Anyone ever dealt with the torture of owning new skates? I bought the first pair of skates in 15 years in January- my old Bauer Supreme skates were so comfortable, I had them since High School. I was always a really good skater before- but now with these new Bauers (and I also took two years off from playing), I took to the ice in rec league and could barely stand up- like staggering and falling all over the ice!!! What the %$@$%#$ is going on? Breaking in new skates is a hassle, but this bad? I even had them baked before I left the store!
I bought new skates recently, and they were driving me nuts. No matter what I did, they always felt too loose. After a few games, it occured to me that the laces that came with the skates were not waxed. I took the waxed laces from my old skates and put them on my new skates, and it made a world of difference! Ordered some new wax laces and skates have been fine ever since.
Mine hurt until I got them punched out up front, which is necessary because of my wide forefeet. I had trouble skating (turning, using edges) until I had them profiled to match my old skates. But I had been skating for ~ 5 years by then.
Aside from the actual fit of the boot (which could be corrected by baking, punching, etc.), you're probably dealing with a lot more steel underneath you if your old blades were worn down a lot. This can definitely throw you off. In addition, the guy at the store could have sharpened them differently than you're used to (different radius of hollow). Or maybe your old skates had a different profile/radius/rocker or a forward lean, etc. If you still have 'em, you could maybe take your old skates to a competent pro shop and ask them to replicate your old set-up on your new skates.