Dallas Stars Daily Links: Third Jersey Thoughts
It's a beautiful sweater, so let's make another one. What should the third jersey be? Also, 3 on 3 OT might kill the shootout, and let's remember what it's like to be stripped of a captaincy.
While the aesthetics of the game that the players care about usually start and end with the number on the scoreboard, there's no denying that the sight of victory green is a big improvement over the 1940s television color palatte the Stars sported for five years.
We're impatient, though, so it's time to start speculating on what a third jersey might look like. Many people have speculated that black could see a comeback in some fashion, and of course we all heard about the near-miss of red, white and blue. (Thanks again, Mike.)
Looking at the jerseys though, I think there's a lot to like that's already there. You have that secondary logo currently on the pants, you have a nice, traditional circular patch on the shoulders, and you have silver, an underutilized color if ever there were one.
While spending more time than I meant to at Icethetics yesterday, I saw this concept from last year, and that black sweater really seems like it has potential. Perhaps throw another horizontal stripe behind it a la Montreal just to alleviate the overwhelming lack of color, and suddenly you've got yourself a nice looking sweater.
Frankly though, I'd still like to see green be the base color before putting anything else on top of it. It's too pleasant and too unique of a color not to use it every chance you get. So let's just go nuts and throw green on top of a slightly different green with black racing stripes and that Texas logo all over the place.
Mike Heika also reiterated yesterday that having mostly darker third jerseys is one of the main reasons the league has continued to keep the road teams wearing their whites, which is a scourge in and of itself.
The biggest problem is the logistics of having third jerseys. Everyone wants one, and almost all of them are dark colors. Now, if you want to wear your third jersey at home, the visitors don't have to change a thing and everything is easy. In the past, when you wanted to wear your dark third jersey instead of your white home jersey, the visitor had to bring whites on the road. It's tough to coordinate all of that, so they just decided to go with darks at home and that allows teams to wear their thirds for pretty much any home game. [DMN]
So if the Stars don't shock everyone with a light-colored third in the next couple of years, what do you think they should be rocking on those twelve or so nights a year when it's time to bust out the special spats?
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Wednesday Links, and you know what that means, right? Free M&Ms day!
Jim Nill on the decision to sit Nichushkin for a week. Let's hope this does the trick. [DMN]
Here's the recap from last night. I like goals, Seguin, Benn, and Kari, so it was a good game. [Stars]
Dillon and a certain Ryan Johansen enjoyed hanging out this summer, says Heika. [DMN]
The Sharks no longer have Dan Boyle on the power play, and that is apparently a tough thing for them to overcome. Given how they've looked so far, they can probably take some time to figure it out. [Pro Hockey Talk]
But hey, maybe John Scott can fix it. Pick your headline for this play in which Scott, derided signing, beats Brooks Orpik, he of the maligned contract. [Puck Daddy]
The Oilers have already started punching buttons like a chimpanzee at a video arcade, as Darnell Nurse made his debut against the Kings last night amid a lineup shuffle. [Edmonton Journal]
When LA opted to extend Marian Gaborik, there were surprisingly few raised eyebrows given the speedster's health issues over the years. That might be catching up to the Kings now, as Gaborik missed last night's game with what many are suspecting is a groin injury. [Pro Hockey Talk]
Some more proof that Toronto has misidentified their number one center. [SportsNet]
Boston signed Simon Gagne to a one-year deal for like fifty bucks, because why not try anything at this point, they are saying. [NHL]
The Hockey News is here to remind you that they are not "biased" towards the Toronto Maple Leafs, which is kind of an absurd thing for a publication to bother printing. Although, I guess if you protest just enough, maybe then everyone will believe you, as Shakespeare said. [THN]
And in case you weren't convinced enough that Canada can't stand the idea of Florida being given ample time to draw actual crowds, here's a piece on the integrity of Florida's ownership. [Sportsnet]
Ken Campbell speculates that 3-v-3 OT will eventually end the shootout. Whatever, I'll take it! [THN]
Being a captain is great until it isn't. Just ask all of these guys. A great piece by Sean McIndoe looking at some of the more tumultuous transitions of the C. [Grantland]
Finally, here is one way to reveal a third jersey: