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About those Flyers/Capitals 2015 Winter Classic rumors and reports

Dec 27, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

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No matter how good, bad, mediocre or dysfunctional the Philadelphia Flyers may be, they almost always draw the eyes and attention of North American viewers.

The latest proof of that is another potential Winter Classic appearance for the Orange and Black.

This came up a few days ago – sorry, that whole Christmas thing kind of got in the way – but CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio cited a Hockeybuzz.com report that the Flyers will travel to our nation’s capital to play the Washington Capitals outdoors in January 2015.

While nothing is in any way confirmed  - Panaccio noted a Flyers official didn’t verify anything and only said the team was a “finalist” – and the Boston Bruins have also been mentioned as an opponent for the Capitals in the game, the Flyers make sense as an opponent from both rivalry and geography points of view.

Have you seen any of the three games the new Metropolitan Division rivals have played against each other this season? Each contest has been action-packed and entertaining for a variety of reasons. The teams don’t seem to like each other and play great games against each other.

And let’s be honest, the shenanigans that occurred between the teams in early November – our worst Philly sports moment of 2013 – probably did nothing but help the Flyers’ chances of being the Caps’ opponent. You know NHL and NBC executives’ eyes just lit up upon seeing that.

As far as geography goes, D.C. is obviously just a short drive from Philadelphia and the game would be an instant sell out.

Panaccio mentioned Nationals Park and FedEx Field as potential game sites.

Nationals Park is kinda cool and just a few years old, but there’s nothing really special that sticks out about it. FedEx Field is in the middle of nowhere in some Maryland suburb and has that Dan Snyder stench all over it. That place may have to be crossed off the list just for the fact Snyder will almost certainly have his grimy hands in on any deal.

The Broad Street Hockey guys and Yahoo’s Puck Daddy both brought up an interesting prospect: Baltimore.

Baltimore is almost smack-dab, directly between D.C. and Philadelphia and has top-notch, downtown facilities in the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium and the Orioles’ beautiful Camden Yards.

I don’t know about you guys, but a neutral-site Winter Classic between the Flyers and Caps at Camden Yards sounds pretty damn cool to me.

Again, nothing has been confirmed yet. Just strong speculation. But it’s worth talking about.

If true, it would be the Flyers’ third Winter Classic appearance in six years.

  1. Joe P - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Don’t get me wrong: this matchup in Baltimore would be pretty sweet. But it is AN ABSOLUTE MUST that the Flyers play the Penguins at Beaver Stadium in State College. That game NEEDS to happen.

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  2. Jason R. - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    What about RFK?

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    • willh888 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      he got shot

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  3. ck - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Baltimore??? I was at the winter classic in philly—almost too warm for good ice. Baltimore or DC is waaaay too warm.

    give me montreal and the rangers,,,outside in montreal

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    • willh888 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      I don’t believe it’s so much the temperature but the humidity. It actually snowed at the Flyers Classic, so it couldn’t have been that warm. There’s a game in LA this year, so that’ll be interesting.

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    • Marvin Monroe - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      Hmm… you were in attendance at the game. And said the ice was bad.

      The players played on the ice and said it was fine. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=609519

      WHO TO BELIEVE?

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  4. theoldsport - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    An ice rink at FedEx would be the best playing surface that place has ever seen…

    It’s going to be interesting to see how the Winter Classic holds up after the “Stadium Series” this year. To me, a rink in the middle of a football or baseball stadium will never not be cool. I just hope the event doesn’t lose its, I don’t know, “specialness” with having a half-dozen outdoor events every year (including the Kings/Ducks at Dodger Stadium coming up this season).

    That said, I’m all for a Flyers/Caps outdoor game.

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    • BenE. - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      The Winter Classic stopped being special a couple years ago. It’s just another regular season game now, along with the other 6 happening this year.

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  5. Hareade - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:40 PM

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  9. Jon - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Flyers and Caps would be a joke. Neither team is that good. Philly has already played in two, besides they have no real star power. The best option would be the Blackhawks playing in St. Louis….Hawks are the best team in the NHL and St. Louis may be #2. Also it’s a true rivalry. Or maybe the Hawks or Blues playing in either Minnesota or Colorado. The Caps/Flyers are both old news.

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    • Vahlris - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      ummm, Ducks are the best team in the NHL than the Penguins, and Eastern Teams will always get the nod over the western teams for Winter Classics, More fans=More Money

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  10. Winter Classic - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    I think the Capitals should host against a southern team. They play just as hard and will never get the opportunity to host a WC since they are in the south, HOWEVER, they should be allowed to be the road team in a WC. Either Sharks, Tampa, or Carolina should be playing the Caps in 2015. Lightning have a great rivalry with DC, and star players like Stamkos, St.Louis, and Drouin would be great. Why not?

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