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Past articles by Craig:

2019-20 Goalie Tiers: Anonymous panel of GMs and coaches rates all 31 starting goalies – The Athletic

"He can win a game by himself." "I think he’s slipping." An anonymous panel of executives and coaches rate all the starting goalies. → Read More

Sebastian Aho is the budding star Carolina is willing to wager on – The Athletic

Why are the Hurricanes so confident in Sebastian Aho's long-term trajectory? Craig Custance examines the start and future value of Carolina's budding star. → Read More

NHL officially approves Las Vegas as 31st franchise

The NHL's board of governors approved expanding to Las Vegas on Wednesday, making the franchise, which will debut in 2017-18, the 31st team in the league. → Read More

NHL settles on Las Vegas over Quebec City for expansion

A person with direct knowledge of the NHL's decision says the league has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee. → Read More

Crosby's second Cup puts him with greats

Sure, Sidney Crosby has Olympic golds, numerous trophies and accolades. But his second Stanley Cup -- and the way he won it -- is what puts him firmly among the game's elite. → Read More

Gordie Howe's family opens visitation and funeral to public

The family of Gordie Howe will open his visitation and funeral to the public. Visitation is Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena, and his funeral will be Wednesday in Detroit. → Read More

Euro 2016: 'Once upon a time' is now

Titans will rise. The weak will fall. Euro 2016 begins Friday, with 24 nations vying to conquer the continent. → Read More

Rapid Reaction: Pittsburgh Penguins 2, San Jose Sharks 1 (OT)

Conor Sheary's goal 2:35 into OT gave the Penguins the win and send them to San Jose with a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup finals. → Read More

Top storylines of the Stanley Cup finals

The Stanley Cup is so very close. But what got the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins to this point? And what do we need to know about the key characters? We've got it all covered. → Read More

Simmons, a basketball and soccer star?

NBA prospect Ben Simmons drains a 3-pointer while showing off his soccer skills with a rainbow kick. → Read More

Thunder upbeat day after loss: 'We let that go'

The Thunder were noticeably upbeat as they returned to the practice floor and looked forward to Game 7 of the West finals Monday in Oakland. → Read More

Jimmy Fallon schools Stamkos, Murray with playoff superlatives

"The Tonight Show" pulled no punches with its latest playoff superlatives, which take aim at Steven Stamkos, Matt Murray and Logan Couture. → Read More

Rapid Reaction: San Jose Sharks 5, St. Louis Blues 2

The Sharks took a bite out of the Blues early and rode the momentum to the first Stanley Cup finals berth in franchise history. → Read More

Stephen A. apologizes to Canada

Stephen A. Smith says he doesn't understand why Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were able to go off and combine for 67 points and criticizes players on the Cavaliers for their efforts in Game 4. → Read More

When a birthday cake face smash goes wrong

IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti tries to surprise co-owner Bryan Herta with a birthday cake to the face... only to find out the cake was still frozen the whole time. → Read More

Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (OT)

A shot deflected off Tyler Johnson 53 seconds into OT to give the Lightning the win and send them home up 3-2 in the series. → Read More

Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Lightning 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (OT)

A shot deflected off Tyler Johnson 53 seconds into OT to give the Lightning the win and send them home up 3-2 in the series. → Read More

The Roots are pumped for the NBA Finals

The Roots jam about the NBA Finals, where legends are made. The journey to crown a new champion begins June 2 on ABC. → Read More

Rapid Reaction: Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Tampa Bay Lighting 2

The Penguins kept attacking and eventually broke through and opened the floodgates, filling the net while taking Game 3 and the 2-1 series lead. → Read More

Rapid Reaction: St. Louis Blues 6, Dallas Stars 1

The Blues filled the net early and coasted to eliminate the Stars and move on to the conference finals for the first time since 2001. → Read More