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11-02-2012, 07:42 AM
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They can play some type of season without the Winter Classic. The NHL needs to prepare for that game.

The NHL will not cancel the Winter Classic on Friday and is not expected to do so before Nov. 15.

But exactly when the league, which has locked out the players, will call off the annual outdoor game is the subject of some conjecture, even among those who have spoken to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly. Some sources say Bettman believes Nov. 15 is the last possible day to make a decision because of the preparations involved for the game, between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings and planned for Jan. 1 at the University of Michiganís 115,000-seat stadium.

However, Daly declined to comment on any potential deadlines, saying only that the decision will rest more on the preparations involved for the game rather than the stalled labour negotiations. But a league source suggested Nov. 15 may not be the day an announcement is made.

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