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Watching The Gold Medal Game In Canada

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

The Olympic hockey gold medal thriller on Sunday pulled in a record television audience in Canada.

  A total of 16.6 million viewers watched Canada’s 3-2 overtime win against the United States, the largest viewership ever for a telecast on Canadian television.


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More NBC Numbers

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Vancouver - March 1, 2010 - Sunday afternoon’s USA vs. Canada gold medal hockey game, that NBC’s Bob Costas called, “One of the greatest sports events I have ever seen,” was the most-watched hockey game in 30 years.  Canada’s epic 3-2 overtime victory (3:20-6:13 p.m. ET) drew an average viewership of 27.6 million, the most watched hockey broadcast of any kind since the USA vs. Finland 1980 gold medal game in Lake Placid on Feb. 24, 1980 (32.8 million).  For historical comparison, the “Miracle on Ice” USA-Russia semifinal game that aired on tape delay on Feb 22, 1980 from the Lake Placid Games drew 34.2 million average viewers.

“We’ve been fortunate to have a front-row seat to observe a nation of fans that appreciates winter sports, is proud of their winter sport heritage and celebrates success - no matter which country wins - so it was only fitting yesterday when Sidney Crosby scored the goal to give Canadians the gold that meant so much to this country,” said Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.  “‘O Canada’ will never be the same.”

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Waddell Looks At Thrashers As Buyers

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from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Q. Is your phone ringing? Or are you making phone calls?

A. It’s a combination.

Q. Is a deal likely?

A. I can’t say that. There are so many teams that are still in [the playoff race]. So the amount of players being shopped is pretty limited. It works kind of the opposite way. When you have limited players, the values go up quite high. Right now, I can’t say whether we will do something or not. Certainly we will pursue every angle and see if there is something out there. Remember we made trades prior to every one else (Ilya Kovalchuk, Kari Lehtonen). The changes that we’ve made, I think, have been very positive for our hockey team. You want to make sure you don’t mess up the chemistry of your team either.

Q. Would you categorize yourself as a buyer or a seller?

A. More a buyer than a seller.


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Oilers Looking To Deal

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from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

They’re at the bottom of the NHL standings despite having one of the league’s higher payrolls. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will be trying to wheel and deal before the league’s trade deadline Wednesday.

That inevitability isn’t lost on such veterans as captain Ethan Moreau, the club’s longest-serving player (having arrived in ‘99), who has been mentioned repeatedly in trade speculation leading up to the 3 p.m. ET deadline.

Likewise for defenceman Steve Staios and forward Fernando Pisani, neither of whom would be surprised to see their lengthy tenures in Edmonton end with a change of address.


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St. Louis/Chicago Trade

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired goaltender Joe Fallon from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Hannu Toivonen and Danny Richmond.

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Your Trade Deadline Coverage

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NEW YORK (March 1, 2010) –The countdown to Wednesday’s NHL Trade Deadline (Mar. 3 at 3:00 p.m. ET) is on as NHL teams position themselves for the six-week push to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Wall-to-wall coverage on NHL.com begins today with a team of correspondents in every NHL city to cover player transactions, draft pick exchanges and all the latest trade news. A panel of writers, analysts and guests will provide up-to-the-minute reports, break down trades and delve into historical Trade Deadline moves that lead to great stretch runs and eventual Stanley Cup victories.

Digital coverage includes a trade ticker and mobile tracker, official confirmation of trades from NHL’s Central Registry office and analysis with special guests including a pair of former NHL general managers—Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman and Craig Button. Trade deadline coverage on NHL.com is sponsored by Hungry Man in Canada.

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Breaking Down The Remaining NHL Schedule

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from NHL.com,

With the 2010 Winter Olympics a happy memory for some and a disappointment for others, there is little, if any, time to dwell on what happened in Vancouver, unless you are the Canucks, contemplating a trip home after being on the road to accommodate the games at what now can once again be called GM Place.

Just about everyone in the NHL remains in it, but to win it the remainder of the regular season takes on even more importance than the normal regular-season stretch drive.

The majority of players got a mid-season break and should be rarin’ to go.

Here is a look at how the schedule breaks down for each NHL team.

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Stajan Signs Extension

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via TSN,

Forward Matt Stajan has agreed to terms with Calgary Flames on four-year contract extension worth about $3.5 million per year.

He was scheduled to be unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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Well This Could Change The Goalie Market

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via Katie Strang tweet,

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro out indefinitely with swelling in his right knee

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Nashville Chairman Steps Down

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from Ken Whitehouse of the Nashville Post,

David Freeman, chairman of the Nashville Predators Hockey Club, has informed the city of Nashville and the Sports Authority that he is stepping away from the helm of the organization, according to a letter to the city sent by Freeman’s attorney.

Tom Cigarran, chairman of the Franklin-based wellness firm Healthways, has been unanimously appointed by the ownership group to become the third person to represent the team on the NHL Board of Governors.

Freeman has been under fire by the Sports Authority in recent months as a result of his contest with the IRS over a portion of his 2007 tax returns. In the letter to the city,

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