Prognosticating way, way in advance, but just imagine if, IF, this is a replay of this year's Stanley Cup Final....
If, and I repeat IF, the Hawks and the Penguins play in the SCF, I'd hope that the NHL would be smart and have this game as being their first game between the two next year. Regardless of who wins, it'd be an incredibly easy event for the league to pump up, especially with the many naysayers that are upset about the increase in the number of outdoor games.
Two games at Yankee Stadium is what got me. Sure it'll make money but there is basically no prestige or uniqueness behind any of these games now.
inb4 the NHL moves every game outdoors.
This bothers me too. It's clearly an effort to appease Charles Wang who would be livid over a NYC-area outdoor game not including the Islanders. My guess if it wasn't for the Super Bowl being in NJ that year, Devils-Rangers would have been at Metlife with a gentleman's agreement with Wang to have Rangers-Isles at Yankee Stadium the next year.
The fact that the Kings are getting one before these 2 is an absolute joke. The Penguins already getting 3?
I get why the Kings and Ducks are involved... because they're good teams at this moment in time but when I think of outdoor hockey Southern California is the last thing on my mind. Colorado would be great but they're not going to pull in a lot of viewers after a poor season and they don't have high enough profile stars (yet) to make up for it.
Maybe the NHL believes (perhaps based on research) that interest in outdoor games is going to pretty much disappear in the next few years and as a result, they are going to squeeze as many in as possible to maximize their revenue from the concept.
The NHL probable thinks these outdoor games are going to pull in non-hockey American fans, yeah right lol You can tell the NHL wants to break in the Big 3, but the popularity of the NHL in U.S.A = Golf. The Winter classic is enough.