Behold the Buffaslug.
Against all odds, the Buffalo Sabres marketing brian trust has already made me nostalgic for the old black and red, even though I never liked them in the first place. In a giant tease of a gesture, the Sabres will retain their classic jersey that everyone already wants for 15 games this season, but what a shame Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn ignored the 30,000 diehard fans that voiced their disgust in an online petition when the new logo and colours were leaked back in July.
While the sheer yellowness of the logo may be making you dizzy, don't forget to notice how the uniform is truly ruined by the swooshing action flashes doing all sorts of weird shit in the armpits and alongside the hockey pants. This is a Reebok-fed design motif I already hate with the San Jose Sharks jersey (they have way too much grey, by the way) and I'm sure it will look really dated in five years if it isn't already... which, of course, it is. If there is one thing I like, it's the numbers on the front, probably because it reminds me of something old school, like when the San Diego Chargers had player's numbers on their helmet.
The bottom line is that a team will not fail its fans if they keep jerseys simple and have some sort of semblance of history integrated into the jersey design. Popular teams like the Red Wings or Canadiens at least get it. Somehow, Edmonton made a nice transition into modern jerseys, and thanks to a rich tradition and 5 Cups (I do remember that to be a specific reason why the team never really changed the logo), we seem to be somewhat safe from having a Todd McFarlane free-for-all on the originals.
And to think: if had Buffalo actually won a Cup in the 1970s, their fans wouldn't be subject to this wretched debasement of their once great uniforms.