Thursday, September 25, 2008


Well folks, get ready to come back down to earth. The word is that all teams introducing third jerseys will have their third jersey logos at center ice throughout the preseason as per order of NHL/Reebok in an effort to sell the new jerseys.

Come regular season, it's back to ol' Slugaroo.

I'll post more information, or official confirmation as soon as I get it. Maybe it's not true. Maybe the Sabres will stick with it longer than the preseason. Who knows.

But god dammit is this an infuriating low after yesterday's dizzying high.

Some words of wisdom to the NHL, Reebok, and Mr. Quinn - no one likes a cock tease.


UPDATE: Here is where the information came from. I've scoured WGRZ's website for an official post from Adam Benigini, but no luck. Take it for what it's worth.

WGRZ Sports Adam Benigini,

The Buffalo Sabres had the 3rd logo down painted on the HSBC Arena ice and Mike Gilbert tells us that every team that owns a third jersey is going to have their alternate logo painted at center ice just for preseason, Carolina has the 3rd jersey logo painted at center on their home ice the hurricane warning flag with a triangle. When the regular season comes it will be back to the real logo.

Shame on him for calling the slug "the real logo."


dave in Rocha said...

"The word is that..."

Where are you hearing this? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere else...

Chappy said...

Just keep the damn centre ice logo retro.



carpandean said...

As someone at SabreSpace pointed out, how can all teams with third jerseys have those logos painted during preseason if only a small handful of those teams will have released their third jerseys before the end of preseason?

Drew Celestino said...

It's certainly a gap in the logic carpandean. I'm just passing along what I've heard.

I hope it's not true. I hope the classic logo stays at center ice all year. I guess we'll see.

carpandean said...

I hope it stays, but even if it doesn't this year, next year is their 40th. What better time would there be to make a full switch to an updated classic logo/jersey? They could tease us this year by using it as a third and then make the full switch as part of the anniversary celebration.

Drew Celestino said...

Definitely something Charlie and I have been talking about. The 40th anniversary would be the perfect time.

Ksy92003 said...

There's no way this is true, at least not for all NHL teams. Most of the teams aren't even debuting their new jersey/logo until November. Why would all 18 teams do it then?

Additionally, the Kings have their normal crown logo at center ice, or at least they did on Monday.

Drew Celestino said...

I certainly hope you're right man.

John said...

way to piss in my cheerios -- thanks.

still, i can't imagine they would go through all that trouble to paint center ice, lay down the sheet, then melt it and repaint it.

seems like an awful lot of trouble for really no gain.

Jim said...

I was at the game saturday and I loved seeing the classic logo at center ice. I wish that they would go back to it, but we're stuck with the slug and larry quinn's philosophy if it make sense don't do it. If it doesn't make sense do it. In other words it makes sense to bring back the classic logo which represents the city (the buffalo)and the team (crossed sabres)which he isn't doing. It doesn't make sense to keep the slug( that doesn't represent anything)which he is doing.

Drew Celestino said...

I'm glad to see more people posting here. Stick around, post more, have some fun!

There's been some really valid reasons why the preseason only story seems bogus. Add to that the fact that I could not find an official report on this anywhere. Just that one post I linked in this post.

So, here's hoping guys. Guess we'll know for sure on opening night.

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