The outdoors are great, but this should not become a regular NHL fixture

Updated: January 2, 2008, 10:58 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- No matter how much of this snowy, boisterous outdoor affair worked, no matter what great pictures the 2008 Winter Classic made and how much fun the sellout crowd of 71,217 had, the significant warts that appeared throughout the game should give the NHL serious pause before it journeys down this road again.

The question is whether a league that repeatedly has confused "cash grab" with "way of life" can restrain itself long enough to make the right decisions.

Restraint ...

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