There are going to be a grand total of six outdoor games. Talk about an overkill.
Personally, I think there comes a time when the NHL has overdone the outdoor game, this might be an instance of this. How many outdoor games do we need to have during the course of a season? I also think the outdoor game can be a bit of a crap shoot with the weather, one of these game is almost assured of having disastrous ice conditions. Lastly, I think that the outdoor games are a gimmick as well. Really, the frozen pond in California? Make sure to throw the palm trees in for good measure.
Kevin Cusick, Pioneer Press --- TSN, Canada's version of ESPN, is reporting that the league is planning five outdoor games in addition to the Jan. 1 Winter Classic previously announced for the University of Michigan's Big House."Here's the schedule that the NHL is proposing for the 2013-14 season.
"They're still ironing out a few of the wrinkles," reporter Darren Dreger said on TSN's "Insider Trading" program. "Contracts haven't been signed. But that's the grand plan."
Jan. 1: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium.
Jan. 25: Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium.
Jan. 26: New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
Jan. 29: New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
March 1: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field.
March 2: Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks at BC Place (It apparently has a retractable roof now. Who knew?).