According to an NHL source, the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings will participate in the league's second outdoor Winter Classic on New Year's Day.

The game will take place at Wrigley Field. An announcement is expected next week before the inaugural "Blackhawks Convention" at the Chicago Hilton.

Last New Year's Day, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout in front of an NHL-record crowd of 71,217 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

• The Wild made two minor league signings Sunday.

Goalie Barry Brust was signed to a two-year deal, and right winger Jesse Schultz, a first cousin of Wild defenseman Nick Schultz, was signed to a one-year deal.

Brust, 24, went 24-16-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average last season for the Houston Aeros.

Schultz, 25, scored 26 goals and 66 points for the Chicago Wolves last season.

MICHAEL RUSSO