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In a photo provided by National Hockey League Images and taken with a fisheye lens, a record crowd watches the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs play in the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/NHLI, Noah Graham)

Report: NHL, Nationals in discussion on Winter Classic venue


News of the Washington Capitals hosting the 2015 Winter Classic broke almost a year ago in September 2013, but as of this writing, there’s still no decision on a venue.

The Capitals and Blackhawks are scheduled to play outdoors in Washington on New Years Day.

According to a story in the Washington Post, there are still on-going discussions regarding a venue for the game.

NHL officials visited Nationals Park home to the Washington Nationals, RFK Stadium where the MLS’ D.C. United play home games and FedEx Field home of the Washington Redskins.

The report says FedEx Field has already been ruled out due to a Dec. 28 football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Redskins. According to the Post, there wouldn’t be enough time following the football game for an outdoor rink to be assembled for a 1 p.m. puck drop on Jan. 1.

Events DC CEO Greg O’Dell confirmed that the NHL is currently in discussions with the Nationals to host the Winter Classic at the ball park.

“I have not been told definitively by anybody that they have ceased discussions,” he said.

The January game will be the second one outdoors for the Capitals while the Blackhawks played in the 2009 Winter Classic and played against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Stadium Series game last season.

Related: Blackhawks talk up 2015 Winter Classic


Chris Carpenter is also good at hockey

2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

You know those guys that are naturally good at sports? They’re just like me and you…except they’re tall, in shape, super coordinated and rarely trip while walking.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter is one of those guys. At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, he’s blessed with the type of physique and natural athletic ability to make it far in baseball, which he has.

And he might’ve made it far in hockey as well.

Carpenter skated with the St. Louis Blues this afternoon, just six days after being the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.

According to NHL.com, Carpenter has a pretty rich hockey history:

When he was 16, Carpenter was an all-state defenseman for Trinity High School in Manchester, N.H. He was an all-stater his last three seasons in high school, and scouts from the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins were checking to see if he had an interest in pursuing hockey on a full-time basis.

Carpenter chose baseball instead.

“It was always a dream to do that (play hockey), but I think I chose the right route,” said Carpenter, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 15 pick in 1993. “Hockey made you much tougher, I know that. Growing up playing hockey made me much tougher than baseball would have. It’s a tougher sport, funner sport. I enjoy it a lot.”

The Blues certainly enjoyed having Carpenter at practice. Injured forward David Perron was tweeting up a storm, informing followers that Carpenter was “snapping pucks around” and that “his baseball skills came out when he batted one out of the air in the net.”

Here’s video of Carpenter during today’s skate:

So yeah, Chris Carpenter is pretty good at baseball and hockey. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled not being good at any sports.

Tony La Russa will drop the puck at “Cardinals Night with the Blues”

File image of St. Louis Cardinals manager La Russa reacts after his team defeated the Texas Rangers to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

On Friday, the St. Louis Blues will host the Vancouver Canucks at the Scottrade Center in what’s being called “Cardinals Night with the Blues.

In case the name didn’t give it away, “Cardinals Night with the Blues” is a chance for St. Louis fans to celebrate the local baseball team, which recently won a big match or something. (*Jokes*)

There are several initiatives planned for the game, including:

— Mezzanine Level tickets for $11.11. This is in honor of the Cardinals winning their 11th World Championship in 2011. Imagine if the Phoenix Coyotes had tried this when the Arizona Diamondbacks won their first World Series in 2001.

— The chance to honor Game 7 winner Chris Carpenter’s No. 29 jersey with a Plaza Level ticket for just $29. So, who’s gonna be the cheapskate that shows up in a No. 3 Ryan Theriot jersey, claiming it’s to honor his 0-for-5 effort in the finale?

— Fans wearing Cardinals gear at the game can visit concession stands for buy one, get one free hot dogs. I can just see the potential confusion here. “Sir, that’s an Arizona Cardinals jersey.” “Sir, that’s a Louisville Cardinals jersey.” “Sir, that’s an actual cardinal. We’re calling animal control.”

— Recently-retired manager Tony La Russa will be in attendance to drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. The Blues website says that other “Cardinals guests” will also be in attendance — wonder if one of them will be World Series MVP David Freese who, according to CBC’s Gord Stellick, is a big hockey fan that grew up idolizing former Blues defenseman Al MacInnis. (MacInnis is now a member of the Blues’ front office.)