LeBrun: No 2012 Heritage Classic?

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  1. LadyStanley

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    The novelty has worn thin anyways and the games are terribly played.
     
  4. Never

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    I was at the one this past February. Incredibly boring in most regards. Having the shovel dudes on skates come out every 5 minutes was a pain. The game had no flow.

    Oh, and those damn Flames won 4-0 too.
     
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    I wouldn't worry. It'll come back at some point soon. The money seems to be pretty good.

    These kinds of events are fun, but have production challenges. There's no point putting on a bad event.
     
  6. Dado

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    Maybe they're saving the next for when QC gets a team back - the WHA Classic. :)
     
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    Good. Now get rid of the other one too.
     
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    I would've liked to see Winnipeg in the heritage classic this year. If I'm not mistaken the Calgary/Montreal game made more money then the Pittsburgh/Washington game no?
     
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    You know what let's make it interesting. Let's put the game in Hartford and have like two southern teams play say... phx and fla =D
     
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    The league brought a 7th team to Canada. What more do they want? :sarcasm:
     
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    Honestly, makes sense to me to have the Heritage Classic once every two or three years instead of every year, given the smaller number of possible teams and the obvious, unavoidable fact that you'd have repeat appearances within four years otherwise. But, given how the NHL/NBC is scheduling Winter Classics, I am a bit surprised that they aren't just saying, "screw it" and moving full-steam ahead with it to make some extra dough.

    After all, for all the talk about it watering down the unique nature of the Winter Classic, how many so-called casuals that only watch the Winter Classic would care about another outdoor game that they don't watch on Versus?
     
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    Hmm, about 3 more teams and all will be well:yo:
     
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    all setup for the next in Winnipeg for the 12-13 season after the new stadium opens
     
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    I agree, this is very likely.
     
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    Honestly, I think it would be a lot easier if more than 2 of the 7 teams were playoff contenders. The repeats might be more palatable that way. It's easier with the WC because the sheer number of teams lets you pick a good matchup every season.
     
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    Yeah, this would be amazing. Considering how many of us tried to buy season tickets, I don't think there'd be a concern with filling the place.
     
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    Until NBC pares the list down to teams they'll actually allow to be shown on NBC. :sarcasm:
     
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    100% agreed
    30-40 what ever thousand it will hold... will be gone in minutes I would imagine
     
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    This goes for the Heritage Classic and Hockey Day in Canada - they need to drop the idea of just Canadian teams. Would it really be the end of the world to have, say, the Bruins play the Habs at Molson Stadium or the Leafs host the Wings at BMO Field (leaving out any arguments about whether these stadiums are "good enough")? Did life as we know it stop in 2008 when the schedule demanded a couple of American teams be thrown in the mix?

    There just aren't enough permutations to make it entertaining from year to year
     
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    Yes it would, Hockey Day in Canada is just that. Allowing U S teams to partake would just cheapen it for me.

    Besides it's mainly about minor hockey and small towns. With the country's NHL teams thrown in as the cherry on top.

    If I had to choose, I'd rather see the day have no NHL involvement rather than see U S teams included.
     
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    How the hell would Lebron know if there's going to be a Heritage Classic?
     
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    I agree.

    Hockey day is a Canadian thing, not Hockey Day in North America or Earth Hockey Day. Bad enough they let foreigners play on that day, they want to let foreign teams in? Pre-posterous!

    When are they going to quit trying to 'grow' the game for Pete's sake? They should be trying to take it back!

    ;)
     
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    The Heritage Classic i thought was just a way for Edmonton to market a game for some extra money that helped them not lose money that one year. An outdoor game as an homage to its heritage in Canada could maybe be done by two non-playoff teams in a bad year, as that's what the heritage classic seems for.

    The Winter Classic on the other hand seems a fantastic marketing opportunity, one where they are raising lots of national sponsorship dollars, establishing a national TV time slot, positioning hockey in the American psyche as mom, apple pie, and nhl, and in perhaps the only truly national hockey broadcast of the regular season.

    I dont see anything classic about the heritage games yet. If Winnipeg is struggling and needs money next year, they would probably be a good bet and a good time for it.
     
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    LA Lakers (in their old Minneapolis Lakers uniforms) vs. LA Clippers (in their old Buffalo braves uniforms) :laugh:
     

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