All-Star ratings surge

Associated PressFebruary 2, 2011 

The NHL All-Star Game, held at Raleigh's RBC Center on Sunday, was a big hit on television. The ratings were up one-third from the last game two years ago.

The game on Versus drew a 1.2 rating, a 33 percent increase from 2009. The league didn't hold an All-Star Game last year because of the Olympics.

Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned into a program.

Sabres announce sale: The Buffalo Sabres say owner Tom Golisano has agreed to sell the National Hockey League franchise and its related companies to Pennsylvania businessman Terry Pegula.

The team says the agreement was completed Tuesday afternoon and is subject to NHL approval.

Golisano isn't willing to say anything more about the impending sale until Thursday, when he will hold a press conference with managing partner Larry Quinn.

Pegula is the founder and former president of the energy company East Resources Inc., which was sold last year to Royal Dutch Shell PLC for $4.7 billion.

Vanderbeek expects to retain control of Devils: Jeff Vanderbeek isn't looking to sell the New Jersey Devils, unlike some of his partners.

Vanderbeek, the managing partner of the Devils, announced Tuesday that he has no desire to sell the NHL team and expects to maintain a controlling interest.

Vanderbeek acknowledged he and his partners have different visions for the franchise, and the minority owners Brick City are exploring a sale.

Brick City is the legal name for the Devils share owned by Ray Chambers and Mike Gilfillan, his son-in-law.

In a release, Vanderbeek says Brick City has a right under its partnership agreement to explore a sale and that it has hired Moag & Co., a Baltimore-based investment bank, to assist in its attempt to sell its share of the team.

Bloomberg reported earlier Tuesday that Vanderbeek was possibly selling the team.

A former Devils season ticket holder since the 1980s, Vanderbeek became a minority owner of the Devils in 2000, and he purchased the team and became its majority owner in 2004.

Sabres' coach avoided contract extension: Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said on Tuesday that he was offered a contract extension earlier in the season, but didn't sign it.

The news comes following a report in The Buffalo News that said general manager Darcy Regier was given a two-year extension some time in the fall.

"It's a situation I'd rather not talk about," said Ruff, whose contract expires following this season. "They were gracious in what they offered me."

Ruff, Buffalo's coach since 1997, added that he wants to stay with the team, but his and Regier's status will be in question after Pennsylvania billionaire Terry Pegula becomes the new owner.

Avalanche-Blues game postponed: The NHL game in St. Louis between the Colorado Avalanche and Blues scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed because of severe weather conditions.

The Blues say the NHL will determine a makeup date.

Missouri has been hit hard by potentially the worst winter storm in decades, and the city was socked in by a mix of snow, freezing rain and dangerously cold temperatures.

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