The NHL’s partnership with Adidas could be very disastrous

When the news broke earlier this morning, I was concerned. I thought Adidas wanted out of the big four major sports. But instead, they are tapping back into a market that I didn’t think they would try to get involved in. But the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.

Adidas is leaving the NBA and they know that they still can be a powerhouse in sports. They are huge with soccer and they are very strong in the college sports world. But with hockey being at the bottom of the four major sports — plus their ownership of Reebok — taking over the NHL was an easy choice. All they had to do was beat the competition and they did just that.

So starting with the 2017-18 season, Adidas will be the king of the ice.

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Quick thoughts on the new third jerseys for the Ducks, Avalanche

The Ducks have been incorporating their Mighty Ducks logo into their identity recently. In fact, it’s been a shoulder patch. But this new development is really intriguing. It’s actually not a surprise they’d use it as a crest but to see it on a really loud orange jersey. I guess it’s not too surprising really. Orange jerseys are not new to the NHL and for sure this marriage of old school and new school is very necessary now that the team has switched up their primary sets. Not bad.

The Avalanche pays homage to the Rockies before they became the devils. I’ll be honest and say that I liked their blue thirds they had before. Bringing back a new blue third makes me happy. I like the balance of color here and it’s a unique look which I think could be very popular with the fans. I know I like it!

Was Todd McLellan really the problem here?

This comes as no surprise and it was expected for the Sharks. After a disappointing year and many early playoff exits, something had to change. The ending to McLellan’s tenure in San Jose started last offseason when the team didn’t make any significant moves to improve the roster. McLellan was not going to make a great run in the postseason with what he had. So this ending isn’t a surprise.

But should McLellan be the scapegoat? Naturally the thinking for many fans is that the general manager Doug Wilson is the one at fault and he is the one at blame. He assembled the roster and didn’t make any major moves to improve it. And when Joe Thornton called him out, it really painted a picture of potential issues within the organization.

So what happens here? I don’t know but it’s tough seeing him go. Even though I expected it, it’s not easy saying farewell to a coach who brought so much success to this team. But for the Sharks, they have been holding on to the same roster, same coaching staff for so long. A change had to be made. This might not have been the change they had to make, but it was the change they needed. It was time to move on.

Maybe Steve Nash, not Wayne Gretzky, is the greatest Canadian athlete ever

Here’s the question that was asked and depending on who you ask, you will get a different answer.

Statistically, Wayne Gretzky is the easy choice. He has so many records, the championships and heralded as the greatest ever in his sport. Steve Nash holds some records in the NBA, but nowhere close to what Gretzky has accomplished. So why is this a tough question?

Canadians are (stereotypically) supposed to be good at hockey. It’s in their blood. So even though Gretzky was great, there is not a lot of a surprise factor that he is the greatest in his sport. If not him, maybe it would have been some other Canadian.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! My top green uniforms

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t know if you’re Irish, but if this day means something to you, then celebrate as you wish. Just be safe.

With people wearing green today, I like to go over my favorite green uniforms in the top major leagues in America.

MLB: There’s something about the simplicity of the green pullover with the city name on it. This was it for the A’s. It wasn’t even that popular of a design in terms of all the outrageous looks they had in the ’70s. But this look from 1982 sold me. Simple and classic. It’s a shame that the A’s are the only team in baseball today that wear a green jersey.

Then again, I am biased towards the A’s. But their balance of gold and green is a great complement to the entire set. I wish they could throw back to these beauties in the near future. That would be awesome. Here’s to wishful thinking.

(Side note, I like what the Mets wear during St. Paddy’s Day every spring.)

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The Joe Thornton-Doug Wilson beef is just odd

Usually when players and front office have issues, they do their best to try to keep it under wraps and not let anyone know about it. But apparently, that isn’t the case for the Sharks.

I don’t know how much truth their is to what Wilson said. It appears to be true as Thornton’s reaction seems like he was angry at Wilson for spilling the beans. This captaincy issue was a big deal when the season began and I’m sure Thornton is still bitter about it.

Either way, there had to be some kind of frustration stored inside Thornton and this was what triggered him. I don’t know how much Wilson should have gone into detail about Thornton’s attitude, but now we have a front office leader and a team leader not on the same page. The season is already very turbulent. They don’t need more drama. I’m shocked that this would even come about.

Sharks ticket brochure leaks their 25th anniversary logo for next season

In a ticket brochure sent out to season ticket holders, the Sharks unveiled a new logo for next season and all signs point to it being their 25th anniversary logo. (I remember them celebrating their 20th anniversary and somehow five years have gone by just like that.) The logo, courtesy of Pucknology, reveals the shark in front of a diamond with the number 25 placed right in the middle.

This a new look for the logo of the shark with the tail coming from a different angle (instead of the one you see on the thirds). I like the diamond and the number using the team’s original colors and limiting the orange just to the stick and the eyes. It’s a simple anniversary logo and it’s pretty tame. But for a team that is embracing a simple look with their uniform, it seems fitting that this logo is also simple.

What do you think about this logo?