It is time for the third edition in my series of blogs about the new NHL jerseys. For those who still have not seen the all new jerseys:
For those who missed Parts 1 and 2:
Next up is the Atlanta Division.
New Jersey Devils:
Were changes made? It is sure hard to tell with the new Devils jerseys.. Only thing I notice was a slight change in the collar. One word that describes the Devils: consistent. Jersey is the same, so it gets the thumbs-up from me.
New York Islanders:
Unlike the Devils, the Islanders did make changes to their jerseys. Funny how the colours and logo stay the same but the jerseys look so different. Good news is that the home jerseys are no longer completely orange. Bad news is, the orange that is now there (on both the home and away jerseys) seems to explode off the jerseys onto your retinas (maybe because the blue is so dark?). Both jerseys have the same arms, orange separated by blue and white stripes. I think it would look better if the orange extended onto the shoulders, right now the orange looks it was placed on the arms randomly. What I really do not like is how the laces are blue on the away jerseys and orange on the home jerseys. What is wrong with good old white laces? Trying to be different I guess.. Overall, these jerseys are decent but nothing to write home about.
New York Rangers:
The Rangers got rid of the Statue of Liberty head logo and stuck with the classic, diagonal Rangers and blue/red/white colours. Nothing more to say as they seem identical to the old jerseys in my eyes. Overall, nice classic jerseys.
If you like calling Derian Hatcher a pylon when the Flyers wear their orange jersey, you are going to be disappointed. The torso of both the away and home jerseys is the same with the only real change happening in the arms. Around the elbow area, there is a wedge of white in the away jerseys, and orange in the home jerseys that is narrow at the elbow and widens at the inner elbow. Bit of a strange shape and looks a little odd. Should have stuck with the original design. Weird how that little change is so noticeable. Overall, they are still nice jerseys.
The Penguins jerseys stayed relatively similar to the old versions. They feature the same colours and logo (although, I prefer the old regal-looking penguin logo). I wished they had kept the diagonal stripes along the bottom of the jerseys. This would have made the jerseys more distinctive and have kept them from the slightly boring look that other jerseys have (i.e. Sens, Leafs). Overall, they are still nice looking jerseys.
Not a huge amount of change in the Atlantic division jerseys, with the Devils and Rangers staying virtually the same, and the Flyers and Penguins making only slight changes. The Islanders are the only team that made significant changes. My rankings: 1. Devils, 2. Rangers, 3. Penguins, 4. Flyers, 5. Islanders.
*Comments are welcome, once again!
P.S. FISHFAN, if you're reading this, you don't have to tell me you don't care what the jerseys look like. I heard you the first two times.