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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Trade grades: Vanek to the Canadiens

    Craig Custance

    The deal Canadiens get: F Thomas Vanek, conditional 2014 fifth-round pick Islanders get: F Sebastian Collberg, conditional 2014 second-round pick (picks exchanged if Canadiens make the playoffs this season) Montreal Canadiens: A It was ...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  5. Is the point system debate returning?

    Craig Custance

    It's been brought up before, although without much success. At one NHL general managers meeting a couple of years after the lockout that gave birth to the shootout, the idea to give three points to a regulation win was presented. And then shot down q...

    Blog | January 21, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 2013 NHL offseason - How Central Division teams are trending

    Craig Custance

    Continuing our look at how teams are trending in the new divisions, we move to the new-look Central. How will the defending champs adapt to their new competition? Central Division Average team point total last season: 53 2012-13 playoff teams...

    Blog | Conversation | July 30, 2013
  10. 2013 NHL offseason - Answering questions on Ilya Kovalchuk, Pitts...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance answers questions for his offseason mailbag, weighing in on Ilya Kovalchuk, the Blackhawks' health during the playoffs and possible moves for the Penguins.

    Blog | Conversation | July 15, 2013
  11. 2013 NHL playoffs - If New York Rangers ditch him, 5 fits for Bra...

    Craig Custance

    Scratched for Game 4 of the Rangers' Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Bruins, it seems like Brad Richards' days in New York are coming to a unexpected early close. If the Blueshirts cut him loose, where could he land? Craig Custance lists options.

    Blog | Conversation | May 24, 2013
  12. Next steps for ousted East teams

    Craig Custance

    During the handshake line following the Penguins' first-round playoff series win over the Islanders, a couple of the Penguins were complimentary in their remarks to John Tavares about just how tough it was to eliminate the Islanders. Tavares s...

    Blog | May 15, 2013
  13. 2013 NHL Playoffs - What's next for upstart Islanders, other East...

    Craig Custance

    Eliminated from the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Islanders, Maple Leafs, Capitals and Canadiens begin their offseasons seeking solutions and fixes for better results in 2013-14. But where do the answers lie? Craig Custance examines.

    Blog | Conversation | May 15, 2013
  14. 2013 NHL Playoffs - Craig Custance makes his picks from Round 1 a...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance makes his 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs picks from Round 1 and the Cup Final.

    Story | Conversation | April 29, 2013
  15. 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs - Team-by-team scouting reports

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance breaks down the tactics and tendencies of every 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff team with the help of rival players, coaches and scouts.

    Story | Conversation | April 28, 2013
  16. 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Rivals scout the New York Islanders -...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance talks to New York's rivals to scout out how to beat the Islanders in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | April 28, 2013