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Why NHL won't let Wild host Winter Classic

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09:35 AM ET 06.26 | Just before the NHL draft was to begin at the Xcel Energy Center on Friday, only minutes before Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold was to move to the podium to officially welcome an energized crowd, Leipold sidled over to the person who would be next to speak, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Leipold, surrounded by thousands of excited hockey fans in the St. Paul arena, used the setting to make a plea to Bettman: Bring the NHL's Winter Classic outdoor game to Minnesota. Bettman's response to Leipold was terse: First make the playoffs. "What they're looking for are marquee teams," Leipold said Saturday as the draft was closing down. "And the fastest way to become a marquee team is to make the playoffs - get on national TV for a series, two series, and all of a sudden, you've elevated your position with the TV media, and that's what (the NHL) likes."

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June 26, 2011  09:44 AM ET

Why NHL won't let Wild host Winter Classic

Because they SUCK!

June 26, 2011  10:09 AM ET

The Buttgoblin actually makes a good point. Who would watch a Winter Classic between Minnesota and Edmonton?

June 26, 2011  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Buttgoblin actually makes a good point. Who would watch a Winter Classic between Minnesota and Edmonton?

Most Canadians, everyone in Minnesota, and lots of Wisconsinites. I agree though they need to get the east coast US markets interested. Bring back the bubble boys and that would boost ratings. Or the Labatts bear. "Beer me".

June 26, 2011  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Who would watch a Winter Classic between Minnesota and Edmonton?

Insomniacs.

June 26, 2011  10:59 AM ET

This isn't even newsworthy. Of course Minnesota can't play in a Winter Classic unless and until they become contenders. Nobody in New York is going to tune in on New Year's Day to see Minnesota.

June 26, 2011  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why NHL won't let Wild host Winter ClassicBecause they SUCK!

Good morning Canuck, this a cousin of yours :)

June 26, 2011  11:36 AM ET

While he makes a point the real reason is NBC doesn't want them. You either have to be a big market team or have Crosby or Ovie...

June 26, 2011  11:37 AM ET

Worst uniform in all sports.

June 26, 2011  11:52 AM ET

Like to see it in Michigan, maybe at the UM stadium where they had 103k for a college game

June 26, 2011  12:02 PM ET

I hear a lot of people say they would love to see Dallas at Minnesota in the WC. But those two teams are a LONG way from that happening.

June 26, 2011  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Good morning Canuck, this a cousin of yours :)

Morning "Rock with Wings."

Yep looks like cousin Arty the round tailed ground squirrel. Say 'Hi' for me.

June 26, 2011  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I hear a lot of people say they would love to see Dallas at Minnesota in the WC. But those two teams are a LONG way from that happening.

With the ownership issues in Dallas I've heard a lot of people say they're already in the "WC."

June 26, 2011  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Like to see it in Michigan, maybe at the UM stadium where they had 103k for a college game

good luck trying to see the puck at the back of that stadium

June 26, 2011  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

good luck trying to see the puck at the back of that stadium

Same thing I was thinking in Chicago, stadiums probably aren't the best sites

June 26, 2011  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Morning "Rock with Wings." Yep looks like cousin Arty the round tailed ground squirrel. Say 'Hi' for me.

I did he just looked at me.

June 26, 2011  12:34 PM ET

During the NHL draft my 8 year old son seemed surprised that Minnesota had am NHL team.
"What's their name?" he asked.
"Wild". I told him.
"What?"
"Wild"
"I never heard of them. Silly name!"

June 26, 2011  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I did he just looked at me.

Yep that's Arty. Stuck up little prick.

June 26, 2011  12:49 PM ET

The Wild should host Xmas tournaments every year. Invite the kiddies, they can throw some tinsel on the skating ornaments and have a sleigh ride with the zamboni!

June 26, 2011  01:16 PM ET

BUCK FETTMAN!

 
June 26, 2011  01:22 PM ET

"....and all of a sudden, you've elevated your position with the TV media, and that's what (the NHL) likes."
And you get to be on Versus.

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