as far as the second classic. i think its a stupid idea. one classic each year. i think canadian teams should be involved in the future just like it would be nice to see the kings involved in an outdoor game.
i dont think they should host it in canada tho unless they can think of a setting that is significant for an american audience. thats not an anti-canadian bias. its just pragmatic.
You guys do not realize...we(NHL fans) can own New Years Day. Until the college football system embraces a playoff, bowl games that occur a month after the season ends and coaches have taken better jobs(Brian Kelly), are pretty much irrelevant.People watch because there is no counter-programming. A full day of shiny outdoor games...especially games that matter in the standings, played in exotic locations...baseball stadiums etc...c'mon. Think large folks. One outdoor game is awesome...but if it is an ass kicking, folks will tune out. Three games will keep folks watching. I put it to you this way, Thanksgiving day...the first game is someone p'owning Detroit. If there are no other games, how quick do you say...'f'this, I'm gonna eat myself into a coma'...?
I also heard that the thinking right now is having the first one... in Calgary against one of the toher Canadian teams.
This idea is just stupid enough to get done.
I'm waiting for the NHL's drive to really involve the Canadian fan in any of the possible 10 yearly Classic games (that will probably be the norm in 5 years) by volunteering their home rinks as sites for these contests.
The Bruce family from Moose Factory, Ont. has alerady offered theirs up...