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Why March outdoor games may be a very bad idea

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07:50 AM ET 04.18 | Coming out of a year without a Winter Classic, the NHL appears aimed at six outdoor games in 2013-14. If you go to an outdoor game and don't get caught up in the excitement, you're kind of soulless. All of that said, there's one bad thing about next year's schedule, as reported by TSN's Darren Dreger: the last two games. They are Pittsburgh at Chicago on March 1 and Ottawa at Vancouver the next day. That's six and seven days, respectively, after the conclusion of the Sochi Olympics. Look at the rosters of those four teams. Things can change, but how many players are going to Russia? You could make a good argument for at least 30. It seems overly risky to send those players halfway across the world, bring them back and thrust them into unfamiliar surroundings.

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April 18, 2013  08:24 AM ET

not to mention the spring thaw

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April 18, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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not to mention the spring thaw

And six versions of 24/7?

April 18, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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And the fact this is a horrible idea that is going to kill an event I actually like and Gary Bettman deserves the "hung like cattle" method of elimination favoured by tyrants such as myself.

+1000000000000000000

April 18, 2013  09:15 AM ET
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And the fact this is a horrible idea that is going to kill an event I actually like and Gary Bettman deserves the "hung like cattle" method of elimination favoured by tyrants such as myself.

Yep. The novelty is gone and this all sounds like a desparate attempt at bringing life back into the idea.

April 18, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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Yep. The novelty is gone and this all sounds like a desparate attempt at bringing life back into the idea.

bu tthe novelty wasn't gone. A nice once a year thingy was just fine. Man i hate Bettman.

April 18, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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bu tthe novelty wasn't gone. A nice once a year thingy was just fine. Man i hate Bettman.

So if we're counting, it's you, all of Canada, and all hockey fans except one?

April 18, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And the fact this is a horrible idea that is going to kill an event I actually like and Gary Bettman deserves the "hung like cattle" method of elimination favoured by tyrants such as myself.

um, ok.... that too

April 18, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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So if we're counting, it's you, all of Canada, and all hockey fans except one?

Bettman is a hockey fan?

April 18, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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Bettman is a hockey fan?

I'm not talking about the Buttgoblin I'm talking about his champion on these threads.

April 18, 2013  09:49 AM ET

Seats at the 50 are only good for football games...guess they still haven't figured out that the fans at these games have horrible sight lines.

I'd be upset if I was a season ticket holder and had this forced upon me.

April 18, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Now wait a minute you guys.............be contrarians for a minute. If ALL games were outdoors would that move teams out of Florida, Arizona, Carolina and perhaps put 'em in areas more hockey-friendly? Bear in mind it was fairly cool in DC and Philly this year. Don't know about California.

April 18, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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So if we're counting, it's you, all of Canada, and all hockey fans except one?

and you forgot ANYONE THAT HAS EVER MET THE LITTE DWEEB

April 18, 2013  10:32 AM ET

My, isn't that nice.

April 18, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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My, isn't that nice.

You need to shrink this to MITN. Start a new trend.

April 18, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

You need to shrink this to MITN. Start a new trend.

I'm not a trendy sort of bloke..

April 18, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

My, isn't that nice.

This still makes me giggle every time i read it , very funny !

April 18, 2013  11:21 AM ET

WTF is with that "thrust them into unfamiliar surroundings" bullship ? Its a fricken hockey rink ?? A slushy or perhaps grassy hockey rink , but a rink just the same.

April 18, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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And the fact this is a horrible idea that is going to kill an event I actually like and Gary Bettman deserves the "hung like cattle" method of elimination favoured by tyrants such as myself.

Preach Danny!!!!!

 
April 18, 2013  11:32 AM ET
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not to mention the spring thaw

A bad idea at any time of year .... as far as I'm concerned.

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