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Montreal Canadiens-Washington Capitals at the Big Owe?

Kevin van SteendelaarAnalyst IJuly 14, 2009
Above is Montreal's Olympic Stadium with its permanent roof. The retractable one failed.

The Globe and Mail reports that the Montreal Canadiens will play host to the Washington Capitals at Olympic Stadium. The 2009-10 NHL schedule doesn't officially come out until tomorrow.

You've got to wonder if this is such a good idea. Ovechkin vs. hockey's greatest franchise during their centennial is a financial jackpot for the league, but the crowd in the Bell Centre is loud enough. Does one honestly think that the financial and structural disaster from the 1976 Olympics is a safe bet to house 50,000 screaming hockey fans?

I recalled the chunk of concrete breaking off in '94 and the fire in the tower during a Montreal Expos game in '86, but Robert Lefebvre from Habs Eyes on the Prize dug up a list of several other structural problems and incidents that the stadium has faced since its first use.

Now, if a piece of concrete took out NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, many fans would see it as the greatest day in NHL history.

Personally, seeing Youppi under a steel beam wouldn't be so bad for me. I never liked that little orange fuzzbNoceall, even with the Expos.

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