The 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park has been as obvious as the nose on Rod Brind'Amour's face for the last few months, but the NHL has smartly allowed the constant media leaks and fantasy matchups to play out, keeping the Classic in the conversation without an official confirmation.
Just like with the 2009 Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the League appears ready to make things official in mid-July: There's "a major announcement concerning a special event" scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 at 2 p.m. EST at Fenway, one that will be simulcast on NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com.
The League is mum about the nature of the announcement, leading us to speculate that:
A. The Coyotes have been sold to Jim Koch of Sam Adams and will play all their home games at Fenway as the Boston Old Fezziwigs.
B. By holding all of their press conferences in Boston sporting arenas and stadia, the NHL hopes to attract bandwagon fans through osmosis.
C. The Winter Classic will be at Fenway next year.
Of course, there's a part of us that hopes the NHL is calling the press conference at Fenway to announce the Islanders and Rangers at Yankee Stadium, followed by the sad trombone over the loud speakers.
So are the Philadelphia Flyers still locked in for the next Classic against the Boston Bruins, as was reported most recently? Because the notion of Chara and Pronger trying to bounce guys off the Green Monster is pretty intriguing.