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  1. Chasing the Kings: Metropolitan Division

    Craig Custance

    The Pacific may be the home of the defending champs, and the Central may be the league's deepest and strongest division. But no division comes with more intrigue than the Metropolitan, a division where nearly every team can make the playoffs. Or not....

    Blog | September 05, 2014
  2. Trade intrigue increases as draft nears

    Mike Hume

    Even as the Stanley Cup playoffs continue, it's hard not to notice several situations that could produce a flurry of trade activity in the early offseason, particularly come the NHL draft. In fact, Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill told USA Today's Kevin A...

    Blog | May 23, 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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Fantasy Grapevine - Week 20

    Victoria Matiash

    Buckle up. With Olympic competition in the rearview mirror, the NHL trade deadline on the horizon and only five clubs meriting exclusion from the current playoff conversation, we're in for a bout of activity to launch the final quarter of the regular...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  11. NHL Daily Links - Feb. 24

    Doug Mittler

    The Olympic flame has gone out in Sochi and the NHL is ready to begin its mad dash for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Sunday night also saw the end of the league's roster freeze, giving general managers a brief window to opportunity to change things in ad...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  12. 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
  13. NHL Daily Links - Jan. 13

    Doug Mittler

    Stuck in a five-game losing streak that dropped them 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Winnipeg Jets fired coach Claude Noel on Sunday and replaced him with the well-traveled Paul Maurice. At the moment, Maurice ...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  14. NHL - Breakout and breakdown candidates for the second half of 20...

    Neil Greenberg

    With one half of the 2013-14 NHL season in the books, Neil Greenberg makes the case for five second-half bounce-back candidates and five who will drop off. Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers appear to be headed in the right direction.

    Story | Conversation | January 08, 2014
  15. NHL - Marian Gaborik, Ryan Miller among top trade targets

    Frank Provenzano

    With the NHL trade rumor mill heating back up once the calendar flips to January, Frank Provenzano offers a preview of the top players on the market at four different positions: scoring forward, two-way forward, top-four defenseman and goaltender.

    Story | Conversation | December 20, 2013
  16. 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