Washington is getting a game cause of Ovechkin. The Winter Classic formula is pretty simple. You must have one of the following two variables to get a game.
1) Big market (= big $$$ and ratings)
2) At least one stud player (ie Crosby, Ovechkin, Kane, Toews)
Respectfully the Blues don't have either. That's not a slam on your players but you guys don't have a marketable stud that the league currently can market around. And being in a smaller market hurts your chance. But I do agree that a St. Louis / Hawks game would be pretty cool. You guys aren't a Minnesota / Nashville / Columbus in terms of market so I think it will happen at some point for Blues fans.
I get all of this. The problem is that the NHL keeps recycling the same 5-6 teams. It's annoying. The Winter Classic was awesome. I probably will not even tune into this one, you know why? I've seen each of these teams in an outdoor game at least once or twice. The NHL is saying to the rest of their fan base, 'You are not good enough. But hey, enjoy these same teams again!'
The entire Western Conference is ignored in all of this, aside from Chicago, because blah. Why hasn't LA hosted a Winter Classic? 2 time Stanley Cup Champs. Kopitar, Doughty, Quick? They fit your criteria to a T.
And it's ridiculous that Minnesota has yet to host one. That's the state of hockey ((Frank) Detroit and their 'Hockeytown' with empty seats). Maybe they'll get one once the new football stadium is done up there, I don't know. But my point is, the NHL has ignored 95% of the league. Every year, fans out side of the precious 6 that keep getting named hope that just ONE new team is added to the rotation. And every year, the NHL is like, 'Nope, we're good. We're just going to be like the NBA and shove the same handful of stars and teams down your throat instead of cultivating new personalities and exposing all of our teams to the masses.'
*steps off soap box*
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