Look– the Nashville Predators jerseys are bad. Like…Sears Christmas Catalog looking bad. But, for me, it’s really the only one that stood out as truly awful in the new Adidas Adizero jersey reveal. The rest of the looks are pretty much the same, but the design of them brought about pretty big reactions. Of course, the Vegas Golden Knights finally getting an identity was a huge get, too.
There are some things I’m annoyed by already by Adidas, one of which is the designers calling them “tops” instead of jerseys. I know it’s just a lingo thing, but if we’re going to try to keep some tradition, let’s keep it at jerseys. Also, some teams stealing the NBA gimmick and putting the Stanley Cup years into the collar just doesn’t sit right– looking at you, New Jersey.
However, there were improvement to me. The Avalanche going back to their old design is a massive upgrade over the tripe they’ve had to deal with the past couple of years. Only when the third jerseys are back will they have a chance to ruin their identity again– but for now, they get a nice pass. The Hurricanes also reverting back to the old school and reintroducing the storm flags is a nice touch.
The biggest thing going in was the Vegas Golden Knights uniforms. Overall, they look like something the German National Team would wear. It’s a nice look, don’t get me wrong, but doesn’t scream Vegas to me. The white gloves with gold cuff and fingers does scream Vegas to me, which I’m glad they were brave enough to make that change and make white gloves not just for All-Star Games anymore.
Overall, the jerseys are kind of buy the book, with the exception of the Minnesota Wild hacking onto the Canadiens mid-stripe look. The biggest thing to overcome for me is going to be collar area, which everyone got a preview to in the World Cup of Hockey. I’m sure they’ll look better on the ice and grow on me as the Reebok Edge eventually did.
To the surprise of no one, Adidas is going to alter some jerseys next season for their first year as the official jersey supplier of the NHL. Adidas will take over for their sister company, Reebok, due to the restructuring they did with the NHL not too long ago.
But the report that over a dozen teams will be getting a change is really the sticking point, though Chris Creamer said that it could be as minor as the teams booting alternate jerseys to full-time status since the alternate jerseys are going the way of the dodo, again, for next season– though it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out for the outdoor games that will be going on.
The one shocking thing is that the Sabres are once again going to change their uniforms. According to NHLUniforms.com, since 2005-06, the Sabres have had nine jerseys, including the Buffaslug and Turdburger jerseys, but not counting the change from the old jerseys to the current Reebok edge. The Sabres have surpassed the Canucks in jersey changes in the shortest timespan.
But the only good thing is that if Adidas really wants to put their brand on something– the Sabres jerseys would be the best. Sure, everyone is going to be having some kind of “three-stripe” on their jersey– minimalist or otherwise– but the Sabres are prime candidates to be the poster child for Adidas. Look at the original jerseys for the Sabres– their socks alone had three stripes of three stripes. It’s stripe-ception for crying out loud.
Granted, the wouldn’t be able to put Jack Eichel away from Bauer, but the point is that the Sabres could be the NHL’s Oregon Ducks to Nike or Maryland Terrapins to Under Armour with the stripes they could have.
In any case, it’s much ado about nothing. A lot of the changes, I’m sure, will be minimal and the teams that need an overhaul will get it or they will just stick to some generic garbage that they have now.
My only request is that no more unnecessary piping. Enough. We get it, you can template a uniform. Be done with it.