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NHL Ratings On NBC 2/4/06

The overnight ratings are in for Saturday's games and just about what we have seen before- 1.2 rating and a 3 share. Also, NBC will not be broadcasting another NHL game until April- Sat., April 8 St. Louis @ Colorado 2 p.m. ET New York Rangers @ Boston Anaheim @ Los Angeles (West Coast only) 3 p.m. PT Sat., April 15 New York Rangers @ Philadelphia 2 p.m. ET Minnesota @ Dallas Boston @ Atlanta

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Touching The Trophy

from Sports Illustrated,

The worst thing about the broadcast (Super Bowl) was the series of spots in which Steelers and Seahawks players (mostly Steelers) pitched a kind of adolescent woo at the Lombardi Trophy -- whispering sweet nothings its way, telling it how special it is, doing their best to cop a cheap feel on the sly. Until they've earned it, NHL players treat the Stanley Cup with the same kind of reverence that that Indiana Jones showed the Ark...

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Q & A With LaRue

from Hockey Refs,

Dennis LaRue has been in the NHL since 1989 and is considered the top American-born referee. His career includes some 600 NHL regular season and 19 Stanley Cup games; three Olympic assignments in 2006, 2002, and 1988; and both the 1986 World Championship and World U20 Championship. LaRue resides in the Spokane, Washington area and is engaged to be married this summer. HockeyRefs.com: How does it feel a few days before your third Olympic assignment? LaRue: I kind of had to pinch myself to be honest. I was lucky to be selected the first time in 1988 and it was fantastic, but it was different with the amateurs, and when I was selected in 2002, it was a big thrill and something I was excited about and pleased to be chosen again, and this third time, I wasn’t expecting it. I am just as thrilled now and maybe more so because I have never got to do the Olympics [outside of North America]. I am looking forward to going to Europe and comparing and contrasting the Olympics in and outside of North America. Going to Italy will be terrific and I have always wanted to go just as a tourist.
much more...very informative...

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Team USA Announces Replacement & Taxi Squad

from the CP via TSN,

Defenceman Bret Hedican of the Carolina Hurricanes will replace Aaron Miller of the Los Angeles Kings on the United States Olympic hockey team, USA Hockey announced Monday. Miller has been bothered by a bad back most of the season. USA Hockey also announced that forward Matt Cullen of the Hurricanes, defenceman Paul Martin of the New Jersey Devils and goalie Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres will make up the team's taxi squad.

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H. Sedin & Miller POW

via TSN,

Vancouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin, who tallied seven points in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week. Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who led the Sabres to three victories with a 1.63 goals-against average and .944 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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OLN Tonight

Tonight OLN will feature a double dip of games. According to OLN, Nashville takes on Dallas at 7:30pm (NHL.com has the game starting at 8pm) and then Calgary visits San Jose at 10:30pm. If you want a game in HD with Comcast, you can watch Tampa Bay and the Islanders on delay, beginning at 1am Tuesday and again 7am Tuesday. Since INHD has shown the OLN game in HD, maybe this is not correct. The Tampa/Islanders game was scheduled for OLN but changed to the Nashville/Dallas game recently.

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Will Islanders Make Moves

from the NY Post,

It is expected that Charles Wang will make great strides toward hiring a new GM to replace Mike Milbury during the break and with the trade deadline approaching in March, there is a chance for moves before the end of the season. Mark Parrish, Mike York, Jason Blake, Oleg Kvasha, Arron Asham and Radek Martinek are all in the final years of their contracts and could be attractive for contending teams tinkering down the stretch. With a new GM coming in, Milbury heading out and proof that the current core hasn't set the world on fire, a drastic dismantling of the Isles would hardly be shocking.
more (reg. req.)

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No To Loonie

from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

The head ice-maker at the Winter Olympics isn't putting his money on the Canadian hockey team. Or any team for that matter. Canadian Dan Craig said he has turned down a request to place a loonie coin in the ice — something one of his workers did in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Olympics, where the Canadian men and women both won hockey gold.

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Everyone Wants A Big Bruising Defenseman

from the Tennessean,

The Predators beat the seasonal rush in acquiring center Mike Sillinger, but they may not be done with their trade-deadline shopping just yet. Predators General Manager David Poile said the team remains interested in acquiring a physical defenseman in preparation for a run at a second consecutive playoff berth. Teams may be eager to make transactions before Sunday, when a roster freeze goes into effect for the length of the Olympic break. When teams return from the break on March 1, there will be just over a week before the March 9 trading deadline.

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Is The Cap Working

from the Delco Times,

While history proves to us that the framers of our constitution got it right, the jury is still out on whether this salary cap will make the NHL have more parity than the pre-cap era. The primary reason? Only one of those former "Big Seven" has taken a serious fall this season, while five of them are still considered among the league’s elite.
read on

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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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