NHL notes: Winter Classic coming to Cowboys Stadium, Reaugh predicts

A general view of play during a Thanksgiving Day game between the Washington Redskins and the...

A general view of play during a Thanksgiving Day game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AFP)

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Dallas Stars colour commentator Daryl Reaugh is making predictions that have nothing to do with the Stars’ post-season chances.

“Mark my words today,” the former Edmonton Oilers netminder proclaimed to the Dallas Morning News. “There will be a (Winter Classic) at Cowboys Stadium.

“I would say in the next three years there will be a game at Cowboys Stadium.”

The NHL has already announced a 2014 outdoor game at Michigan Stadium between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 1.

Additionally, the league is said to be in the early stages of adding five more outdoor games next season, one of which could pit the Anaheim Ducks against the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium, according to ESPN.

“Five years ago, the technology on how they make ice wouldn’t have been good enough to have a game at Dodgers Stadium in the middle of a hockey season,” Reaugh said. “It’s not so much about temperature any more. It’s just about wet weather.”

But with Cowboys Stadium’s retractable roof, inclement weather won’t be a concern.

Standing room included, the NFL venue can hold more than 100,000 spectators, which could see it approach the record attendance number the Leafs-Wings game is expected to set next year.

HAPPY DOAN

Most wondered why Phoenix Coyotes winger Shane Doan didn’t use free agency to escape the desert ahead of this season.

Now, with his club’s playoff hopes dwindling by the day, the two-time NHL all-star insists the four-year, $21 million extension he signed a day before the lockout was the right decision.

“I’m where I’m supposed to be,” Doan told Fox Sports. “I wish we were in a different situation than we are, but I made my decision knowing full well that this was a possibility.”

With five games to go, the Coyotes are five games in back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Not only that, the Detroit Reds Wings and Dallas Stars are both three points up on the Coyotes and looking more likely to scrape into the post-season should the Jackets stumble.

“I’m a big boy,” Doan said of any potential regret. “There’s no reason to feel sorry for me.

In his 15th season in Phoenix, Doan insisted the ‘Yotes are moving in the right direction despite falling far short of what they accomplished last season.

“I feel responsible for this team and that is part of why I stayed, but I also feel like we’re going in the right direction,” Doan said. “I know this feels like a step backward from winning the division last year to scraping to get in, but I’m a big believer in the people in this locker room.”

BRIEFLY

The Calgary Flames announced Saturday they’ve signed veteran goalie Joey MacDonald to a one-year, one-way contract worth $925,000 after acquiring him in February off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings … Winnipeg Jets centre Olli Jokinen exited Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders with an undisclosed lower body injury after getting tied up and twisting awkwardly along the boards … After briefly squaring up with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarome Iginla Saturday afternoon, Bruins winger Nathan Horton left the game with an apparent wrist injury and didn’t return … Montreal Canadiens defenceman Raphael Diaz returned to the Habs’ lineup Saturday night against the Washington Capitals. Diaz has missed the last 25 games with a concussion.


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