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  1. 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
  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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. With loss, pressure building in Pittsburgh

    Craig Custance

    With so many other good storylines and incredible games going on during this Stanley Cup playoff season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been left to compete against the Columbus Blue Jackets without too much scrutiny and glare. That ended Wednesday ...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  15. What's next for the Vancouver Canucks?

    Craig Custance

    We'll get more clarity over what comes next in Vancouver when Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini meets with the local media on Wednesday morning, but this much we know: team president and GM Mike Gillis is out. Head coach John Tortorella is still a...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  16. Resetting the Western playoff race

    Craig Custance

    As typically happens after most borderline hits, the debate following Brooks Orpik's hit on Jonathan Toews, one that knocked Toews out of the game, centered on the legality and the potential suspension of the offender. For Chicago Blackhawks fans,...

    Blog | March 31, 2014