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Report: Wild want ‘Hawks as outdoor game opponent, NHL ‘pushing’ Dallas

May 6, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

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It seems like a forgone conclusion that Minnesota will be getting an outdoor game in the not-too-distant future — Winter Classic or Stadium Series remains to be seen — but there is some discrepancy about who the Wild would be hosting.

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:

The Wild continues its quest to host a Winter Classic. But there are plans to bring a stadium-series game to Minnesota as soon as next season.

The Wild wants the opponent to be the Blackhawks, but the NHL is pushing the Dallas Stars as the opponent. If the game happens, it looks as if it will be played at Target Field.

The Dallas connection certainly gives the game a “hook” with the history between the two organizations. The North Stars left Minnesota in 1993 when then-owner Norm Green controversially relocated the team to Dallas, and it would be seven seasons before NHL hockey returned in 2000, with the expansion Wild.

That inaugural season, the Wild scored one of the most memorable wins in franchise history by waxing Dallas 6-0 in the Stars’ return to Minnesota.

From an alumni perspective, the Minnesota-Dallas matchup would wield plenty of storylines, and would give fans a chance to celebrate all the great North Stars — Neal Broten, Brian Bellows, Dino Ciccarelli, Bobby Smith, Cesare Maniago — all the great Dallas Stars (Sergei Zubov, Derian Hatcher, Ed Belfour) and honor the figures that contributed to both organizations, like Mike Modano and Bob Gainey.

  1. canucks30 - May 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Dallas makes more sense (former North Stars).

    Also, the Blackhawks have already been in two outdoor games so a little variety would be nice.

  2. csilojohnson - May 6, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Well just make sure you bring cash if you decide to attend.
    If Target still has the naming rights next year. Or even exists for that matter.

  3. bensawesomeness - May 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Been calling for the Dallas- Minnesota matchup since the beginning of the Classic. It’s a game i’d like to see, and they’re finally good enough to make it a worthwhile watch

  4. hawksnation91 - May 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Weird that the NHL would be pushing Dallas. It makes more sense for a Stars vs. Wild outdoor game, but I could see the NHL pulling in greater profits with the Wild hosting the Hawks.

    • bethgoesglobal - May 6, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      I think that the NHL would get pretty similar profits from a Wild/Stars as they would with the Hawks. Minnesota fans have been wanting to host the Winter Classic since it started; no matter who they play the game will sellout pretty quickly. After all, it is the “State of Hockey” and I think they’ll be willing to pay the high prices just to be at the game.
      Mostly I just hope they get the Winter Classic because I’m not a fan of the Stadium series; they just seem like games that are purely geared toward making money.

  5. hockeyfan11 - May 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Id like to see Minnesota and Columbus, both teams founded in 2000, i think it would be fun

  6. credible316 - May 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    If Dallas comes to town wearing the old “N” jerseys, they may not make it out alive.

    I get that you can get more seats sold in a baseball stadium but it looks horrible.
    Football stadiums are the only way to go.

    • strictlythedanks - May 6, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      target field actually doesn’t have that many seats like 39,000 I believe. It would be an awesome place for a game though, but I hope they add up close bleachers so people aren’t so far away. Either way, I’d rather have it at target field then at the gophers tcf stadium.

      • credible316 - May 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        I don’t know man, I think the Bank would be perfect. It already holds 50,000 and now more since the Vikings are putting more seats in.

  7. bwayblueshirt - May 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    After the playoff storylines, I think it would be a really smart move to have Colombus host an outdoor game against the Pens.

  8. echech88 - May 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Since this is for TV and ratings matter, isn’t Chicago a no-brainer over Dallas?

  9. mnwildfan15 - May 6, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    NORM GREEN STILL SUCKS!!!!

    • ffrey3660 - May 6, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Never trust a person with a color for a name. (Denie Green, Red Macomb’s, Sh!* head Norm Green.)

      • strictlythedanks - May 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        walter white

  10. unfortunateminnesotasportsfan - May 6, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Norm green is the epitome of douchebag owners.. I had finally forgot about him, only took me 21 years. Thanks again for the reminder. Lol. GO WILD!

  11. justintimezone - May 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    The rivalry between the Wild and Blackhawks will never be what it was between the North Stars and Blackhawks, unless Stu Grimson comes back.

    • bethgoesglobal - May 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      That’s ridiculous! Rivalries are generally created from proximity and playoff match-ups, and with the Wild facing the Hawk’s for the 2nd year in a row I’d say this rivalry is well on it’s way. I also think that as the Wild get stronger and more competitive against the Hawks the animosity between the two will rise.

  12. earpaniac - May 6, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I’m not a Stars/Wild fan, and I still can’t believe they moved. I’ve never had a team I follow do that, but that has just got to suck!!

  13. dagrit5 - May 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    As a Hawks fan I’d rather see Min vs Dal. Lets spread the love a bit.

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