Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Sharks load up on age, ineffectiveness with ageing, ineffective Roenick — plus, new Falmes uniforms!


Just when you thought that two straight terrible, sub-30-point seasons had torpedoed Jeremy Roenick's waning career for good, up step the San Jose Sharks to grant the guy one more tepid year in the NHL.

For $500,000, San Jose basically got Roenick for free, and that doesn't even seem like that much of a discount considering the whole league thought he was done for good (and probably should be). But whatever — J.R.'s probably just looking for somewhere sunny to pot five more goals and hit the 500 career mark, and if he puts up around 20 points with 4-line minutes while keeping guys like Ryan Clowe and Steve Bernier looking over their shoulders, hey: why the hell not.

Still, interested to see what Sharks fans make of this.

Also, new Falmes jerseys coming today at 3:30 p.m. ET. Can you feel the trepidation? Come on, firehorse.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: Anonymous poster offers this alleged leaked pic of the new jerseys in the comments:

If they actually have those goddamned Alberta and Canada flags on the shoulder patches, I'm going to laugh and laugh. What the hell? Were fans complaining that they didn't know WHAT COUNTRY Calgary was in?

Otherwise, pretty nice. Like the red tie on the away jersey.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: Yep, those are indeed Calgary's new jerseys (Photo gallery here). From the press release on calgaryflames.com:

“Among the enhancements, we are pleased to carry our National and Provincial flags on our home and road jerseys this season,” said Flames President & CEO Ken King.

“As proud Canadians and proud Albertans, our desire is to display the identity of our country and province and carry them throughout North America and the world. Our jersey incorporates our strong history, the latest in technology, and is something our players and fans will be proud to wear.”

Jesus. I'm amazed these managed to pass through the design meeting without getting a huge "Support our Troops" ribbon slapped on the back just for good measure.

29 comments:

MetroGnome said...

Sorry - the Snot Rocketing Stud has been taken to the glue factory.

Lord those were hideous.

Anonymous said...

Falmes unis leak'd!

Chris! said...

Uh, Calgary's jerseys aren't ACTUALLY going to have the Canada and Alberta flags on the shoulders, are they?

Baroque said...

If so, all they need is a big "CALGARY" over the flaming C and their entire address will be on the jersey in case any of them get lost.

mike w said...

Oh lord. Seriously, this armpit piping has to be stopped.

Uh, the Shoulder patches? Super dumb, and utterly clashes with the jersey (blue? BLUE??).

Doogie said...

Remember when there were only, what, two teams with shoulder logos?

If the Falmes couldn't come up with something that suited their sweater and colours, couldn't they have just, you know, not bothered? Or is that too easy?

David S said...

Interesting how they show what the jerseys would look like if a fan were wearing them instead of a player in full kit. Or maybe the Falmes are gonna use the new "Super Stealth" pads this year. I dunno.

Fuck I can't wait until something genuinely interesting comes up to talk about. These threads threads are brutal. What about some good ole EIG bashing!

mike w said...

These threads threads are brutal. What about some good ole EIG bashing!

Hey man, I love uniform chatter. Then again, http://www.uniwatchblog.com/ is a well-worn link in my blogroll.

Anyway, training camp starts in Yellowknife on Friday. By this time next week we'll be talking about a Mathieu Roy bar fight with some shitkicker.

LittleFury said...

The flags look (as MacT would say) retarded. Hopefully the Oilers don’t follow suit and instead class it up with a shoulder patch depicting Calvin urinating on the Flaming C.

Andy Grabia said...

Damn. You beat me to it twice. Well played, sirs.

Lord Bob said...

Really, the uniforms aren't that bad, although aside from the unholy abomination that was the fire-breathing horse thing the Flames have been good for some pretty classy jerseys.

That said, between the big ol' 'Vancouver' on the Canucks shirt and the flags on the Flames one, I can picture an Oilers jersey with 'Taxpayer-Financed Downtown Arena' in gigantic Courier New around their waist.

grey wall said...

why hasn't anyone commented on the neckline? wsup with the strings? only a gay city would have accessorized a jersey metrosexually like that. FLAMING.

Chris! said...

"wsup with the strings? only a gay city would have accessorized a jersey metrosexually like that."

Ah, homophobia. Nice.

Other "gay cities" to play with jerseys, third or otherwise, featuring tie-ups as recently last season:

Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York (Islanders and Rangers), Phoenix. Oh, and Edmonton.

I guess you just started watching hockey last week?

Jonathan said...

The new Flames jerseys needed those flags. Seriously. When you move around as much as Mike Keenan does, it's good to have constant reminders of which town you coach in stitched to the players.

mc79hockey said...

I don't mind the jerseys but couldn't they have found some way to make the flags bigger?

mike w said...

Also, I think there's still enough room to squeeze in letters spelling "Calgary" in Courier font... maybe in green?

Randy in the med Hizzo said...

Does anyone get the free ride the way Ken King seems to in Calgary? Or Darryl "needs more defencemen" Sutter?

Andy Grabia said...

Does anyone get the free ride the way Ken King seems to in Calgary? Or Darryl "needs more defencemen" Sutter?

Have you been avoiding our sites for the past year, Randy? I'm pretty sure i can think of a couple other people who get free rides.

gary b said...

who cares about stinky Flame junk - i am mesmerized by that awesome painting at the top of the post. sweet baby jeebus, if there ever ever was a coif better suited for the pre-helmet glory days, than i've never seen it.

seriously - did Jofa make buckets in 'extra-tall'?

Colby Cosh said...

Courier? Please. Only Comic Sans will do.

Chris! said...

Ooh, Copperplate Gothic! Copperplate Gothic!!

Art Vandelay said...

Can't...stop...laughing...

Nieuwy said...

i think the flags are great. more ppl should be putting up alberta flags to show our pride in this great province, and once again, the calgary flames lead by example (something the oil could never do).

Prus said...

I'm not a huge fan of the flags, but everything in the interviews seems to point to them only being around for one year.

Otherwise they're not bad and in the case of the road (white) jersey i think it's an improvement from the one used last year. When it comes to the red home unis i, like most flames fans, really liked the one introduced in 03 and any change was going to be tough to take.

Oh well, still better than VANCOUVER.

Chris! said...

Yeah Nieuwy, if only the Oil could have lead by example by assembling one of the greatest teams of all time and winning all those Cups like the Flames did. Oh, wait...

Sorry to dredge up the '80s like that, but come on. Your statement makes no sense.

Lord Bob said...

Sorry to dredge up the '80s like that, but come on. Your statement makes no sense.

His statement makes perfect sense. "Everything the Flames do is great. Mike Keenan is a bald genius. Kristian Huselius will set you free."

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d said...

Heh! Love the font talk. Courier all the way, baby.

grey wall said...

"I guess you just started watching hockey last week?"

Not quite. I started followings canucks for couple seasons now but don't keep track of any other team except for those in division to a degree. too many teams, too many games and not enough time.

however, i've taken a liking to hockey blogs. Its weird. I know the politics of the nhlpa in depth and yet I wouldn't be able to tell you what hockey jerseys look like for example.

I do know a gay jersey when I see one and yes, I Vancouver's blow a lot too.