1. New York: Yankee Stadium would be the best choice, but the venue is committed to the Pinstripe Bowl college football game for four years. This year's bowl is today, meaning there wouldn't be enough time to prepare ice for a New Year's Day hockey game. That would leave the New Meadowlands and Citi Field in play for a Winter Classic. Although it would seem like a New York Rangers-New Jersey Devils or Rangers-New York Islanders game would be a natural, that probably won't happen, because how would the league tell one of those three they couldn't be involved? The best guess for the first Winter Classic in New York would be the Rangers against the Philadelphia Flyers.
4. Philadelphia: A rabid fan base. National appeal. A big market. NBC would love to see the Rangers-Flyers on New Year's from Lincoln Financial Center.
...looks like Allen is a big fan of a Rangers/Flyers match-up as he mentions it twice in his article.
...man how bad would it suck if the Rangers finally get in a Winter Classic and it's in Philly?