FLYERS TO INVADE FENWAY
I made a couple phone calls and exchanged a couple emails and I can now confirm that speculation is true.
The Flyers will square off with the Bruins on January 1, 2010 at Fenway Park.
It's an interesting story how it came to be that the Flyers were picked for this event.
The NHL was pushing the Washington Capitals. They wanted to market Alex Ovechkin.
NBC, the network broadcasting the game, said no dice.
They were concerned with the poor ratings the Caps' produced in the playoffs in an opening round series against the New York Rangers - the No. 1 U.S. market for the NHL.
So, they told the NHL to skip Washington and give them the Flyers... a more certain brand to market.
The NHL was stubborn for a while... mostly because the Flyers were more interested in a Jan. 1 date with Pittsburgh than Boston.
However, the NHL assured the Flyers that a future Flyers-Penguins outdoor game could still happen in a couple years.
The Flyers were satisfied and agreed to play.
The NHL then confirmed for NBC that the Flyers would in fact play.
No official announcement has come from the league or the Flyers, but sources have confirmed to me that this is the case.
Look for more in tomorrow's Daily Times.