According to Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Journal, there’s talks circulating that the NHL may hold the 2012 Winter Classic in Philadelphia in Citizen’s Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
“Philadelphia might get the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizen’s Bank Park, the MLB Phillies’ ballpark. But it won’t be held on New Year’s Day because that’s a Sunday and an NFL day. It could be on New Year’s Eve or on Jan. 2, possibly against the New York Rangers.”
It appears that the city of New York seems to be a long-shot when it comes to landing the coveted Winter Classic, making it seem the only way to get the Rangers in the game would be as the visitor. If that’s the case, I’m still all for it.
Philadelphia is a strong city to hold it, although I would like to see other cities get involved. Since the game’s inception in 2008, the Pittsburgh Penguins have appeared in two games (2008 and 2011), and this would mark the Flyers’ second appearance (2010). Sure, they’re strong NHL towns right now, but what about Minnesota, Colorado and -oh no- Montreal or Toronto?
Again, I’m all for the Rangers being in the game as the Classic has become more popular than the All-Star game, but I’d prefer it against a different team. Spread the wealth, NHL.