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  1. 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
  2. Mikael Granlund ready to take the next step for Minnesota Wild in...

    Ryan Wagman

    Hockey Prospectus identifies a player trending up, a player trending down and a key stat for the 2014-15 Minnesota Wild.

    Story | Conversation | September 05, 2014
  3. Ryan Miller contract with Vancouver Canucks among worst offseason...

    Matthew Coller

    Which NHL free-agent contracts this offseason have been the most questionable? Matthew Coller of Hockey prospectus identifies the top five, according to advanced metrics.

    Story | Conversation | July 09, 2014
  4. Christian Ehrhoff contract with Pittsburgh Penguins among best of...

    Matthew Coller

    Which of the NHL free-agent contracts this offseason have been the smartest? Matthew Coller of Hockey prospectus identifies the top five, according to advanced metrics.

    Story | Conversation | July 08, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Links from around the rink: June 30

    Doug Mittler

    We are still one day away from the official start of free agency, but the reshuffling of NHL rosters is already underway. The new-look Vancouver Canucks got the ball rolling a few hours before Friday's draft, shipping Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim D...

    Blog | June 30, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Links from around the rink: June 2

    Doug Mittler

    The offseason began a couple weeks earlier than expected for the Chicago Blackhawks, who looked like a team of destiny before Sunday's overtime ouster at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. There is no need for an overhaul, but it could still be a...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. The Islanders' draft-pick dilemma

    Frank Provenzano and Corey Pronman

    Earlier this month, the NHL held the lottery for the 2014 draft, with the Florida Panthers jumping the Buffalo Sabres to earn the top pick. But we're not concerned about either of those teams just yet (well, the Sabres, in an indirect way). We're ...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  16. 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