While the Sabres have already undergone several jersey changes since the lockout, I think most people would agree that our current jerseys at least need to be tweaked.
It's the grey trim. It's pointless and ruins what would otherwise be some of the best jerseys in the NHL.
Tampa Bay just unveiled new uniforms the very next season after Jeff Vinik bought the team. While there have been mixed reviews, the point is that they wanted to go in a different direction from the previous ownership group(s).
Now I doubt that Pegula would want to change the uniforms too drastically, but the ones that Buffalo used from their inaugural season to the mid 90s happen to be really good IMO (I know they made a bunch of tweaks during that time but it was still the same basic uniform).
^While they wore the originals as an alternate in 06-07 (well, sort of) and in the Winter Classic, the Golisano/Quinn ownership group, for whatever reason, never decided to just go back to them permanently.
It's a matter of preference whether you like one shade of blue or the other, but if Pegula went back to the original uniforms it would send a message that he'll make the moves that Golisano/Quinn were so reluctant to make. Maybe that's reading too much into it, haha.
Though I would understand if Sabres fans are "burnt out" from all the recent jersey changes.
Ideally, they should just go back to this and never change again. Use any and all future jersey change ideas as 3rds whenever they decide to tweak the design or present something entirely new, but this is perfect imo.
Hate the pit stains and the piping, but I'd hate to see another jersey change.
I do love the originals though, and if it weren't for all the recent jersey change ********, would otherwise love to see us go back to them. After that, I'd be happy to never see a jersey/logo change again.
As a season ticket holder - it would be cool if the Sabres did something like this:
As the Tampa Bay Lightning unveiled a new logo and vision for the future today as part of its brand and business transformation, the franchise also introduced a revolutionary new jersey concept for its season ticket holders, to debut for the 2011-12 National Hockey League season. All full season ticket holders for the upcoming season will receive a home game jersey with their respective season ticket commitments. The jersey will be reserved exclusively for full season ticket holders with its own distinctive identifying marks.
In addition to the sweater’s distinct look, a microchip will be inserted in the sleeve, thereby allowing season ticket holders to be identified at concession stands and merchandise shops throughout the St. Pete Times Forum. By scanning these embedded sleeves, fans will receive a 25% discount on all concessions in the arena and a 35% discount on all merchandise purchased at the Times Forum during Lightning games.