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The Affiliate

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Hello friends. My name is not really Twig, but it’s what I go by. I’ll be covering all forms of Minor League and European League Hockey for Kukla’s Korner. The blog will be called ‘The Affiliate’. I thought that was a fitting name considering the content of the blog and it didn’t appear to be taken by anyone else.

A little about me: I’m from Grand Haven, Michigan and would never have left but I joined the Army in 2003. After getting out in 2007, I decided I would have an easier time finding work in Seattle. I was wrong, so I moved to Houston. I’m currently enrolled at Sam Houston State as an English Major and I stay pretty busy writing essays about Japanese Quinces and stolen Pies, but I will find time to blog about hockey. My sanity depends on it.

What I would like The Affiliate to provide is a way for you to know more about what’s happening in the world of hockey. I hope that someday down the road, when you’re buying the jersey of your teams new rising star, you can look back and remember reading about him here.

And thank you, Paul for the opportunity to blog on your site.

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The KHL Is Making Progress

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So says KHL President Aleksandr Medvedev.

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What Will Lou Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Rumors abound since the Devils must shed some $3-5 million in salary cap liability by season’s start. The latest strong word, though, is that GM Lou Lamoriello does not want to deal Bryce Salvador, thought to be one of the obvious sacrificial lambs.

Together with Dainius Zubrus, Salvador would be a leading candidate for cap room-making because he lacks a no-trade clause, has a significant ($2.9 million, $3.4 million for Zubrus) cap hit, and is among the elder Devils.

One new name in the hopper is defenseman Matt Corrente, a former first-rounder. Travis Zajac’s name continues being mentioned, despite his major role.


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Jason Smith Facing Criminal Charges

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from Sherri Zickefoose of the Calgary Herald,

Former National Hockey League defenceman Jason Smith is facing criminal charges after being arrested for domestic assault.

Smith, 36, a former Edmonton Oilers captain for five seasons who retired from the Ottawa Senators in 2009, is charged with two counts of assault and one count of unlawful confinement against his wife and teenage daughter.

Police were called to a southwest home at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10.

The family, who lives in Greely, Ontario, were spending the summer in Calgary.

Although the charges against the Calgarian are serious, Smith’s defence lawyer says they don’t reflect the reality of the incident.


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The Babcock Strategy

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from Ken Abramczyk of the Observer,

Preparation. Execution. Reinforcement.

Those habits and traits in hockey — and in business — bring success, Babcock told the crowd of 280 people at a luncheon Tuesday of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce. Babcock was joined by Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, just days before they were to leave for Traverse City and preseason camp.

Preparation gets you ready to compete, and reinforcement increases your confidence for higher expectations, he said.

“All it is is a weeding out process, so that the best is left,” Babcock said. “All you are doing is weeding out the competition.”

read on

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How Is Lucic Doing?

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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The 22-year-old Lucic said he is fine now, and he is optimistic he’ll remain so. But he stopped short of expressing certainty where the troublesome ankle is concerned.

“It feels better,” Lucic said. “I can skate on it now without tape on it. It feels strong. I’ve been on the ice now for almost a month. I’m definitely feeling good about it, feeling pretty confident with the ankle that it will hold up all year and I can put whatever happened last year behind me. Hopefully there’ll be no problems with it. I’ve still got to do my exercises with it to keep it strong.”

After Lucic was hurt last November, he was warned it could take a year and a half before his ankle was truly at 100 percent. The injury nagged him throughout last season. He missed a total of 32 games because of injuries and posted just 9-11-20 totals in 50 appearances.

“It’s frustrating when you have an injury like this, where even when you do come back, it’s still not 100 percent,” Lucic said. “Every time you make a little move or turn it the wrong way you feel it. That was the frustrating part. It stops you from doing what you do the best. Hopefully I don’t have to deal with any of that this year and I can just focus on playing my game.


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New Year, Old Words

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from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

It’s like the swallows returning to Capistrano, except in this case it’s Leafs Nation being expected to swallow a load of crap.

Some veteran Leafs player, or someone in the front office, says something about how making the playoffs is the team’s goal and anything else is “unacceptable”, and then the dopey fans and the Toronto media salivate like the barking dogs that they are—a certain tabloid publication included.

This year it’s captain Dion Phaneuf sticking his neck out ...

“We’re definitely a playoff team,” Phaneuf said. “Our goal at the start of this season is to make the playoffs. Anything short of that is unacceptable.”


So bold.

read on

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Dan Ellis Says Goodbye To Twitter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dan Ellis tweets,

I am shutting down my twitter because in no way shape or form do I want this to disrupt my team.

Peace out twitter!

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Shootouts Goals Versus Threshold

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The next piece of Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold is to look at shootout performance.  Shootouts play enough of a role in the NHL standings that this is an adjustment to the value of players is often big enough to make a significant difference in their rankings.  This system is one of the few that properly attempts to measure it.

This is one piece of the goals versus threshold system, that goes with the offensive portion, the goaltending portion and the defensive portion.

Continue Reading »

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Tanguay Entering The Season As A Motivated Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the NHL, anyone can have a bad season. It happens to journeymen and it happens to the league’s stars – a year when every puck seems to bounce the wrong way, or where every little nagging injury develops into something more. The accumulated effect of such a year on a player can occasionally force some needed introspection. The smart ones go home, crawl under a rock, heal, train harder and prove – to the world – that an off year is just that, a blip on an otherwise successful career trajectory.

Now, two bad years in a row, that’s a different story. Two bad years in a row suggest there may be some erosion in his overall game and that the talent once present is slipping away.

This then is the situation facing Alex Tanguay, one of two new/old players recruited by the Calgary Flames in the off-season.


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