Flyers trip to Beaver Stadium?

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman talks about the Stadium Series hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins to be held in March, during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The NHL will play six games outdoors in 2013-14, including one in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and the Winter Classic at the Big House in Michigan.

But what does that mean for the following season?

It seems as if a potential meeting between the Flyers and Penguins at the oft-rumored Beaver Stadium in State College isn’t happening anytime soon, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Flyers president Peter Luukko and Penguins CEO David Morehouse have spoken on numerous occasions about possibly playing a game at the neutral site of Penn State’s campus, as reported by the Daily News in 2008, but there doesn’t seem to be any progress.

“It’s always fun to come up with those scenarios in the league office or as a third party, but at the end of the day, it does require a club to give up a home game,” NHL chief operating officer John Collins told the Tribune-Review. “We haven’t broached that yet.”

If the subject hasn’t been broached, it’s possible the discussions hit a snag well further up the line.

Both the Flyers and Penguins have been frequent participants in the outdoor game. Pittsburgh will travel to Chicago on March 1, 2014 to meet the Blackhawks at Solider Field. The Penguins and Flyers have both played in and also hosted Winter Classics.

This season, there will also be two outdoor games at Yankee Stadium between the three New York-area teams and Vancouver will face Ottawa at Vancouver’s B.C. Place in the Canadian version Heritage Classic.

Even before the 2014 Stadium Series is wrapped up, the NHL will be seeking venues for the following season. The Flyers and Penguins could both be heading overseas. The NHL and NHLPA started negotiations with the IIHF in Portugal this week on how to grow the game internationally.

Part of that, aside from the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, will be the return of the NHL Premiere games in Europe to start the season. The new CBA between the NHL and NHLPA states that all 30 teams must participate in at least one Premiere game in Europe before the agreement expires in 2022.

The Flyers have never played a game in Europe in their 46-year history. The NHL Premiere series began in 2007 and continued through 2011.

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