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Dreger: The Great Outdoors

Darren Dreger
4/20/2009 11:36:57 PM
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The National Hockey League's next outdoor game will be played at Fenway Park in Boston. While some are hoping it will feature the Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens, that does not seem likely.

It sounds like it is either going to be Boston versus the Washington Capitals or the Philadelphia Flyers.

The concept of the outdoor game in general continues to get a lot of talk, with discussions between the Players Association and the National Hockey League. One pie in the sky idea that has generated feedback is having a doubleheader, where there would be an outdoor game in Canada and another in the United States on the same day.

The NHLPA, is not thrilled with the notion of two games on the same day, because of the undertaking that would be involved. In some ways the idea of a doubleheader diminishes the spectacle of the single event.

Another idea that is going to generate more discussion involves going back to western Canada, for a post-Olympic outdoor game. The NHL did hold the Heritage Classic in Edmonton back in 2003 and while I'm not saying they are talking about going back to there – maybe it is Calgary, maybe Vancouver – there is potential for a post-Olympic outdoor game in western Canada.

- - Not Ready Yet - -

Paul Kariya is not ready to return for the St. Louis Blues. While he did skate in back-to-back practices for the Blues, the team has said he will not be playing in Game 4.

That is not good news as St. Louis, down 3-0 in the series with the Vancouver Canucks, could use the veteran winger, especially on the power-play. It is possible that if the series is extended he would be able to play, but he will not be ready for Game 4 on Tuesday.

Mats Sundin is also doubtful for the Canucks in Game 4.

 

Darren Dreger

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