So, NHL, when will the game finally come to Big Town? Probably not until 2014 at the earliest.
"I don't think we're looking at a Winter Classic next year in New York,'' John Collins, the NHL's chief operating officer, said Wednesday, standing on a stage on the "Saturday Night Live'' set during an event to promote this season's game between the Rangers and Flyers. "But at some point maybe the scheduling opportunity allows us to get in.''
The primary scheduling challenge is the late-December Pinstripe Bowl college football game, to which Yankee Stadium is committed at least through 2013.
The NHL needs time to set up and break down its rink, which would have been logistically impossible given this year's Pinstripe Bowl date of Dec. 30.
What about Queens? "We looked at Citi Field, spent a lot of time with Jeff [Wilpon],'' Collins said. "It's a beautiful ballpark.''
Still, it's not Yankee Stadium, which appears to be the preferred New York venue.
"We've got the Rangers , so it'll give us a couple of years to figure out how we make it happen,'' Collins said of staging a Classic in New York.
The Yankees' response at the time? Recalled Miller: "No way; we're not going to play hockey in Yankee Stadium. That's crazy.''