Thursday, August 16, 2007

Mailbag: Very Sharp Sabres, Oilers Concepts

Since I've started soliciting jersey concepts from readers, I've gotten a lot. Really. A lot. But sometimes I get designs that really stand out from the rest. Today, I'm sharing a couple of those.

Let's start with the Buffalo Sabres. Some fans were ecstatic over the idea of returning to the traditional blue and gold. They were then left horrified by the "Buffaslug" (I just love writing that). With all that in mind, one talented fan artist came up with an idea that works the past back into the present. Have a look for yourself.

I think it's really cool. The crest logo seems a little busy to me. I think the crossed sabres overlapping the blue circle would be fine. I'm not necessarily sure it needs the buffalo in it — especially with the buffalo logo on the shoulder. What do you think? Is it just because I'm not from Buffalo?

Then we also have a very interesting idea for the Edmonton Oilers. Check out Ryan Smyth in some orange.

Wow. That is orange. Very orange.

But after staring at it for a while, it's started to grow on me. What I really like are the silver accents, especially the silver circle around the Oilers logo crest. It's a very sharp color combination and it would certainly stand out on the ice.

Though just for the heck of it, I'd be curious to see what a blue jersey would look like in that same design.

What do you guys think? I'm sure our very talented artists would love your feedback, good or bad.

Stars, Bruins Concept Art

A while back I posted this idea for a redesigned Dallas Stars jersey. Well, another fan put a twist on that design by doing a little reworking of the current Stars logo.

The 3D effect in this version of the logo is pretty cool, though personally I'd prefer to see a complete overhaul of the Stars logo. Keep the colors but come up with a new symbol for the team.

I also have some Boston Bruins concept art to share. These sweaters were designed after the B's unveiled their new logo back in June.

Not too bad, but I'm a big fan of the Bruins' new Reebok uniforms. I can't see any reason to alter them. Classic. Regal. The same designer also came up with an alternate in yellow.

As usual, if you've got an opinion on any of these designs, feel free to post them in comments area.

Islanders Unveil New Uniforms!

Today, the New York Islanders made their new Rbk EDGE uniforms official. We got a first look from Newsday yesterday.

Here is Isles goalie Rick DiPietro donning the blue home threads for the cameras.

We've also got Brendan Witt posing in the jersey alongside a surf board. I'm not really sure what I should be looking at here. Jersey or surf board? That reminds me, did any of you watch "John From Cincinnati" on HBO this summer? I know it's not hockey related but the surf board reminded me. Weird show but it was awesome.

Anyway, moving right along here. If you needed a reminder of what the road jersey looks like. See left.

By the way, I'm adding these photos and more to the great big Rbk EDGE uniform photo gallery. If you've got any photos that I don't that warrant being in this gallery, feel free to send them along. The more the merrier, I always say.

Finally, huge thanks to all the people who sent in pictures and links to me. You guys are awesome and you're why this site works so well! Thank you!

Poll: Canadiens vs Islanders

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Place your vote and then feel free to leave a comment as to how you came to your decision. Tell all your friends to drop in and vote! The more voices heard, the more accurate the results!

Poll opening date
Aug 16 @ 4:38 AM
Poll closing date
Aug 23 @ 11:59 PM


Bolts Promo New Logo, Uniform

The Tampa Bay Lightning have officially announced on their web site they will be holding ICEfest on August 25 where they will unveil the new logo and uniforms.

I believe this is the first time the team has actually referenced a new logo — even though we've apparently already seen it. But not to worry, despite the fact that I now live 120 miles away from Tampa, I'll be there next Saturday to get video and pictures of my own to bring back and post right here. Can't wait!

Newsday Makes Isles Unis Official

I'm still trying to gather more information, but apparently, Newsday posted a photo yesterday of Rick DiPietro in the New York Islanders' new road jersey.

Even though it doesn't come from the team directly, it's safe to say we can confirm this as the real deal. I'm adding it to the sidebar, making the Isles the ninth team to show off their new duds. If you guys find anymore info or photos, please let me know.

Thanks to the guys that emailed me initially on this photo.

Oh, and yikes. What is going on there? The weird stripes around the shoulders... the sleeves in a different color. I'd definitely like to see some more angles of that jersey. Thoughts?