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  1. Is there enough talent for expansion?

    Craig Custance

    Shortly after Las Vegas was knighted by the NHL as a legitimate expansion option, the questions of its viability started to roll in. Could another team succeed in the desert? Are there enough hockey fans in Las Vegas to purchase enough season tickets...

    Blog | December 18, 2014
  2. Panthers' success starts with Luongo

    Craig Custance

    One unmistakable sign of a good goaltender is making saves and thriving regardless of the team out front. There are some goalies who put up big seasons, and it's impossible not to suspect that part of the reason is the system or the team. Then, th...

    Blog | December 12, 2014
  3. Valuing leadership in the age of analytics

    Craig Custance

    Like any red-blooded human about to make his NHL debut, Jason Demers had nerves going into his first game. Five years and 305 NHL games later, he still recalls the impact of former San Jose Sharks teammate Rob Blake, who helped calm Demers down back ...

    Blog | December 04, 2014
  4. The secret to Halak's new success

    Craig Custance

    It's the first day of December, and the New York Islanders are in first place, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the top of the Metropolitan Division, with 34 points. The Penguins have a game in hand, but still. What a turnaround. Those 34 po...

    Blog | December 01, 2014
  5. 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
  6. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Which NHL teams are set up for the most success in 2017-18 and beyond? According to our panel of experts, it's the Chicago Blackhawks. Check out the full list, and analysis of each team, in the Future Power Rankings.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2014
  7. Anonymous league insiders rank the 30 starting goaltenders - NHL

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance asked 15 anonymous NHL coaches, front office executives and a goal scorer to rate every starting goalie, producing a 1-30 ranking.

    Story | Conversation | October 07, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Chasing the Kings: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings have become the gold standard. They've won two Stanley Cups in the past three seasons, and Dean Lombardi has built a roster that is nearly flawless. On Tuesday, we identified the five characteristics that make the Kings' rost...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  10. The next generation of franchise players

    Craig Custance

    Last week, we shared the results of a poll asking people around hockey the five players they'd pick if they were starting from scratch. It was a fascinating exercise, with Jonathan Toews edging Sidney Crosby for the top spot. Naturally, not everyo...

    Blog | August 07, 2014
  11. Devils among top bounce back candidates

    Craig Custance

    The New Jersey Devils are so inclined to keep information in house that they didn't reveal how many years Andy Greene's contract extension was for during the announcement of his deal being signed on Wednesday. Contrast that against the Ottawa Sena...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  12. The best of what's left in free agency

    Craig Custance

    Last summer, Mason Raymond didn't sign his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs until Sept. 23. He went on to score 19 goals and got a three-year deal with the Calgary Flames on July 1. Ron Hainsey completed his deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on ...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Christian Ehrhoff bought out by Buffalo Sabres

    Craig Custance

    The Buffalo Sabres have used their final compliance buyout on Christian Ehrhoff, general manager Tim Murray confirmed to ESPN.com. The defenseman has also declined the waiver process so he'll immediately become a free agent.1

    Story | Conversation | June 29, 2014
  15. Rangers adjustments key to survival

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Four games in, the familiarity between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers has heightened. With that come the adjustments. The Rangers realize the Kings play a simple, structured game, and they get a lot of pucks on net,...

    Blog | June 13, 2014
  16. NHL draft's defenseman drought over?

    Craig Custance

    NHL prospect Aaron Ekblad knows the last defenseman to be drafted No. 1 overall. When asked that bit of trivia, without hesitation, he answers Erik Johnson. The year? "A long time ago," Ekblad said when we chatted at the NHL's draft combine las...

    Blog | June 05, 2014