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The Caps to play the Pens in the 2011 Winter Classic

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, May 27, 2010.

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

  2. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    So I"m guessing PNC Park as opposed to Heinz, Yes?
  4. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    Not if the headline says anything about that...

    Capitals vs. Penguins Winter Classic set for Heinz Field 2011
  5. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    No way PNC Park would allow it
  6. RedCanuck

    RedCanuck Active Member

    Someone tell the NHL there's 30 teams and their marketing efforts don't have to settle around Crosby and Ovechkin exclusively. If you look, I think there's some other damned good and personable young guys in the final this week (albeit they've also played in a Winter Classic) who are good reps.

    Spread these special games around, there's no need for the Pens and Habs to be playing again. How about Dallas-Minnesota somewhere in Minnesota? How about Vancouver with Calgary, or Toronto... especially given the Leafs and Flames' trade history? There are many possibilities... Washington, Ottawa, for example, following the patriotism of the Olympics.

    These matchups they picked don't show any creativity.
  7. suburbia

    suburbia Active Member

    They don't show creativity, but they are safe choices. Crosby and Ovechkin are known big names and will get a good rating.
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah. Just like Tiger Woods brought in good ratings for the PGA. Then he spits the bit, so to speak, and when he doesn't play, no one cares. Same thing here.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Next: The Sharks against the Thrashers....
  10. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    Yep. The people complaining about the Penguins getting a second Winter Classic before everyone else -- Thrashers-Blue Jackets on New Year's Day! -- aren't the ones the NHL is catering to with this event. Hockey fans will watch regardless. Casual fans are the target.

    Non-playoff teams won't do the trick, so right there, knock out 14 teams.

    Canadian teams are a non-starter for NBC, too, so knock out three more (three Canadian teams missed the playoffs and were counted in the previous 14).

    So now we're down to 13 teams, six of whom already played in the Winter Classic (Pens, Sabres, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Flyers, Bruins). So if you don't want the Penguins in the Winter Classic again because you view them as a retread, there are seven real options ...

    New Jersey
    San Jose
    L.A. Kings

    ... And really, Washington-San Jose is probably the one matchup among those teams that might work for the Winter Classic, that might attract the casual fan. Maybe the Devils, but the way they play might bore casual fans. Maybe Colorado for the venue, but we're still talking about a No. 8 seed there.
  11. Double J

    Double J Active Member

  12. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    And I think RedCanuck's Minnesota-Dallas idea is a great one.
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