Winter Classic should be in Toronto
I just wish it was in Toronto.
A "major announcement" from the NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings came Sunday.
Surprise: the Winter Classic between the Leafs and Wings – you know, the one that got cancelled because of the lockout – is back on.
No shock here, could you imagine if they’d chosen two new teams?! Everything is the same, but I wish it wasn’t.
I wish the NHL had chosen a new location, say, here in Toronto at the Sky Dome. A little thank you, Toronto, and the Leafs franchise, from the NHL, for, umm, keeping us afloat.
Under the NHL’s revenue sharing system, the Leafs pump more money into the pool than any other franchise – and that’s without making the playoffs!
Something like $20 million for 2011-2012. The Phoenix Coyotes were given more RS money in $13.5 million than they made that year in $13.3 million. The Winnipeg Jets made enough cash they didn’t even receive RS payments.
But at least the Leafs are one of the Winter Classic teams – finally.
The Leafs and Wings – who first played a game in 1927 (we won) – will faceoff at Michigan Stadium. Detroit (275-273-93-3) has earned 646 points against Toronto. The Leafs are right behind, having garnered 645 (276-275-93-0) against
The teams have also played 117 playoff games against each other, the second most in NHL history behind only the 170 between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.
And, they’ll be in the same division next season after the realignment. It doesn’t get much better…until you remember this means Leafs fans will get to see just how the buds go about planning their attack; HBO will be doing the behind-the-scenes show 24/7 again.
Can’t wait. I wonder who the class clown is on the team.
With files from the Canadian Press.