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  1. No easy answer for interference problem

    Craig Custance

    NEW YORK -- By the estimation of NHL competition committee member Ron Hainsey, the meeting ran a good five hours. Maybe a little longer than that. The committee met on Monday to consider some rule changes, and a few made it through to the next st...

    Blog | June 10, 2014
  2. How the Conn Smythe will be won

    Craig Custance

    LOS ANGELES -- Before the Stanley Cup finals, last year's Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane had already scored 67 percent of his playoff goals. The previous year, before stopping a single shot against the New Jersey Devils, Jonathan Quick had made 75 p...

    Blog | June 03, 2014
  3. Niederreiter key to a Wild turnaround

    Craig Custance

    Last June, Nino Niederreiter was watching the NHL draft because he had a pretty good idea that fellow Switzerland native Mirco Mueller would be taken in the first round, no later than the No. 18 pick held by the San Jose Sharks. He was right about th...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  4. Expectations on MacKinnon's first playoffs

    Craig Custance

    DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was a 20-year-old when he first had the opportunity to play in the NHL playoffs, backstopping the Montreal Canadiens. For reasons he can't remember now -- because he estimates he weighed about 165 pounds...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  5. Links from around the rink: Apr. 13

    Tim Kavanagh

    As the end of the regular season approaches on Sunday night, 16 of 30 teams are preparing for the playoffs while the remaining 14 are trying to figure out where things went wrong. There will be the customary player movement this offseason, but well b...

    Blog | April 13, 2014
  6. Improving the NHL playoff format

    Craig Custance

    When the question was first posed to fans, the response from many was natural: Why fix something that's perfect? NHL playoff hockey is as good a product as there is. A playoff hockey game is better than anything played in March on college basketba...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  7. Fantasy Grapevine: UFA goalies

    Victoria Matiash

    Win the Stanley Cup, then worry about the future. With the NHL playoffs at the front of everyone's mind, the two most prominent pending unrestricted free-agent goaltenders have bigger fish to fry before chiseling out their next contracts. But Ryan Mi...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  8. Fantasy Grapevine: UFA forwards

    Victoria Matiash

    There's a unique state of limbo reserved only for NHL players in the final year of their current contracts. It's not uncommon to begin the season with one club, join a second for (fingers crossed) a playoff run, only to sign with a third in the offse...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  9. The most dangerous potential wild cards

    Craig Custance

    There's going to be one upset -- at least. That's just how the NHL postseason works. It's a league of parity, plus one of these teams battling to get in will just keep on rolling against a team that's been coasting for weeks. Really, once you establi...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  10. Links from around the rink: Apr. 6

    Tim Kavanagh

    It's a battle of attrition for some NHL teams as the playoffs near. We know well how banged up some of the top contenders -- including the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins -- have been as of late, but it's a problem for ...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  11. Links from around the rink: March 31

    Doug Mittler

    Just two weeks remain in the regular season, and the New Jersey Devils are five points out of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. So could we be witnessing the final days of Martin Brodeur in an NHL uniform? The future Hall of Famer doesn't...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  12. Links from around the rink: March 30

    Tim Kavanagh

    The playoff races are in the final stretch, and there were some notable developments thanks to Saturday's outcomes: the Boston Bruins are Atlantic Division champs, thanks to a win over the Washington Capitals; the Colorado Avalanche are headed back t...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  13. Fantasy Grapevine: Week 23

    Victoria Matiash

    As is customary this time of year -- Olympics or no Olympics -- the long regular season is beginning to wear on NHL rosters. With the playoffs just around the corner, most NHLers are, to some degree, bruised, banged-up and/or justifiably bushed. It s...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  14. Anaheim Ducks could fall in playoffs despite impressive regular s...

    Neil Greenberg

    Neil Greenberg takes a look at which top teams could earn a first-round exit from the playoffs, including the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Story | Conversation | March 13, 2014
  15. NHL Daily Links - March 11

    Tim Kavanagh

    We're in between two major events now -- the trade deadline and the start of the playoffs -- which means much less speculation on the whereabouts of players, and much more analysis of potential matchups, injuries, line combinations and the like. ...

    Blog | March 11, 2014
  16. NHL - Ryan Callahan, Ryan Miller bring risk, reward at trade dead...

    Neil Greenberg

    Neil Greenberg explores the risk in acquiring some of the top NHL trade deadline targets -- such as Ryan Callahan, Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek -- and why it might not be worth the potential reward.

    Story | Conversation | February 27, 2014