Everybody in Toronto and Windsor – and every NHL fan for that matter - were really disappointed to hear that the Winter Classic was cancelled by the NHL late last week.
The outdoor game, between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings, was going to take place at the University of Michigan stadium. With a capacity of more than 100,000, this would have been the biggest event ever for the NHL.
However, I have been told by an NHL player that the Classic could in fact be back on, if an agreement is finalized between the NHL and the NHLPA in the following weeks.
Indeed, if the season can start by December 1st, there is a good chance the NHL will hold their New year’s day classic, which attracts more viewers than the Stanley Cup final itself.
For that to happen, both sides would need to sign a new CBA in the next two weeks, which isn’t completely out of question with talks resuming officially today for the first time since October 18th.
We will find out very quickly where these talks are going, as both sides try to salvage a shortened season. But then again, don’t think the season will be wiped out altogether at this stage if talks go south again. The NHL could very well start in January, like it did in 1994, with a 48 game season.