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Will Gretzky participate in Winter Classic?

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08:25 AM ET 10.27 | Eric Lindros helped breathe some early excitement into the Winter Classic, announcing that he'd be playing in the alumni game, which has some speculating about the ultimate alumni cameo. [Some have hinted] that the Winter Classic would be a perfect way for The Great One to make his long awaited return to the NHL. Even though Wayne Gretzky is better known as an Oiler or a King, he retired as a Ranger in 1999 and racked up 249 points in 234 games. What would be better than seeing No. 99 back on the ice joining up with Ranger greats such as Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and Mike Richter? While it may be a stretch, an opening face-off of Bobby Clarke and Wayne Gretzky would be must-see TV, perhaps even more so than the actual Winter Classic.

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October 27, 2011  08:37 AM ET

Non-story about an alumni game.

October 27, 2011  08:43 AM ET

Gretz will play....for 8 million Gary.

October 27, 2011  08:50 AM ET

hopefully Lindros doesn't slip on the ice and concuss himself

October 27, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

hopefully Lindros doesn't slip on the ice and concuss himself

It has come down to this for him. Poor guy.

October 27, 2011  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Non-story about an alumni game.

Agreed. Just what we need, a bunch of old guys trying not to get hurt playing something that doesn't resemble the actual sport. Announce them to the crowd, let everyone clap if they want to put down their beers for a few minutes (I won't) and get the players on the ice.

October 27, 2011  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

hopefully Lindros doesn't slip on the ice and concuss himself

Some of us are from the camp that hopes he does.

October 27, 2011  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Some of us are from the camp that hopes he does.

Keep talking like that and his mom will SLAP YOU SO HARD!

October 27, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Some of us are from the camp that hopes he does.

add me. Lindros is a great example of Karma......never liked him, never will.
The baby Huey of the NHL, and proof that sometimes you have to move on from mommy and daddy

October 27, 2011  09:40 AM ET

Baseball has a softball game the day before the All Star game so I guess the NHL is having its version of softball.

October 27, 2011  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Agreed. Just what we need, a bunch of old guys trying not to get hurt playing something that doesn't resemble the actual sport. Announce them to the crowd, let everyone clap if they want to put down their beers for a few minutes (I won't) and get the players on the ice.

I actually would enjoy a few of the real players playing like a pond game....maybe teach the kids a few things.
For instance, Lafleur could teach them how to sneak a smoke between shifts
Messier could show how to hide the elbow as you smash someone's ribs
Lemieux could show these young amateurs how to PROPERLY hang at the blue line

October 27, 2011  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

add me. Lindros is a great example of Karma......never liked him, never will.The baby Huey of the NHL, and proof that sometimes you have to move on from mommy and daddy

He tried. Mommy and daddy wouldn't let him.

October 27, 2011  09:52 AM ET

Maybe its just me, but I could not possibly care any less.

October 27, 2011  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I actually would enjoy a few of the real players playing like a pond game....maybe teach the kids a few things.For instance, Lafleur could teach them how to sneak a smoke between shiftsMessier could show how to hide the elbow as you smash someone's ribsLemieux could show these young amateurs how to PROPERLY hang at the blue line

I once went to Maple Leaf Gardens and watched the alumni original 72 Team Canada play against the NHL old timers I think...it was very entertaining and fun to watch these guys...sure they were slower but it was all realative. The plays they made were great and you rarely saw anyone offside...The Classic is about entertainment. I for one would love to see The Great One and others out there...I'm sure it would be a blast for those involved in the game getting back together and playing...for fun.

October 27, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

hopefully Lindros doesn't slip on the ice and concuss himself

Lol....maybe he'll spit on some people as he goes down

October 27, 2011  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I actually would enjoy a few of the real players playing like a pond game....maybe teach the kids a few things.For instance, Lafleur could teach them how to sneak a smoke between shiftsMessier could show how to hide the elbow as you smash someone's ribsLemieux could show these young amateurs how to PROPERLY hang at the blue line

You make excellent points. Messier can also teach the kids how to "accidentally" put your elbow into someone's teeth when they're about to smash you into the boards.

October 27, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I once went to Maple Leaf Gardens and watched the alumni original 72 Team Canada play against the NHL old timers I think...it was very entertaining and fun to watch these guys...sure they were slower but it was all realative. The plays they made were great and you rarely saw anyone offside...The Classic is about entertainment. I for one would love to see The Great One and others out there...I'm sure it would be a blast for those involved in the game getting back together and playing...for fun.

exactly.....It would bring me back to my youth to see Bobbie Clarke try and take the skates out from under someone

October 27, 2011  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

exactly.....It would bring me back to my youth to see Bobbie Clarke try and take the skates out from under someone

If they really wanted to do this correctly, they would have a fake bench clearing brawl. That would be an appropriate alumni game for the Flyers and Rangers ;)

October 27, 2011  10:23 AM ET

Gretzky and Lindros? I don't know who will get booed worse.

October 27, 2011  10:25 AM ET

ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 
October 27, 2011  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

add me. Lindros is a great example of Karma......never liked him, never will.The baby Huey of the NHL, and proof that sometimes you have to move on from mommy and daddy

Have you heard about how tix to the Winter Classic are being distributed? I briefly entertained the idea of trying to go to the game, but that was put to rest real quick. If you aren't a season ticket holder about the only way to go (if you aren't connected to the Flyers, Phillies, Rangers or NHL in some way) is to get a ticket off StubHub for about $600. Unreal. I guess I'm in the basement watching it on the tv.

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