Earlier this week the San Jose Sharks unveiled their new jerseys, well, modified new jerseys. Gone are the waist stripes and aside from slight color adjustments and the lace up front, the Sharks have similar, yet new uniforms. The Dallas Stars unveiled their new logo and jerseys in the spring and the Carolina Hurricanes followed suit, albeit their new look is along the lines of San Jose did.
Do the Edmonton Oilers need new jerseys? Or how about some modifications like the Sharks did? It’s hard to argue that they do given they just went back to their old school, vintage look of the traditional blue, orange and white starting in 2010.
Of course alterations could be made to their current get up but the traditionalists would have a hard time accepting this given the history that their old color scheme brings forth.
The lace up front is a look that many clubs had adapted around the league and while it isn’t much in terms of change, it does bring forth a new, modern look to the sweater.
Following the Sharks train of thought by removing the waist band to make the jerseys lighter, this is something Edmonton could look at as well. Removing the shoulder bar is another option, but again, it’s been done in the past along with the orange line that went down the side of the uniform.
But wait a second, removing the shoulder bar has never been done with the traditional color scheme. Just a thought.
Of course the third jersey has been done and while some loved it, others hated the idea of the logo that showcased the entire history of this proud franchise. Not saying a third jersey needs to be added to the Oilers wardrobe, but some slight modifications to their current jerseys may have some appeal to fans.
Perhaps the biggest reason that teams make minor adjustments to their logos and jerseys is to capture the marketing advantages the new look brings. Fans will shell out their hard earned pay just to have the new team merchandise.
Our daily poll today asks if you think the Oilers need new jerseys. Take part and let the results speak for themselves.