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  1. Patience pays off in player development

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings were on the ice practicing during their 2012 Stanley Cup run and Ron Hextall was sitting in the stands watching. It was clear at that point that he would run his own team someday. He'd paid his dues, put in the mileage as a scou...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  2. Ranking postseason goalies

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the postseason underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. On Tuesday, it was the defensemen's turn. Today, here's the ranking of the goalten...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  3. Are the Leafs a legitimate contender?

    Craig Custance

    Randy Carlyle had to know what he was doing. When you're the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you know full well that everything you say will be scrutinized to the extreme. Especially when it's perceived as criticism following a loss. On Tuesday ...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  4. Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are NHL's Odd ...

    Craig Custance

    In ESPN The Magazine's Interview Issue, Chicago Blackhawks cornerstones Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews face off.

    Story | Conversation | December 10, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Boston Bruins' third line providing ...

    Craig Custance

    While they aren't the most talked about group on the ice for the Bruins, Boston's third line has been critical to its 2-1 Stanley Cup finals lead. Craig Custance writes about the effectiveness of Chris Kelly, Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille.

    Blog | Conversation | June 19, 2013
  7. 2013 NHL Playoffs - Blues have work cut out re-signing D-men Alex...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance examines the St. Louis Blues' offseason blue-line challenge, writing that GM Doug Armstrong has his work cut out in upcoming contract negotiations with rising defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk.

    Blog | Conversation | June 10, 2013
  8. Insider: 5 keys to winning the Cup

    Craig Custance

    In the spring of 2010, when Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane beat Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton in Philadelphia, he launched his gloves into the air in celebration at just about the same moment the hockey world realized Kane had just won...

    Blog | June 09, 2013
  9. NHL - Mounting roster challenges for the Detroit Red Wings

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance dives into his mailbag to answer readers who raise concerns about the Detroit Red Wings' roster challenges, and he examines whether the Florida Panthers should select Nathan MacKinnon if they land the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

    Blog | Conversation | April 26, 2013
  10. Winnipeg Jets are trying to shake history during their playoff bi...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the Winnipeg Jets are trying to shake history as they attempt to make the playoffs.

    Blog | Conversation | April 16, 2013
  11. NHL - Big-market teams could benefit from epic 2013 draft class

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that a loaded 2013 draft class and the lockout-shortened season could affect teams' decision-making this season -- and that a big-market team has a better-than-usual chance of landing a game-changer in the draft.

    Blog | Conversation | January 29, 2013
  12. 2012 NHL Playoffs - Would a Stanley Cup keep Zach Parise with the...

    Craig Custance

    With free agency looming, Zach Parise has stepped up his leadership and his play to lead the New Jersey Devils to the Eastern Conference finals. Craig Custance examines his options and the impact of the playoffs.

    Blog | Conversation | May 10, 2012
  13. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Dustin Penner among free agents enhan...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance provides his list of free agents who are enhancing their value with their play this postseason, including the Kings' Dustin Penner.

    Blog | Conversation | May 02, 2012
  14. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Mike Richards helping fuel Los Angele...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the trade that sent Mike Richards and Jeff Carter from Philadelphia to Los Angeles has worked out for both teams, as Richards in particular has helped fuel the Kings' impressive run this postseason.

    Blog | Conversation | May 01, 2012
  15. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Jonathan Quick leads biggest Hart Tro...

    Craig Custance

    Following the release of the NHL's three finalists for the Hart Trophy, Craig Custance provides his list of the three players who were snubbed most by not being included.

    Blog | Conversation | April 27, 2012
  16. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Red Wings could make some big moves t...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance writes that the Detroit Red Wings could go after big-name potential free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise this offseason, and also offers up some second-tier targets the team might pursue.

    Blog | Conversation | April 25, 2012