I’m still getting over the news that Patrick Marleau is not coming back to the Sharks.
The news hit me and even though I knew there was a chance he might leave, I didn’t know how I would be able to handle the reality of it.
It’s an off feeling because I had been preparing myself for this for a while. It seemed like every offseason for the past decade was filled with rumors whether or not the Sharks would blow up the team, thus moving on from Marleau. But every year the team kept him around and I was hopeful that they would win the Stanley Cup last year. But it wasn’t meant to be.
Still, I always thought that if Marleau were to leave the Sharks, it would be a front office move. I never thought Marleau would leave on his own accord. I always believed that he would want to stay here for the remainder of his career.
But here we are and Marleau has taken a deal with the Maple Leafs that would pay him some good money the Sharks couldn’t compete with. (His new teammate Auston Matthews wasn’t even born when Marleau was drafted in 1997.)
I was out for most of the day so I have not given myself enough time to go over all that’s happened. Chris Creamer in the tweet above covers everything you need to know.
But here are some quick thoughts.
- I am not a big fan of the collars but it isn’t too bad. I do not like the new laces for the collars but it was inevitable that this was going to happen.
- The perforated numbers on some of these look OK. I know that the crests and fabrics are lighter because some crests aren’t all fully stitched like before. From a distance it looks fine.
- I am OK with the NHL shield being Chromaflex.
Well, first of all, the video package they had couldn’t play during the reveal so that was a bummer since this is Las Vegas and putting on a good show is what the city is known for. The above is the video.
But anyway, it’s here!
The San Jose Sharks announced that they will be using these new secondary logos for the upcoming campaign. They confirmed that these will not be used on uniforms but for various marketing and merchandising opportunities.
I don’t even know what the point is other than for money. I hope it doesn’t mean that somewhere down the line this might become the primary or the team may be emphasizing more white and less orange.
Overall, the logos are fine but it feels disconnected to the current team’s identity. But as long as it doesn’t make its way to the uniforms, I am OK with it. I guess…
The final handshakes.
The hardest thing about about being an NHL fan is that the road to the Stanley Cup is so hard. And being a Sharks fan, it’s even harder. There is no history of the team having won it. Their past playoff success had been limited. The West Coast isn’t much of a hockey country.
Yet what the Sharks did this past season was something to be cherished. After a heartache of an exit two years ago, the team entered the season with a new coach, new goalie, new faces and not a high expectation. They didn’t look so great in December and it sure didn’t seem like they would make it far.
The team rallied and found their way into the playoffs playing some of the best hockey. The power play was amazing. The passing was crisp. Martin Jones played at an elite level. And finally, the team made it to the Stanley Cup Final. In 25 years, the first trip was so sweet.
But it was not meant to be. It wasn’t supposed to be easy. It was going to be a fight and in the end, the Penguins were better. It sucks because we may never know what the future holds and if the Sharks will ever sniff this glory in the near future. I believe that one day they will. But I don’t know when. I will cherish what they did this year. It was the best they ever did and I hope that maybe even next year, they’ll finally reach the top.
I haven’t been to a Sharks game in some time and the last time I attended a Sharks playoff game was back in 2007.
Getting to the game was a journey since I drove up to San Jose the day of Game 4. The city was buzzing with people all wearing Sharks gear and the place was excited for the game. As I got to the SAP Center they had different little booths for photos, prizes, music and even the stage was set for NBCSN where fans and cameramen were around.
Inside the arena was pretty nice. But there was a sense of uncertainty. After all, this is the first time the Sharks have been here.
But once we got to our seats, the hype was real strong as the introductions came and Metallica performed.
Chris Creamer has a great post about the new Florida Panthers’ look. I don’t have much to say but after checking his update and looking at what the Panthers have unveiled, here are some quick thoughts.
- Fine, I get it. You want to the honor the military. You’re copying the same idea as the Jaguars with your crest logo. But in place of that jumping Panther? What a shame. I know that jumping Panther is on the helmet now, but that logo is superior to this.
- I think it’s OK to copy the stripe across the chest that is similar to the Habs. In fact, that it looks good all things considered. But I just feel it’s unnecessary.
- The addition of gold and the removal of their dark yellow is a downgrade for me. I like the a lot more and it fits well with the Sunshine State.
- The sleeve patch I can do without. But it’s different than the traditional designs so I can roll with it. And having it different for captains will be interesting.
- I like the laces. Still, there are way too many teams with laces but I like this modernized version.
Overall it’s a decent look but I am not jumping and celebrating it. It still feels a little plain to me and so traditional like. I guess with a previous look of a jumping panther I was hoping something would be “in-your-face” with this new look. But I don’t feel it.