I want to like this idea, I just can't. The only winter classic that felt truly special to me was the first one in Buffalo thanks obviously to the Pens playing but also due to the weather/atmosphere. The rest were okay but nothing great. The one in Pittsburgh was a disaster on all fronts.
i guess it is a supossed we're sorry by the league for the lockout - yeah right.
the outdoor game may look cool on tv, but its pretty much a joke of a game because of the ice conditions and not a good viewing experience attending live. if you actually want to see well played hockey and have a great viewing experience save your money and go to a playoff game.