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Jerseys that could use a makeover

Earlier this week, the great logo and jersey-obsessed blog Icethetics shared news that 11 teams could introduce new alternate or primary sweaters for the 2010-11season. Teams that might be making some changes are Anaheim, Buffalo, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Nashville, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. The post got me thinking: which teams’ jerseys need a makeover the most? Let’s take a look at some of the league’s more lackluster uniforms.

Vancouver Canucks

Tanner Glass, Sheldon Brookbank

Vancouver Canucks’ Tanner Glass, right, and Anaheim Ducks’ Sheldon Brookbank fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


I really dislike the huge “Vancouver” on the front of the jerseys and the whale logo never really worked for me either. I’d be really happy if the Canucks went back to their sharp Pavel Bure-era duds. Check out those beauties. That’s an Anna Kournikova-worhy sweater, folks.

Anaheim Ducks/Dallas Stars

Ducks Oilers Hockey

Anaheim Ducks goalie Curtis McElhinney deflects a shot from the Edmonton Oilers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, on Friday, March 26, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Ulan)


Brad Richards, Loui Eriksson, Nicklas Grossman

Dallas Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman (2), of Sweden, left winger Loui Eriksson (21), of Sweden, and center Brad Richards (91) celebrate a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Dallas. Stars won 5-4. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)


Both teams have inoffensive yet bland jersey designs. The Ducks’ “logo” seems more like a font than anything else. I know they want to distance themselves from the Mighty Ducks jokes, but a little personality would be nice.

For the Stars, I guess anything’s better than the “Mooterus” but their jerseys seem pretty non-committal too. Would it be too insulting to Minnesota fans to look into a design that mimics those old North Stars designs?

Atlanta Thrashers

Niclas Bergfors

Atlanta Thrashers right winger Niclas Bergfors, of Sweden, is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


My main beef is that the logo is lame. It’s a classic example of the trend of making emblems look quasi-futuristic and “tough.” I also don’t like the fact that the bird dwarfs the hockey stick. How large are Thrashers, really?

Buffalo Sabres

Jason Pominville

Buffalo Sabres right wing Jason Pominville (29) congratulates teammate center Jochen Hecht of Germany after Hecht’s goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Saturday, March 13, 2010 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Come on, everyone wants the sweet “Buffalo with two sabres” logo to come back. Stop teasing us by making that design their third jersey and get rid of the “Buffaslug” once and for all.