I agree with you that it really is overblown and isn't a big deal in my mind. Quite frankly, I really don't want to sit outside in freezing cold temps. to watch a game from seats with a terrible viewing angle/obstructed view just for the sake of saying I went to a game at Yankee Stadium.
IMO, the Ducks aren't on anyone's radar. At best, they are the Devils of the LA hockey market, which isn't saying much. Plus, I'm not saying the Devils would be in a WC, but in 1 of the additional proposed "Hockey Day in America" games currently being discussed. Based upon everything Buttman is about ($$$), as well as the well leaked reports currently circulating, it's just a matter of time before there are 2-3 additional outdoor games played each season involving different teams outside the NBC core. Devils/Rags would sell out Yankee Stadium, and he knows it. $$$ talks, and that game (especially the first one in this market) will make a LOT of money for both the teams and the league. How adding these types of games will diminish the WC is anyone's guess, but like I said before, I believe the WC and the Heritage Classic should be the only outdoor games the NHL holds.
Edited by Chuck the Duck, 09 April 2013 - 03:05 PM.