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  1. Trotz preparing for the next step

    Craig Custance

    It all changes so fast in the coaching world. One moment you're marveling at the job Adam Oates is doing in reviving the career of Alex Ovechkin, whose production showed signs of slipping. The next, he's fired. One moment you're wondering if Dan...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  2. Next steps for Leonsis, Capitals

    Craig Custance

    The timing of the move showed that firing Adam Oates and deciding not to renew George McPhee's contract was not a rash decision by Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. You don't keep a respected general manager like McPhee in the organization for 1...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  3. Six hurdles standing between the Pittsburgh Penguins and another ...

    Craig Custance

    In ESPN The Magazine's One Day One Game Issue, Craig Custance writes that Sidney Crosby is healthy, back in MVP form and carrying his wounded team into the playoffs. But is the clock running out for The Kid and the Pens' Stanley Cup hopes?

    Story | Conversation | April 04, 2014
  4. Washington Capitals' trade deadline plans

    Craig Custance

    Alex Ovechkin felt compelled to apologize for his team's performance in the Olympics. Nicklas Backstrom had to sit out the gold-medal game because of a doping violation. John Carlson's Americans were embarrassed in the bronze-medal game. Yeah, the...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  5. Grading the Olympic contenders

    Craig Custance

    T.J. Oshie is arguably the most popular athlete in America right now. Canada is working itself into a panic over the lack of production from Sidney Crosby and his linemates, despite earning eight of a possible nine standings points in preliminary rou...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  6. NHL player poll: Olympic predictions

    Craig Custance

    The players were given anonymity in hopes that it would lead to more honesty. Because truly, what patriotic person could ever publicly pick against his own country to win gold in the Winter Olympics? For the most part, in this Olympic player poll tha...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  7. Predicting the Olympic medal winners

    Craig Custance

    Best Olympic forward groups | Defensemen | Goalies The way Peter Budaj put it, the Sochi Olympics men's hockey tournament is wide open. Yes, he and everybody else will concede that the Canadians, Russians and Swedes come with a little extra firepo...

    Blog | February 04, 2014
  8. Capitals are Cup contenders despite flaws

    Craig Custance

    He took the ice Friday with his teammates at the Capitals' morning skate, but by the time you looked for him again, he was gone. Mike Green is hurt again, this injury being described as a contusion, and based on the way he carefully and gingerly exit...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  9. A Champions League for hockey?

    Craig Custance

    Who has been this season's early MVP? Is a hockey Champions League in the future? Should the Pittsburgh Penguins trade Kris Letang? All this and more in this week's hockey mailbag. And remember, if you want to be featured in next week's mailbag, send...

    Blog | November 15, 2013
  10. Mailbag: Coaches on the hot seat

    Craig Custance

    After a summer hiatus, the Friday NHL mailbag is back. It's hockey season. We'll mix in some of the new questions and reach into the offseason bag for some of the best I missed. If you have a question for next week's mailbag, send it i...

    Blog | October 11, 2013
  11. NHL - Custance Friday mailbag on Wild early struggles, Bruins goa...

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance dives into his mailbag for the first Q&A of the 2013-14 season, including a question on which coach is on the hottest seat right now.

    Blog | Conversation | October 11, 2013
  12. Refinement and Grabovski key to growth for Capitals

    Craig Custance

    ESPN Insider Craig Custance examines how the Washington Capitals can continue to improve in Adam Oates' first full season as coach, including the play of Mikhail Grabovski.

    Blog | Conversation | October 09, 2013
  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. How Metropolitan teams are trending

    Craig Custance

    Continuing our look at how teams are trending in the new divisions, we move to the new-look Metropolitan. Is this the NHL's toughest from top to bottom? Metropolitan Division Average team point total last season: 54.3 2012-13 playoff teams: 4 ...

    Blog | July 31, 2013
  15. 2013 NHL offseason - How Metropolitan Division teams are trending...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance examines each team in the Metropolitan Division as the NHL realigns. Can the Caps keep up after a quiet offseason? And, even after losing Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson, are the Devils actually trending up?

    Blog | Conversation | July 31, 2013
  16. 2013 NHL Offseason - Adam Oates key to Washington Capitals' growt...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that, with the Washington Capitals unlikely to make major roster changes this offseason, the team's growth likely will be tied to coach Adam Oates' ability to get more out of his players.

    Blog | Conversation | June 11, 2013