards led by Jaromir Jagr, Mike Cammalleri and Patrik Elias. The youth is on defense, where 22-year-old...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  3. Staal trade talk premature, complicated

    Craig Custance

    Let's start here: It's premature. Talk of a possible Eric Staal trade has already started and another loss by the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night won't slow it down. The Hurricanes' season is only four games old -- long enough to indicate that ...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. NHL offseason trade targets -- D

    Tim Kavanagh

    With a vast majority of unrestricted free agents having found a home for 2014-15 in the opening days of the summer shopping season, the primary way for teams to improve between now and opening night is via trade. While it will be less frenzied th...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Trade intrigue increases as draft nears

    Mike Hume

    Even as the Stanley Cup playoffs continue, it's hard not to notice several situations that could produce a flurry of trade activity in the early offseason, particularly come the NHL draft. In fact, Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill told USA Today's Kevin A...

    Blog | May 23, 2014
  15. 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
  16. 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