"With our afternoon tilt (Friday) and going right to the airport, I'm sure that gear is a little wet and cold from the flight over here and there's no sense in getting the boys upset this early in the season; we have all season to get them mad at us. From that standpoint, we just felt it would be best getting them out, moving a little bit, experiencing a little bit of the city, and then we'll get back to business (Sunday)."
-- Ron Francis
"I know I'm up there with age, but I still have that dream where I want to go back and play if I could. I know I'm a little bit older, but if I could even get a tryout or something somewhere just to try to get out there one more time, that would be great for me."
-- Fred Brathwaite
"It's something that's a little bit different, but cool. It adds to the experience for our team, and so far it's been fun." -- Eric Staal
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After being through it and seeing the other [outdoor] games on TV, just the atmosphere is spectacular. To stand here -- and we are essentially almost on the blue line -- and look up [into the stands] and knowing it is going to be packed and playing our biggest rival in this setting is going to be pretty special.