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I'll make the following bet with anyone. Ready? An Avs-Red Wings Rocky Mountain Classic would draw the highest national ratings of any NHL outdoor game of them all. Not only would the alumni game be a blockbuster, but the real game between the new, on-the-rise Avs — coached by Roy — against Detroit would be appointment viewing for hockey fans worldwide.

-Adrian Dater of The Denver Post.  Read more on why Dater feels Denver is the perfect spot for an outdoor game.

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I actually agree with Dater. I would love a chance to scream at Claude Lemieux one more time in a (Alumni) game.

Posted by lancer on 11/14/13 at 02:48 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Except that Denver fans still don’t seem to know about their team…

Posted by TreKronor on 11/14/13 at 02:49 PM ET

Paul's avatar

TK, that could be a major issue, only 21st in attendance this year.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/14/13 at 02:53 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Dater greatly overestimates the level of interest that anyone, especially Wings fans, have in anything involving the Dive. That “rivalry” died about the time Forsberg and Sakic retired.

TK, that could be a major issue, only 21st in attendance this year.

And, apparently, even their own fans aren’t interested in them – although I bet a bunch of locals would show up to root for the Wings. smile

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/14/13 at 02:58 PM ET

Primis's avatar

There is no rivalry and hasn’t been in a decade.

It exists still in Dater’s mind because he has nothing else to grasp on to.

Posted by Primis on 11/14/13 at 03:13 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Even so, the Wings wouldn’t get in to another Winter Classic for what… 4-5 years? Roy could possibly be looking for another job by then.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 11/14/13 at 04:39 PM ET

igrover's avatar

Well if they want it they better make sure to schedule it nowhere near a Broncos game because this town ignores anything but the Broncos until the end of football season.

Posted by igrover on 11/14/13 at 05:08 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Shut up, Dater.  Just STFU.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 11/14/13 at 07:04 PM ET

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