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Report: Bruins-Habs at Gillette Stadium an option for next season

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Gillette Stadium hosts the Patriots in Foxboro. (Getty Images)
Gillette Stadium hosts the Patriots in Foxboro. (Getty Images)

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So who wants an outdoor game next season in the NHL? Apparently every team.

With a report last week that we should expect four more outdoor games next season, there has already been a host of potential hosts stepping forward. Right away Denver was seen as a favorite considering the Stadium Series sponsor Coors has asked the NHL for a game there. Then there are the Coyotes, who have pitched the NHL and have been vocal about wanting to try this in the desert.

Now we have another contender in Boston. The Winter Classic has already been held in Beantown, but that was at Fenway Park. This time we could be talking about the same region but a different location.

Now that sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? Gillette might not be anywhere near as iconic as Fenway or have the same kind of mystique but football stadiums are better suited to host hockey. Plus, the stadiums are bigger and the NHL won't complain about almost 70,000 fans coming to watch a game.

And make no mistake, about 70,000 people would come watch. You have one of the NHL's greatest rivalries go outdoors in a region that loves its hockey and you're talking about another hit for the NHL.

One thing to consider about this report is that the Bruins have been mentioned as a possibility to face the Capitals in the Winter Classic. It's highly unlikely that they would play in the Winter Classic and then host a Stadium Series game later in the season. If this is the case, you can probably pencil in the other rumored Winter Classic opponent, the Flyers, in to face the Capitals in the DC area.

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