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08:21 AM ET 10.10 | The Big House may be abuzz with activity this month, but it's missing a few key visitors. In what seems to be a dire sign for the Winter Classic, the NHL Operations Department does not have plans to visit Ann Arbor this month. Officials from league headquarters went to Michigan Stadium in September to do logistics scouting, part of the massive preparation to hold the scheduled outdoor game. ... But with the NHL already having canceled two weeks of the regular season -- and with no progress made on tangible issues between the NHL and the NHL Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement -- no follow-up trips are on the horizon, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press.

Detroit Free Press

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October 10, 2012  08:57 AM ET

Is Ann Arbor related to Al?

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October 10, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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BTW, the cancellation of the Winter Classic (as well as the rest of the season) is what Don Fehr wants for you and until and unless someone takes my advice it is what you'll get.

Perhaps Donny Boy and the Buttgoblin should be introduced to a wood chipper.

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October 10, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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That's how I handle gopher problems and shred my favourite hockey team's jersey after every losing season.

You might want to consider chipping some those sweaters with the players still in them.

Just trying to help Danny. :-)

October 10, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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I believe so. We celebrate their family on Arbor Day.

I thought Arbor Day was a nautical holiday?

October 10, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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I thought Arbor Day was a nautical holiday?

Only in England.

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October 10, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Bad news for Winter Classic


I thought the bad news was that Toronto was supposed to be in it...

October 10, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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Bad news for Winter Classic

But good news for me. I have that silly gimmick. Love to see it be ut down....

October 10, 2012  10:08 AM ET

have = hate..

October 10, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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But good news for me. I hate that silly gimmick. Love to see it be shut down....

But To***to just finished their uniform design.

October 10, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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But To***to just finished their uniform design.

Nice

October 10, 2012  10:35 AM ET

Have the NHL put the rink in my back yard. You boys are invited. Bon fire...seafood bake in the pot over the open fire.....play some puck, drink some suds and have some old fashion yucks. Who knows maybe Burkie will be calling the house looking to sign someone before all the festivities conclude :)

October 10, 2012  10:59 AM ET

they tried to make an issue of it up here. Frankly, I don't see the issue. If they need to go to Ann Arbor to see the logistics of parking, etc, they can go to any of the games in the big-house, given that they are all sell-outs. The Wolverines are hosting 3 consecutive home games in November, including the final game vs Ohio State, which would probably serve as a better example than the Michigan vs State game anyways.

October 10, 2012  11:00 AM ET
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But good news for me. I have that silly gimmick. Love to see it be ut down....

I'm not a huge fan, but Leafs vs Wings at the Big House kind of interests me.

October 10, 2012  11:03 AM ET
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they tried to make an issue of it up here. Frankly, I don't see the issue. If they need to go to Ann Arbor to see the logistics of parking, etc, they can go to any of the games in the big-house, given that they are all sell-outs. The Wolverines are hosting 3 consecutive home games in November, including the final game vs Ohio State, which would probably serve as a better example than the Michigan vs State game anyways.

Actually, the Ohio Sate game is away this year. I just checked the schedule.

 
October 10, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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But To***to just finished their uniform design.

Not the ugliest girl I ever even saw LOL

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