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Hello KK Readers and Welcome to “Cluster Pucks”

A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

A pretty good way to describe the blog Doug will be running at Kukla’s Korner.

You the readers probably will be able to influence the topics Doug will cover, so make sure you let him know what you want to read about.

Welcome to KK Doug and good luck.  Just don’t spend too much time at the “Yack”.




I’m Doug Miller. I saw that KK was looking for some new bloggers, on one of my endless hockey news feeds, and I figured… “hey, I might as well give it a shot, I do have a good background in both writing and in hockey”. Although my credentials aren’t much compared to the majority of the other excellent bloggers here at KK.

I’m a ten year veteran of the independent film scene in the “Downriver” area of southeastern Michigan. I currently work as a writer and director on a freelance basis. I’ve grown up and still reside in the suburban town of Wyandotte, MI. Which I’m quite proud of, as they took home the Division II State Championship in 2011. I’ve lived here my entire life and began following hockey in 1991, and starting playing shortly thereafter. I’ve played hockey at a competitive level at every position on every major surface (ice, inline, street) up until the age of 14, when I started working in independent film, but continued to play Goalie on a recreational level up until I was 22 and herniated a disc in my lumbar spine.


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This Is Called Love

from TennisEarth.com,

Former World number three, Elena Dementieva retired from the WTA at the end of last season and set out to make another vital decision of her life. She married long time boyfriend and


KHL star Maxim Afinogenov in a wonderful ceremony at the Ritz Carlton hotel in the center of Moscow which stands across the Red Square and the Kremlin on July 16, 2011.

The wedding was held on the roof as pigeons were released into the sky to commemorate the occasion and the reception took place on the second floor.

Among the hockey stars present at the wedding were Afinogenov’s fellow players, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexei Yashin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Andrei Markov, former player Aleksei Kasatonov, Coach Vladimir Yurzinov and President of the Continental Ice Hockey League Alexander Medvedev.


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  Tags: elena+dementieva, maxim+afinogenov

The Changing College Hockey Landscape

from Pat Borzi of the New York Times,

Being the commissioner of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, one of the nation’s leading conferences, is ordinarily a pretty good deal. The conference, which has existed since 1971, sends multiple teams to the N.C.A.A. men’s hockey tournament every year and has won 9 of the past 27 national championships.

But since March, when Fred Pletsch was promoted to commissioner, hockey has become the latest N.C.A.A. sport to experience a dramatic shift in conference allegiances.

The movement, which as in football separates haves from have-nots in some cases, spawned two new conferences and does not appear close to being settled.

In the last five months, five of the C.C.H.A.’s 11 teams announced plans to leave. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State will join the new Big Ten Conference in 2013-14; Miami of Ohio will be part of the fledgling National Collegiate Hockey Conference, which was announced Wednesday; and Northern Michigan is awaiting member approval to move to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.


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Chasing Contracts in the Summer

From Justin Bourne at Puck Daddy:

After July 1, there’s a slow and steady trickledown effect in pro hockey, and it’s not as simple as “sign the best available player, then the next best available player, then the….”

“Next best available player” gets a little blurry when one guy is 26 and played for El Mira and the other is 23 and skated with Victoria. Sometimes you need to get them on the same ice to compare.

NHL teams are set in stone (well, 97 percent anyway) before a single player shows up to camp, but at the AHL and ECHL levels, it can work a little differently.

Lower down in the system, you have a better chance of actually taking someone’s spot, especially if they aren’t some prized prospect.

more about job hunting for the “free-agent stragglers”

*I accidentally credited this story to “Jason Bourne” when this first went online. Apologies. The blame belongs fully to Robert Ludlum…

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  Tags: ahl, contracts, echl

KHL—NHL Agreement to “Avoid Hostility”

Over at The Malik Report, George has details of the agreement available. And here is the KHL’s press release on the broad strokes of the newly-signed memorandum:

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and National Hockey League (NHL) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that regulates player transitions between the two bodies, respects the professional contracts of players from both leagues and forces both sides to complete a range of procedures to avoid hostility in the transitioning of players from one league to the other.

The MoU’s conclusion marks an important step forward in the relationship between the two most respected hockey leagues in the world. The nine points of the agreement will be effective for the next 12 months and can be reevaluated at the end of that period.  Terms of the agreement include the exchanging of lists of contracted and free agent players, each league providing the other their standard contract templates and agreeing to appoint official representatives to conduct negotiations in person in Toronto or New York to resolve any player contract disputes.

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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, bill+daly, khl, mou, nhl

Pyeongchang, South Korea Will Host 2018 Winter Olympic Games

via RIA Novosti,

The South Korean city of Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Olympic Games at a vote in Durban, South Africa.

The city beat rival bids from the French city of Annecy and Germany’s Munich in the first round of voting by the International Olympic Committee.

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AHL Announces New Divisions & Calder Cup Format

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced that the league’s Board of Governors, convening this week for its Annual Meeting in Hilton Head Island, S.C., has approved the following division alignment for the 2011-12 AHL season (NHL affiliates in parentheses):

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Rob Niedermayer Will Play In Switzerland Next Year

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Rob Niedermayer leaving NHL. Signs with Lugano, Switzerland.

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Afternoon Line

The KHL released a statement yesterday about their interest in expanding to Italy.  Today, some words from the man behind it, Alexander Medvedev:

“Here ice hockey is tradition too and the sport - a mixture of speed, guile and imagination – resembles the Italian character. The expansion of the League is irreversible, the result of a geopolitical project, and it will bring in fans from all over Europe. In Saint Petersburg for example, where there is also the football club Zenith managed by Luciano Spalletti, a public survey revealed that 98% of female fans preferred a hockey player’s image over a footballer’s. That could happen in Italy too. I am very happy that the Federation is here today and I hope that this initiative can help the movement grow up from its roots. So, see you again in April, when we’ll launch the project.”

Hard to know if he’s marketing a hockey team or a new boy band. Regardless, we’ve heard from a few Italian hockey fans who say they’re pretty excited about the KHL’s expansion.

You can read more here.

*thanks to a KK reader for the tip

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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, khl

Curtis Joseph Named Goaltender Coach For The Kingston Frontenacs

from Doug Graham of the Whig-Standard,

The Kingston Frontenacs are bringing in a one-two goaltending coaching tandem with a familiar National Hockey League ring.

Curtis Joseph, who retired in 2010 after amassing 454 victories, the fourth most in NHL history, has been hired by general manager Doug Gilmour.

Coming with the man dubbed Cujo, whose goals-against average in his four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, is David Franco, who has coached goaltenders for more than 20 years.

“This is a chance to add two very respect-e d quality individuals and coaches to our hockey staff. They will be great additions,” general manager Doug Gilmour said in a statement.


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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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