Barring Miracle, NHL Will Cancel Winter Classic Today

All in, all out. Photo courtesy NHL.com

Just a couple of days ago, we asked if you’d be bummed out if Winter Classic was axed.  Most who responded stated that unless it involved the Oilers, they wouldn’t so much have minded.

Looks like we’ll be able to test that theory sooner than later.

According to several sources, barring a miracle on Friday, the NHL will cancel the 2013 Winter Classic that was to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  You never say ‘never’, and stranger things have happened, but there are absolutely no meetings scheduled for tomorrow.  If anything other than a phone call to feel each other out was made, I’d be pretty surprised.

IF THE WINTER CLASSIC IS CANCELLED, WON’T THAT LEAD TO THE SEASON GETTING THE AXE?

Eventually, of course, but I don’t believe the two are necessarily related to each other.  There’s a lot that goes into a spectacle like the Winter Classic, it’s not like a couple of teams show up at game time and shinny gets played.  There’s an alumni game, there’s the countless hours of planning that go into an event like this, there’s the construction of the rink…there’s a lot that needs to happen for something like the Winter Classic to be successful.

Without sounding flippant, the NHL season just needs to start.  It would take a half hour to generate a 48 game schedule and a week or so for training camp.  What am I getting at?  The NHL can go ahead and cancel the Winter Classic.  It sucks for Detroit and Toronto, and it sucks for those who enjoy the pageant that is the Winter Classic.  But if the NHL cancels the Winter Classic tomorrow, it still leaves 7 or 8 solid weeks for the NHL and the NHLPA to work something out for a half-season’s worth of games.

I don’t know how confident I am of that happening, but it’s possible.

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