The National Hockey League finally officially announced this afternoon, that the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers will face off in the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizen's Bank Park on January 2 at 1:00 p.m. The announcement of the game or the continuing of the relationship with HBO’s 24/7 were not surprises.
The cordial nature of the festivities was too much to be believable given the rivalry between the two cities and their sports franchises. To spice things up Rangers GM Glen Sather threw some fuel on the fire to get under the skin of the Philadelphia Flyers' fans who were in attendance. He certainly managed to do that and get a rise out of Flyers owner Ed Snider along the way when he guaranteed not only a Rangers win in the game, but that the Rangers would have the Stanley Cup and Yankees the World Series title.
“"We are going to come to Philadelphia and we are going to win.""At the end of the year, we are going to be carrying the Cup. Just like the Yankees are going to win the World Series."
That Glen Sather could have that kind of personality is not unknown, but he has hidden it during his time in New York. Maybe Sather is going to bring some of it back this year because he finally has confidence that the product on the ice can back up the talk he is putting out there. Sather has laid out the expectations for the hockey club and now it is up to the Rangers team to have his back.