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NHL Morning Papers: Thoughts on the outdoor game

(Note: I apologize for the late post this morning. My internet quit in my apartment right before I intended on posting this article around 8:50am CST. For new readers, the Morning Musings are generally posted between 8am and 9am CST.)

With all the talk about the outdoor game in Buffalo on New Years Day, I have to be honest, I really don’t care. Didn’t this type of game already happen? In fact, the idea has been done a couple times now. The Oilers/Canadiens played in Edmonton earlier this decade and Michigan State/Michigan played outdoors a few years back as well. Most likely, the game will result in a cash cow for the City of Buffalo, which is terrific, however, playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium during a winter day isn’t exactly going to raise publicity about the game of hockey for more than a day or two. Moreover, who wants to sit outside and watch a game in early January? Never mind the fact that most fans will be too far away in the football stadium seats to actually enjoy the game.

I think it is fair to say that this game is being played because the NHL sees a one time shot where they can sell 60,000+ seats and make a boatload of cash off the event. The publicity is secondary in this instance, for the NHL the all mighty dollar is number one.

On to the morning papers:

Kick start your morning with all the latest Winnipeg Jets news.

Also includes notes on the Moose and Ice.

The Jets and Moose remain off the ice while the Ice of Winnipeg are back on it tomorrow night here in Manitoba.

Be sure to keep it locked to for all the latest news you can use.

Tongues were wagging in south Florida at the All-Star gear worn by Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

The folks who made his gear are giving it away to one lucky fan.

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