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  1. Radim Vrbata rides Sedin wave all the way to the All-Star Game

    Craig Custance

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The last time Radim Vrbata left the Arizona Coyotes for a new team, things didn't go so well. His experience as a free-agent disappointment with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008-09 -- three goals and three assists in 18 games -- high...

    Blog | January 23, 2015
  2. Top 10 rising GM candidates

    Craig Custance

    Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has given no indication that general manager Dave Nonis' job is in trouble. But Shanahan's systematic turnover from the previous regime to the current one has touched on every department in the or...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  3. Despite results, Devils support DeBoer

    Craig Custance

    Following Saturday's loss to the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer didn't mince words in his assessment of the game. He pointedly explained that the Capitals' power play was better than the Devils' power play. And that th...

    Blog | December 08, 2014
  4. The secret to Halak's new success

    Craig Custance

    It's the first day of December, and the New York Islanders are in first place, tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the top of the Metropolitan Division, with 34 points. The Penguins have a game in hand, but still. What a turnaround. Those 34 po...

    Blog | December 01, 2014
  5. Curing the injured defensemen epidemic

    Craig Custance

    Anecdotally, it appears to be a problem. It seems like NHL defensemen are dropping like flies, especially considering that prominent defensemen like Zdeno Chara, Ryan McDonagh and Victor Hedman remain out with injuries. When McDonagh went down, ...

    Blog | November 11, 2014
  6. Stamkos still has room to improve

    Craig Custance

    There are still reminders, just about every day. Steven Stamkos has mornings when he wakes up and the leg he broke last season in Boston is stiff. Or there's a momentary scare for coach Jon Cooper like the one Sunday evening in Detroit, when Stamkos ...

    Blog | November 10, 2014
  7. Sophomore slump for MacKinnon?

    Craig Custance

    An NHL head coach was talking this week about the struggles of a second-year player when he was asked whether or not he believed in the concept of the sophomore slump. "I don't believe in it," he said, but then his next sentence suggested otherw...

    Blog | October 30, 2014
  8. The NHL's least dispensable players

    Craig Custance

    The early portion of the NHL season has come with a stark reminder: If you want to survive the grind of a long season, you'd better have depth. Especially on defense. One by one, defensemen who are critical to the success of their teams are goi...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  9. NHL Future Power Rankings - Chicago Blackhawks positioned well fo...

    Craig Custance

    Which NHL teams are set up for the most success in 2017-18 and beyond? According to our panel of experts, it's the Chicago Blackhawks. Check out the full list, and analysis of each team, in the Future Power Rankings.

    Story | Conversation | October 09, 2014
  10. 2014-15 NHL season preview -- Five players on their last chance

    Craig Custance

    Cliffhangers: This might be the last chance for these five to have a big impact, writes ESPN The Magazine's Craig Custance.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2014
  11. Player poll: Who is top franchise player?

    Craig Custance

    Back in July, we conducted a poll of executives, coaches and a couple players to see which players they would build a franchise around if they were starting a team from scratch. It was an attempt to rank the league's franchise players, and it led to ...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  12. Chasing the Kings: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Los Angeles Kings have become the gold standard. They've won two Stanley Cups in the past three seasons, and Dean Lombardi has built a roster that is nearly flawless. On Tuesday, we identified the five characteristics that make the Kings' rost...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  13. Isles, Lightning youth can make impact

    Craig Custance

    In 2013, the Tampa Bay Lightning finished the regular season with an even-strength save percentage of .913. Only six teams were worse, and it was the major reason the Lightning finished better than just two other NHL teams in the standings. Then...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  14. Devils among top bounce back candidates

    Craig Custance

    The New Jersey Devils are so inclined to keep information in house that they didn't reveal how many years Andy Greene's contract extension was for during the announcement of his deal being signed on Wednesday. Contrast that against the Ottawa Sena...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  15. Choosing NHL's top franchise player

    Craig Custance

    The beauty of those working in hockey is that their passion for the sport runs just as high as those who cheer on the teams. It's the middle of the summer, and even while some were relaxing at a cottage or in the mountains, they took a moment to answ...

    Blog | July 30, 2014
  16. Summer trending: Atlantic Division

    Craig Custance

    The Detroit Red Wings had just finished up their prospect camp in Traverse City, Michigan, and the frustration of striking out in free agency was nowhere to be found. Instead, the optimism of youth was everywhere. There was Anthony Mantha, the big...

    Blog | July 23, 2014