The Sabres will arrive at the end of a long, winding path to once again wearing royal blue jerseys when the officially unveil their uniforms Tuesday morning.
It’s an event that fans have been clamoring for years and the organization is finally adjusting course 24 years after first abandoning their original color scheme.
The Pegulas and Sabres have made it awfully easy to take shots at their ineptitude recently and it’s easy to assume that these new jerseys will fall flat. However, knowing that Eric Bodamer’s guidance on the Winter Classic and 50th anniversary uniforms created such great designs and the added background of years of fan requests, I’m confident in saying there’s no way this thing goes sideways on them. Assuming Bodamer was part of the design process, his work with Adidas outweighs the Sabres recent jersey design missteps.
I’m looking forward to Tuesday morning. Knowing that the team is going back to royal blue, my wishlist of features on the jerseys are short. I’d love to see the team move away from the bland block numbers and towards something more contemporary, that they use the stylized crest and shoulder logos featured on the 2018 Winter Classic uniforms and I hope these uniforms finally mark the end of numbers on the front of Buffalo’s jerseys.
It’s a short list and I’m not going to be heartbroken if these are a little more traditional and wind up closer to the original set of uniforms. In the meantime, I took a little time to cook up a concept for home and away jersey’s that I’d personally like to see. It’s important that I stress that these are not a mockup or concept of what the Sabres will be unveiling. These are simply a set of jerseys that I feel would be a cool step for the team to take.
They’re both based off previous designs less than being any sort of original creation. So my level of involvement is equivalent to that of writing a Buzzfeed listicle. I just wanted to play around with a couple of ideas on a jersey set that would be different from what the club has been wearing while staying rooted in a traditional look and feel. These two templates do that well while also blending nicely with modern elements. I’m looking forward to your positive and negative feedback on these while we count down the last few hours until the Sabres drop their new jerseys on Tuesday morning.
The jersey news Sabres fans have been waiting for finally came this week as the club added a bit of fan service to the unveiling of their alternate jersey, finally confirming they’ll be returning to royal blue uniforms in 2020-21.
Rumors on the third jersey were flying from the minute it was confirmed the Sabres would have an alternate jersey for the 50th anniversary. All white, white and gold logo, no blue, there was a lot floating around with the third jersey. The end product is a sharp jersey that does well to mix the gold color being adopted for the anniversary season and the current navy blue used by the club. I may be biased because my alma mater sported navy blue and vegas gold, but it’s an excellent color combination.
The detail embroidery on the crest is tremendous. It’s not quite chain stitching, but it is just as impressive. Much like the 2018 Winter Classic crest with the felt backing and leather applique bison, this crest is bold enough to be seen from a distance and extremely detailed up close. Thanks to the excellent color scheme, the numbers pop on the sleeve and back of the uniform. Same goes for the crest as the gold dazzle fabric pops against the navy blue. Continue reading →
Forget about six years without a trip to the playoffs — suddenly, things are looking good for Buffalo Sabres fans.
Yes, a good chunk of that optimism might stem from hiring a general manager who helped build three champions in 10 years at Pittsburgh. Or the fact that the new GM plundered the staff of the other Stanley Cup finalist for his new coach — who just happens to be maybe the greatest blue-liner in Sabres history.
Yet a rebuild spearheaded by Jason Botterill and Phil Housley might take years before it pays off with as big a win as the Sabres posted June 20, when the NHL debuted new jerseys for its 31 teams with new supplier adidas. Continue reading →
The Sabres new uniforms aren’t royal blue and that’s okay. The slight tweaks the Sabres jerseys received in the Adidas changeover drastically improved the overall look of both the home and road jerseys.
In conjunction with Adidas and the NHL, the Sabres took a step away from the grey/silver accents that have graced the uniforms since featuring prominently during the red and black era and being utilized as an accent on the Slug jerseys. Gone are the wildly unpopular apron stripes and arm pit accents.
It’s unfortunate that there was so much hubbub regarding switching to royal blue from navy because it ultimately distracted from what was one of the better redesigns in the entire league. Prior to the rumors and guesswork – some of which I’m guilty of – I think the number one item on almost every fan’s hit list would have been the silver accents. With those two prominent and unpopular features in the trash, the Sabres uniforms are cleaner and simpler and look that much better as a result. Continue reading →
This week we reached out to our fan(s) to hear what you would put on a Sabres Wish List. Among the suggestions were redesigned jerseys, a return of the goathead, in-arena upgrades and much more. Chris and Tyler tackle the various items that were submitted while adding a few of our own. We also touch on the latest developments surrounding Evander Kane and the news of the Sabres Prospect Challenge and the coming US Junior Select Camp. You can listen and subscribe to The Instigator Podcast on iTunes or listen in on Stitcher by following the links.
Donning throwback jerseys isn’t a foreign practice in the NHL. Countless teams have utilized a throwback style jersey for their alternate uniforms for some time now. However, a different, slightly more unique take has seen a few clubs don throwback jerseys for one-off games in an effort to switch up their look for a night to a bygone era.
These one-off jersey nights have given me hope to see the Sabres bring back their black and red uniforms once or twice a season in a fashion similar to their league brethren. However, it would seem as if that’s nothing more than a pipedream as there have been multiple mentions (in previous blog summits for example) of the disinterest in looking back to that particular era of Sabres hockey and the ownership troubles that came with it.
With that in mind, perhaps the Sabres would consider a different look for a cool, one-off jersey night. That of the Buffalo Bisons hockey club that preceded the Sabres from 1940-1969. Continue reading →
There’s an epidemic sweeping through First Niagara Center and there doesn’t seem to be a cure. Counterfeit jerseys continue to show their ugly face in the arena and there seems to be more this year than ever before.
Perhaps the most unfortunate factor is that there is no precise way to address this growing trend. Most fans who are wearing fake jerseys – let’s call a spade a spade and just call them fake – have purchased them for the drastic cost savings compared to what you pay through NHL Shop or the Sabres Store. I’m sure there are fans who think the jersey they bought is in fact real and they’ve simply been duped, but I’m willing to bet those fans are in the minority.
There are a few things that really rub me the wrong way when it comes to fake jerseys. First and foremost is the fact that they simply don’t look good. At all. The entry image for this post is a really bad fake jersey and most at least look a tiny bit closer to what’s being worn on the ice. However, every other fake jersey still looks terrible and I’ve yet to see a fake NHL jersey that made me think it was close to the real thing. Continue reading →