This whole "performance" thing is bunk. You're already wearing several pounds worth of protective gear. I highly, highly, highly doubt that the minimal amount of weight added by something like waist striping actually makes a tangible difference.
You should remove the question mark in the title. I ignored this thread because I thought it was just discussion about whether there should be new jerseys. I didn't realize till now that there ARE actually new jerseys.
The new jerseys suck. The changes just keep getting worse and worse.
The white ones are definitely better than the teal ones, but I'm really disapointed that they didn't remove the front numbers (but these #'s are much cleaner). Like mentioned before, where does a "C" or "A" put a Stanley Cup patch? What if they had made the Finals last year? Would the GGM patch have been removed? I'm indifferent on losing the waist piping, but also think losing that makes the elbow piping look out of place (or that piping is just off to me, period).
Overall, I think it's an improvement over the old ones, but I'm not in love with them.
It looks to me like they tried to please everybody. I am so happy they kept at least a little bit of orange. I love the color scheme. Burnt orange sun over the pacific teal ocean people! How can you not appreciate that!?
I know this is off topic, but the Miami Dolphins got new uniforms too with the same color schemes. I love them too. I love our colors!
Don't know if this has been mentioned but here is some of what Icethetics said about it.
Before we get into the details of the newly unveiled SAN JOSE SHARKS primary uniforms, it might help to ask why they redesigned them in the first place. After all, they just redesigned their entire identity — logos and jerseys — in 2007. Why do it again after just six years?
Performance, in a word. According to the Sharks, the players love the lightweight third jersey. Why do you think they wear black every year come playoff time? So the main idea behind revamping the primary jerseys was to drop weight.
Sure, we can ask whether a few ounces here or there really makes any kind of difference. But then we've never played hockey at the NHL level, so what would we really know about that?
I am still perplexed by anyone liking the last incarnations, let alone viewing this as a step down. There is less orange and more teal, which is a win in itself. The front numbers don't even look as terrible when they are not crammed up against the black yokes. Lack of a black collar on the home jersey stands out more than anything, though.
I like them but the home one kinda looks like its missing something but I still like it. I think they should have done something more with the collar on the home one maybe make it white or black? Also they would look a bit better with a stripe at the bottom but these remind me of the previous Leafs jerseys that didn't have the stripe on the bottom. I think they'll grow more on everyone once we see them in action. I like them though.
That is a great idea. This is why we brainstorm. Every fan should have a say in how OUR team looks. It is fundamental in dictating what we wish to portray upon the league and the world, as a team and a brand.
The white sweaters are a big improvement; I'll consider picking one up on sale. The teasers got me excited, but like most folks I'm underwhelmed with the teal sweater. I like the new lettering, but it just seems so bland now.