Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/27/14 at 11:59 AM ET
from Pierre LeBurn of ESPN,
One of the concerns the NHL privately had about holding a record six outdoor games is just how stretched its staff would be, logistically, in trying to pull it all off, most notably with back-to-back games this weekend in Los Angeles and New York, which is similar to the final two outdoor games in Chicago and Vancouver in early March.
Brodeur blasted the ice conditions at Yankee Stadium, a game in which he got pulled after 40 minutes, having allowed six goals. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault also said he was surprised how poor the ice was, so the complaints weren't just from the losing side.
These are the first of the NHL's outdoor games I've watched from home, and I got the fan perspective. Dodger Stadium looked out of this world, as unique a setting as the league has had, but the league wants to decide going forward just how much is too much in terms of taxing its staff, which no doubt worked around the clock over the past week to pull off the double-dip in L.A. and New York.
more notes from Burnside and Strang on the Rangers/Evils and Custance on the Panthers...
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