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Can’t Pay Your Mortgage? The St. Louis Blues Want to Help.

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the St. Louis Blues:

imageFannie & Freddie Mortgage Saturdays

At every remaining Saturday home game this season, one lucky fan will have their mortgage or rent paid for four months! 

A fan will be randomly selected during the game, and all you have to do is be at Scottrade Center when your seat is called. Hold on to your ticket stub and watch for an announcement that you’ve won.

Read on for contest rules, plus more ways the Blues want to save you money.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, nhl+promotions

Three KHL Players Found to Have Heart Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Last week the KHL announced it was undertaking medical evaluations across the league and invited media members to observe the process.

Today, after the first round of evaluations have been completed on some 67 players under the age of 20, some preliminary results were made public:

Based upon the first round of examinations, three KHL players were found to have heart problems.  These athletes were referred to cardiologist specialists to undergo more testing.

The KHL’s Medical Center won’t be banning players as yet; the cardiologists will make that determination.

Full text of the press release is below:

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  Tags: khl, kontinental+hockey+league

Five Questions From Burnside

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What has been the best offseason trade so far?

No doubt the New York Rangers are more than pleased with their acquisition of Nikolai Zherdev from Columbus, but the deal that has had a somewhat surprising impact through the first month of the regular season has been the arrival of defenseman Filip Kuba in Ottawa.

read on plus more questions, including Hossa talk, Bolts, Thrashers and teams that don’t get it…

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Rinkside View Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

No matter how harsh the emails or nasty the message boards become, Tom Feuer likes the Rinkside View.

Feuer, executive producer for FSN, has been the target of a majority of angry hockey fans who don’t care for the network’s unorthodox broadcasts of selected Ducks and Kings games this season.

Yet after meeting with representatives from both teams and reviewing the ratings for the games, Feuer has not been dissuaded from continuing the “Rinkside” telecasts.

He said the ratings for the games have been up despite continued negative feedback.

continued

I watched the first Rinkside View broadcast and thought it was ok, but when switching from the camera view behind the net to the side view, it was a bit confusing at times…

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Comparing Kiprusoff and Toskala

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

It figures to be an interesting goaltending match-up Tuesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs open their western Canadian trip in Calgary to play the Flames. Not only do the Flames’ Miikka Kiprusoff and the Leafs’ Vesa Toskala both hail from Finland, they were both groomed in the San Jose Sharks’ organization and both traded away so that Evgeni Nabokov would be that organization’s clear-cut No. 1 netminder.

Kiprusoff and Toskala are considered among the NHL’s goaltending elite, but their numbers don’t reflect that at the moment…

continued…

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff, vesa+toskala

Sundin & Shanahan Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

Most NHL teams have already committed most of their available cap space for this season, leaving considerably little room for these two. Still, that hasn’t prevented pundits from guessing where Sundin and Shanahan will eventually sign.

Recent reports suggest the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks could have varying degrees of interest in Sundin.

The Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues — as well as the Blackhawks, Canadiens and Flyers — are rumored pursuing Shanahan.

more

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan, mats+sundin

No ‘I’ In This Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,

At 8-3-3, the Bruins are ranked fourth in the NHL, second in the Eastern Conference and first in the Northeast Division and it’s doubtful if there is a closer locker room in North American pro sports.

By design, the Black & Gold encourage a tight atmosphere, free of distinctions between veterans and youngsters, and that family atmosphere might have as much to do with the Bruins hot start as any goal, check or save.

“One of the neat dynamics we have on this team, and it’s not like that on some teams,” explained veteran defenseman Andrew Ference. “The young guys aren’t necessarily treated like young guys, I think in two very positive ways: They’re welcomed onto the team, and they’re included (in everything).

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Best Team So Far This Season

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday, I decided that I would write something today about how the San Jose Sharks have been the best team in the NHL so far this season.  They made me second guess that decision when they lost 4-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes last night.  However, a second look at the standings after the loss only helped to show how well San Jose had been playing.  Even with the loss, San Jose sits first in the league with 26 points.  San Jose has the best “winning percentage” of .813 (in their case it is a true winning percentage as they have no regulation ties that became losses).  San Jose has the best team +/- as they score 0.87 more goals per game than they allow (Montreal is second at 0.75). 

Last year, San Jose was a good team that finished second in the league.  They were good enough to have expected a playoff run and fire coach Ron Wilson when it didn’t happen.  They are doing even better this year.  It is a reasonable question to ask what has improved.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2008)—Goaltenders Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brent Johnson of the Washington Capitals have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 9.

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NHL Continues Growth Pattern

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 10, 2008) – Just one month into the 2008-09 regular season, the National Hockey League already is building off of the momentum from the preceding seasons with the addition of new corporate partners, record-breaking game attendance, a rise in TV ratings and a record number of fans signing up to watch live NHL games online.

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