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by Paul on 01/01/10 at 12:35 PM ET
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
The Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals were a finalist for this year’s game, but concerns from NBC about Washington’s television ratings and countless other scheduling complications derailed those plans.
Boudreau and the Capitals might not have to wait much longer, though. A league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Thursday that Washington is the NHL’s strongest candidate to participate in the fourth annual game next New Year’s Day.
“The league will be looking to work around the Capitals to get them into this game,” said the source, who requested anonymity because league executives have not yet begun formal discussions for the 2011 Winter Classic.
Those talks will begin in earnest after the Olympic break in February, but the Capitals have plenty of reason to feel confident about their chances.
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