Report: NHL source says Wild will get outdoor game in 2015-16
JUN 21, 2014 5:17p ET
First it’s bad news, then good for Wild fans.
The bad: Minnesota reportedly won’t host an outdoor game in the 2014-15 season.
The good: “At the end of the day, both of us (presumably, the Wild and the league) determined that next year would be better. It's going to happen next year,” an NHL source told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
Russo was told of two problems that were said to have contributed to the dashing of this year’s potential game:
1. With colleges already having their schedules set for next season, the Wild wouldn’t be able to surround the main event with collegiate -- and high school -- games like they'd allegedly hoped.
2. February, the projected month for the game by the league, was too close to the start of the Minnesota Twins’ season, and the field's condition was a concern.
Russo continued that what the Wild would really like is to host the Winter Classic, but that game wouldn’t be available until 2017, an NHL source told him. Furthermore, he says rumblings indicate the decision to cut back to one Stadium Series game in 2014-15 also involved factors out of the Wild’s control.
On Friday, the Associated Press, citing a source familiar with the NHL's plans, reported that the Chicago Blackhawks will be the opponent of the Washington Capitals for the D.C. Stadium Series game on January 1.