Posted 02 January 2014 - 12:48 PM
And you know how incredibly silly that is right? I have seen a lot of that phrase from a lot of Devils fans not going, but any non-delusional Devils fan knows the Devils would never ever be in a Winter Classic and this literally is the only way they could ever get an outdoor game. Not only that, but what really is the difference between the Winter Classic and these SS games? They are both worth 2 points, both are in outdoor stadiums not meant for hockey, will be cold and will cost a lot of money to go. If the logo is the main reason they are staying away then they should realize it's either SS game or nothing at this point in terms of outdoor games.
I'm not saying the "logo" is the main reason, but for some I think it's definitely factoring in (not for me...I'm more trying to account for other viewpoints). Like I said, if the Devils/Rangers were playing on New Year's Day in the Winter Classic, I think there'd be more enthusiasm (and not implying that there isn't any...clearly there's a lot of fans both Devils and Rangers that are very much into this, and those who aren't going are going to be watching somewhere). Even if the WC is no more "important" from a standings and worth standpoint, I think the fact that there are a total of six outdoor games made this event lose something for some fans.
Agree, the only way the Devils were getting an outdoor game was with the Stadium Series...it seems the only teams that get into the WC are Original 6 teams, the Pens and Caps (for obvious reasons), or, for whatever the reason, the Flyers. It's great that the Devils are in an outdoor game (especially for Marty...I'd always hoped he'd get to be in one...that's probably the most compelling argument for the Devils appearing in this game. Would've been nice if Marty was younger and less of a wild-card, but that is what it is...and at least the game is against a bitter rival).
Is the SS oversaturation of a good thing? We probably won't know the answer to that until after all of this year's SS games are completed, or if the NHL keeps doing it in the seasons to come.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 02 January 2014 - 12:49 PM.
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