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08:30 AM ET 12.01 | Hockeytown may not have to wait much longer for its turn in the Winter Classic spotlight. The Detroit Red Wings are in deep discussions with the NHL about hosting an outdoor game within the next two seasons. MLive.com has learned the Red Wings expect to host the annual Winter Classic either next season or in 2013-14. The Red Wings would prefer to have the game at Comerica Park, home of the Tigers, also owned by Mike Ilitch. But it might take place at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor due to its huge capacity. The stadium hosted the "Big Chill at the Big House" on Dec. 11, 2010, attracting a world record announced crowd of 113,411 in the game between Michigan and Michigan State.

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December 1, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Great! Line up the Blackhawks, get some good retro uniforms together, it will be a great show.

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December 1, 2011  08:49 AM ET
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Leafs-Red Wings. Only matchup that would draw enough people to fill the Big House.

Nope. Pens/Wings would fill the Big House.

December 1, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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Nope. Pens/Wings would fill the Big House.

Nope. Don't want another Pens Winter Classic. We need a break from it...for awhile!

December 1, 2011  09:03 AM ET
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Leafs-Red Wings. Only matchup that would draw enough people to fill the Big House.

They need to set up one with Leafs/Canadians and another one for Bruins/Rangers.

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December 1, 2011  09:28 AM ET
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Leafs-Red Wings. Only matchup that would draw enough people to fill the Big House.

I think the network and NHL would be worried about "truth in advertizing" having Leafs and Classic in the same promotion.

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December 1, 2011  09:44 AM ET
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Leafs-Red Wings. Only matchup that would draw enough people to fill the Big House.

A Canadian team in the winter classic? Are you crazy?

December 1, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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Neither the Leafs or Habs have a facility that would give that special ambiance. Leafs could do it in a few years in Hamilton once Ivor Wynne is rebuilt, but BMO, Saputo nor Molson Stadiums have enough seats to make it worthwhle.While B's/Rangers would be great, especially given that they'll both likely be competing for a couple years now, it's a matter of fatigue with the same teams playing over and over.

I'm not suggesting these be the only teams to play in the Classic. I just like the idea of original six teams playing against each other. Kinda defines the concept of classic for me.

As for places to play for Leafs/Canadians, isn't there a CFL stadium that could be used? Football stadiums have better sight lines than baseball stadiums anyway.

December 1, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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Neither the Leafs or Habs have a facility that would give that special ambiance. Leafs could do it in a few years in Hamilton once Ivor Wynne is rebuilt, but BMO, Saputo nor Molson Stadiums have enough seats to make it worthwhle.While B's/Rangers would be great, especially given that they'll both likely be competing for a couple years now, it's a matter of fatigue with the same teams playing over and over.

The Big O in Montreal can, can't it?

Just take off the roof. All it is is a plastic sheet of paper anyways.

December 1, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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The Bruins and Rangers don't have the a great rivalry. Montreal/Boston would probably sell out any stadium they wanted to have the game in.

Montreal/Boston would be great, too. And, they can build the rink with the glass supports in a place where no one will get hurt by them ;)

December 1, 2011  09:47 AM ET
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I think Sid's off the outdoor games for a while.

He'll be fine, as long as he doesn't have to see Steckel!

December 1, 2011  09:49 AM ET
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A Canadian team in the winter classic? Are you crazy?

It's not about filling a stadium, it's about TV ratings.

December 1, 2011  09:51 AM ET
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I'm not suggesting these be the only teams to play in the Classic. I just like the idea of original six teams playing against each other. Kinda defines the concept of classic for me.As for places to play for Leafs/Canadians, isn't there a CFL stadium that could be used? Football stadiums have better sight lines than baseball stadiums anyway.

Montreal's outdoor stadium is too small, while they play their playoff games in Olympic Stadium, but that has a roof.

Toronto also plays indoors with the Roger Centre. That does have a retractable roof, but due to by-laws, it can't be open when it is cold or past a certain date (I think November to May it has to be closed). Even if it was open, it wouldn't look like they are outdoors like other stadiums. It is too tall and round, it is like playing in between big walls. And the grass is fake.

 
December 1, 2011  09:51 AM ET
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It's not about filling a stadium, it's about TV ratings.

Finally, someone who gets it.

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