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  1. 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
  2. Players whose Olympic stock is rising

    Craig Custance

    On Tuesday, in a conference room at the NHL offices in Toronto, the brain trust charged with building the Team USA Olympic roster sat down to discuss who was rising and falling in the eyes of those making the final choices. For a good three hours, Am...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  3. Stability aids Coyotes' FA pitch

    Craig Custance

    Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was at dinner Tuesday night when the Glendale City Council meeting was being held that would determine the future of the franchise in Arizona. His wife kept tabs on the debate on Twitter and, when the couple returned home, t...

    Blog | July 04, 2013
  4. 2013 NHL free agency - Staying in Arizona, Phoenix Coyotes ready ...

    Craig Custance

    After learning the franchise will remain in Arizona for at least another five years, the Phoenix Coyotes are ready to capitalize in free agency.

    Blog | Conversation | July 04, 2013
  5. Goaltending tops Wild's offseason priorities

    Craig Custance

    Matt Cullen is a hockey fan as much as he is a hockey player. He's not one of those guys who get eliminated from the playoffs and then stop watching. He's into these playoffs. Like all of us, he was astonished by Gregory Campbell finishing ...

    Blog | June 07, 2013
  6. 2013 NHL Offseason - Minnesota Wild prep for summer of intrigue

    Craig Custance

    After netting Ryan Suter and Zach Parise last summer, the Minnesota Wild face a new challenge in 2013 -- advancing their team as a Cup contender despite salary cap constraints. As free agency creeps closer, priority No. 1 will be goaltending.

    Blog | Conversation | June 07, 2013
  7. Playoffs impacting summer goalie market

    Craig Custance

    In 2011, knowing they wouldn't be able to keep Ilya Bryzgalov, the Phoenix Coyotes prepared a list of replacements. Mike Smith, then with the Tampa Bay Lightning, was at the top. The Coyotes loved his size, how he battled and his ability to play...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  8. NHL - Playoff performances of Marc-Andre Fleury, Corey Crawford a...

    Craig Custance

    With key starters hitting free agency and Roberto Luongo on the trading block, the summer goalie market is already fascinating. But the postseason play of goalies in Pittsburgh and Chicago could further add to the offseason intrigue.

    Blog | Conversation | May 22, 2013
  9. NHL - Now with momentum, Phoenix Coyotes must retain key cog in M...

    Craig Custance

    With their future in Glendale looking more certain, attention now turns to the future of the Coyotes' crease, where Mike Smith has become a hot commodity who hits the market this summer.

    Blog | Conversation | November 29, 2012
  10. NHL - Jarome Iginla's future just one of many big questions if se...

    Craig Custance

    While there is new hope in the NHL CBA negotiations, Craig Custance looks at some of the unintended consequences of a potential lost season, including some big free agents in front offices and the future of NHL icons Jarome Iginla, Teemu Selanne and more.

    Blog | Conversation | November 05, 2012
  11. For Coyotes, Sean Burke could be big loss

    Craig Custance

    The Phoenix Coyotes extended their season on Sunday and did it exactly the way you'd expect: a gritty performance by captain Shane Doan, highlighted by opportunistic offense and a shutout from Mike Smith. This time Smith made 36 saves, earning h...

    Blog | May 21, 2012
  12. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Sean Burke could be big loss for Phoe...

    Craig Custance

    The Phoenix Coyotes have benefited greatly from the expertise and patient teaching of goalie coach Sean Burke, but as he pursues front-office possibilities, will he stay in the desert?

    Blog | Conversation | May 21, 2012
  13. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance, Frank Provenzano, Neil Greenberg, Corey Pronman, Robert Vollman and Ryan Schwepfinger rank every NHL team based on how well they're set up for future success.

    Story | Conversation | September 18, 2013
  14. 2013 NHL offseason - How Atlantic Division teams are trending

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance examines each team in the Atlantic Division as the NHL realigns. Can the Bruins maintain their momentum after a tough Cup finals loss and several key departures? And will the Red Wings rise with new addition Daniel Alfredsson?

    Blog | Conversation | August 01, 2013
  15. Craig Smith key for Preds' success

    Craig Custance

    Craig Smith was sitting in a sociology class at the University of Wisconsin this past summer when his decision started to clear up. For days, really weeks, he had been wrestling with the decision to play another year under Mike Eaves at Wisconsin or ...

    Blog | November 11, 2011
  16. Craig Smith an early season key for Nashville Predators - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Smith had a lot of trouble deciding to leave Wisconsin for Nashville, but the move has worked well, for both the rookie and the goal-hungry Predators.

    Blog | Conversation | November 11, 2011