DETROIT — No Red Wing player would come out and say what everyone knows — that the Winter Classic is coming to Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2013 and it’ll be Detroit against the Toronto Maple Leafs — but a few of them hinted that they already knew including Nicklas Lidstrom.
“If it’s going to happen it’ll be very exciting,” Lidstrom said after the morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. “They haven’t announced anything yet, but if it happens it’ll be something exciting for the fans. And to have something in this area of this magnitude will be great for the fans.”
Perhaps an outdoor game would make Lidstrom come back for one more season?
“I don’t know if this one game will sway me to come back or not,” Lidstrom said. “I think it’s great for the fans, great for Detroit and great for the state of Michigan that they’re doing it.
“It’s Original Six, Toronto’s not too far and people can drive in,” Lidstrom added. “It’s close to Canada. It will be a great atmosphere. There are a lot of Red Wings fans and a lot of Toronto fans so if it happens it’ll be great.”