Friday, October 12, 2007

Rbk EDGE Review: Sabres

Part 19 of 30. All 30 NHL clubs have unveiled new jerseys under the new Rbk EDGE Uniform System for the 2007-08 season. Here at the NHLToL, we're going to review every one of them. Read up and then rate the new sweaters. We'll do a full ranking after completing all of the reviews.

Rbk EDGE Uniform System

Buffalo Sabres


New Uniforms

Old Uniforms

The Unveiling
Saturday, September 15. The Sabres didn't hold an unveiling event for their uniforms as the design wasn't changed from the previous version. But they went on sale to the public in the HSBC Arena in Buffalo on this date.

Home vs. Road
Home: Blue. Road: White. The two sweaters are essentially mirror images of each other aside from the sleeves and feature secondary logo patches on the shoulders.

The blue home jerseys feature a very unique striping pattern. A twisted silver stripe rides up the sides and around the shoulders beneath the logo patch. White, horn-shaped stripes wrap over the elbows and yellow paneling wraps under the arm down the cuff. The collar is silver with yellow trim and the primary logo serves as the crest.

The white road jerseys feature a very unique striping pattern. A twisted silver stripe rides up the sides and around the shoulders beneath the logo patch. Beneath the stripe on the arms, the sleeves are blue. White, horn-shaped stripes wrap over the elbows and yellow paneling wraps under the arm down the cuff. The collar is silver with yellow trim and the primary logo serves as the crest.

In The Details
The blue stroke around the logo on the white sweater is much thicker than on the blue one. Also the colors are swapped on the shoulder patches. The blue jersey features a yellow "B" while the white jersey features a blue one. The same numbering and lettering style has been retained.

New & Old
The new sweaters are primarily the same as the old as they were apparently designed last year with the new Rbk EDGE style in mind. The only difference would be the slight alteration to the stroke on the road jersey logo and the league-wide addition of the NHL shield to the collar.

Standard FAQ
Numbers on the front? Yes.
Laces at the collar? No.

NHLToL Editorial by Chris
Since I'm neither a product of the 1970s nor a fan of the Sabres, I never really liked their original logo that much. However, while I respected their choice to honor tradition and return to those colors last year, I was disappointed. Being a huge proponent of the red and black years, I often hoped to see them one day go with the red third jersey full time as that one actually had — of all things — sabres on it. The team is from Buffalo, not called the buffaloes, so let that be indicated in a secondary manner. I liked everything about those red jerseys and while saying so might put me in the minority, that's how I feel. The "slug" was not the right move. And while they may not agree with my particular opinion, just ask any Buffalo fan and they'll tell you so. This is pretty bad. 2/5



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14 comments:

Drew Celestino said...

I'm not a product of the 70s either Chris, but I still love our original logo. You know that.

But these new ones are all Reebok. Trust me. Logo, striping, everything. Reebok.

And they suck. Horribly.

sjsharks112 said...

I like these jerseys. I like the colour combination and i think there are logos far worse than the sabers logo (Blackhawks, Red Wings, Canucks)


Do the Sharks!!!

Drew Celestino said...

The colors are fine. We all love the blue and gold, and welcomed it back whole-heartedly.

It's the striping and logo that are absolutely abysmal. What a disaster.

Keep in mind we were Reebok's guinea pig for the Edge designs. It shows. No matter how bad you think your team got hosed with the new Edge designs, look no further than the prototypes right here to feel some relief. My Sabres look ridiculous.

ricky said...

oh my god, let it go. im from buffalo to, big sabres fan. the new logo is fine, the striping is fine. logos are logs, some are good some are bad. no matter how much you complain its not going to be changed. and for one im sick of hearing people complaining about it.

Feeling said...

I actually like these unis. The colors are cool, the logo is interesting and simple (despite it looking like a buffaslug), and the overall look is very unique as far as jerseys go. And I'm a Flyers fan!

Drew Celestino said...

Ricky, you have the right to your opinion, and we have the right to ours.

But you're right, they won't change it. They didn't design it to begin with, so it's not surprising they won't change it. Reebok wouldn't allow it.

ricky said...

drew, good point. and i agree with that statement about reebok.

awildermode said...

pretty much everyone agrees that the logo is crap. the jersey itself is not that bad. the colour pattern and cuts look good and better that most jerseys. that logo, on any jersey just ruins it.

Michaela said...

love the colors, hate everything else XD

-canes fan.

hncreature said...

I'm glad they went back to the blue and yellow but the Buffaslug could be one of the worst logos ever

Charlie said...

I realize it will be a long haul but I don't want people to forget that RBK popped their cherry with the Sabres and Ducks redesign and sent this whole uniform system debacle into motion.

We have the Rochester Amerks team president quoting that RBK wished to phase out horizontal stripes and most of the aesthetics except the logo was NOT done by the suggestion of the team.

jemhuff said...

I like the blue/gold scheme too, but I definitely don't like the addition of all that silver. Unnecessary in my opinion.

zdaddy said...

Not a review but a simple comment...Everyone hates the slug,there are petitions to get rid of it, there are websites to get rid of it,and even on the sabres own message board, people want to get rid of it..So why oh why then if Buffalo had a chance to change it this year, why did they CHOOSE TO KEEP IT!?!?!

Christopher said...

Maybe they should just rename their team to "the buffalos" then when someone who doesn't know where they are from, they're the Buffalos from Buffalo? Never understood why they named the team after a sword.