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  1. 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
  2. What does success look like in Pittsburgh?

    Craig Custance

    The Friday mailbag is back -- the surest sign that the hockey season is nearly upon us. As always, your participation in making this one of the most enjoyable parts of my week is greatly appreciated. The questions are often better than the answers, w...

    Blog | October 03, 2014
  3. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  4. Early free agency grades

    Craig Custance

    The opening hours of NHL free agency were truly frenetic, with signings being announced in a flurry shortly after noon ET. Some teams made their mark ahead of time -- the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars made major upgrades down the middle by tradi...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  5. Stastny decision could alter Western race

    Craig Custance

    Editor's note: This column posted prior to Paul Stastny agreeing to a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues. It's the one day a year teams that can close the gap on the NHL's best without giving up an asset outside of cap space. The prices to...

    Blog | July 01, 2014
  6. Top 25 unrestricted free agents

    Craig Custance

    By now, you've heard. It's not a great free agent class. The NHL's general managers are expected to be active on the trade front over the next few weeks, in part because there's not a lot of help in free agency. That's what happens when teams put suc...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  7. Subban deserves lucrative, max-term deal

    Craig Custance

    It didn't end in a Stanley Cup like so many other postseason runs have during Montreal's long history, but it was still a memorable run. Before the New York Rangers ended their season, the Montreal Canadiens beat their heated rivals, knocking out...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  8. Late-round steals make big playoff impact

    Craig Custance

    It's funny the things you remember from the biggest moments in your life. On the day he was drafted, taken with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Brendan Gallagher was at home watching the draft on television. He'd been given the heads up t...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  9. Penguins could target Mike Babcock

    Craig Custance

    With coach Dan Bylsma facing a very uncertain future in Pittsburgh, there is one coach who should lead the wish list for Pittsburgh Penguins fans if the ax does fall. Mike Babcock -- the ultimate hire. The Detroit Red Wings' coach has two Olymp...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  10. Wild should extend Yeo, consider Vanek

    Craig Custance

    There was significant growth. The Minnesota Wild made the playoffs for the second consecutive season, and after losing convincingly to the Chicago Blackhawks last year, upset the Colorado Avalanche this year, then pushed Chicago further than most any...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  11. Vanek's off-puck play becoming an issue?

    Craig Custance

    One of the interesting subplots to the Montreal Canadiens' impressive 4-3 Game 1 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night is they essentially did it without Thomas Vanek. The game extended into two overtimes and yet Vanek played just 18:58 -- ...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  12. Red Wings should go big in free agency

    Craig Custance

    Their kids got them in, but they couldn't get them out of the first round. Injuries, inexperience and running into the best team in the Eastern Conference means the Detroit Red Wings end their season in the first round for the second time in three ye...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  13. Letang among playoff hinge players

    Craig Custance

    Things are coming together quite nicely for the Pittsburgh Penguins as the playoffs close in, and not just because they beat their potential first-round opponent in the shootout on Wednesday night. With the impressive return of Kris Letang, the defen...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  14. Trades shape high-impact playoff lines

    Craig Custance

    There are moments in practices, and sometimes in games, where the puck arrives and Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais just aren't ready for it. It's not that it's a bad pass or it puts them in a bad spot. Quite the opposite, really. One time against...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  15. NHL - Ryan Miller, Paul Stastny among top 25 free agents for 2014...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance takes an early look at the top 25 NHL free agents this upcoming offseason. St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller and Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny lead the list.

    Story | Conversation | March 12, 2014
  16. 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