While listening to HTM on XM radio this morning on my way to work, Ron Rimmer made mention that people were complaining about the Winter Classic. Didn't hear why but it made me think. If this is going to be an every year event, what can be done to spice it up.
First thing I thought was make it an Original 6 matchup every year. We have Det v Chi this year so why not Rangers v Boston or Tor v Mon etc... Reason I say this is because they keep saying we must grow the game, so why not give a history lesson of the Original Franchises as a pre-game show. Show the old arenas they played at, show clips of the greats, interview alumni from both teams. I just think people would be interested to see the old Forum in Montreal, The Garden in Boston, Maple Leaf Garden et al.. with all their quirks and what made them special in their fans eyes.
Second, start the pregame show at 1pm est, with what was mentioned above and start the Game at 3pm est. esp if kept on New Years Day. That way all the partiers would be awake.
These are just some of my thoughts. What do you guys think?