March 21, 2008

UPDATED: MSG Winter Classic Rumor Dismissed by NY Daily News' John Dellapina

The following is from a Newsday story that's link has been taken down as of 8:30 p.m. ET Friday. I didn't catch this flipping through NHL Center Ice tonight during the Rangers-Flyers game:

Citing "as good a source as I can tell you," MSG Network's Al Trautwig reported on MSG's "Hockey Night Live" Friday that the Rangers and Islanders will indeed play an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 1

Take that for what's it worth. More on this story as it develops.

UPDATE: The NY Daily News' John Dellapina with the kibosh on the entire story:

"What happens when a game of telephone involves a television report that is then posted on a Web site? Nothing good.

Newsday briefly posted a note saying that Al Trautwig called Rangers-Islanders at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 1 “a done deal.”

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was as shocked by anyone by that news. In an e-mail he just told me: “At this point, we’re not even close to concluding arrangements on a game at Yankee Stadium. But it’s something we continue to be interested in.”

Trouble is: NBC has no interest in the Islanders or Devils being involved - even if that would be the best matchup for local fans.

At any rate, took it down. And Al told Islanders PR man Chris Botta that what he actually said was that a source told him that Rangers-Isles was still a possibility for an outdoor game at the Stadium next Jan. 1."

Ballhype: hype it up!

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