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NHL notes: Flyers in talks for outdoor game

The Philadelphia Flyers were featured in outdoor NHL games at Fenway Park in 2010 and Citizens Bank...

The Philadelphia Flyers were featured in outdoor NHL games at Fenway Park in 2010 and Citizens Bank Park (above) in 2012. (TIM SHAFFER/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

The Philadelphia Flyers are in talks to play a regular-season outdoor game at the 107,000-seat Beaver Stadium, home of Penn State football.

Word is the Flyers are looking to arrange a meeting with cross-state rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“We have spoken to the Pens and the league about expressing our combined interest,” Flyers president Peter Luukko said. “Not sure if next year is a possibility. Penn State is very interested.”

The Flyers have already featured in two Winter Classics, hosting the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park in in 2012. The Flyers also met the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park in 2010.

The NHL has already scheduled six outdoor games for 2014. The Toronto Maple Leafs will meet the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day before additional outdoor games at Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium, Soldier Field and BC Place.

MCDONALD RETIRING

Former NHL all-star Andy McDonald is set to retire following 12 seasons between the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues.

The 35-year-old centre cited post-concussion issues in an interview with True Hockey as the reason for his decision.

“The last few years, too much of the focus became worrying about the next hit,” McDonald said. “I was always thinking about it.”

A Stanley Cup winner in 2007 with the Ducks, McDonald scored seven goals and added 14 assists in 37 games with the Blues this season.

For his career, the Strathroy, Ont., native has 489 points in 685 regular-season games.

“I’m fortunate to get out now,” he said. “I know I could play two or three more years and I love the game of hockey, but health-wise I know I shouldn’t be playing.”

BRIEFLY

New Jersey Devils forward Andrei Loktionov is staying with the club. General manager Lou Lamoriello told the Star-Leger on Thursday the 23-year-old is “not going to Russia” … The Vancouver Canucks will move their AHL affiliate to Utica, N.Y., according to Vancouver radio station News 1130, which reported Thursday that the league will vote in favour of the move next week … Unrestricted free agent Joey Crabb will not return to the Washington Capitals next season, his agent told the Washington Post.


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