The Islanders are going the simple route for their new uniform for this coming season.
After much speculation, it was revealed yesterday the Islesâ€™ reverse retro outfit will have them sporting a navy blue jersey.
Adidas Hockey showed a preview of all the colors the 31 NHL clubs will be using for the special program to be implemented this coming season when it begins.
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The Islandersâ€™ sweater having the number 80 on the back prompted fans to believe the jersey could feature the aesthetics and logo worn during the dynasty era. This was also pointed out by theÂ New York Postâ€™sÂ Mollie Walker.
I had speculated a few weeks back whether the Isles would go the direction of paying homage to those championship teams of the early â€˜80s, albeit with orange as the primary base. Clearly Adidas and the organization would be better suited with navy blue. And as much as some of the fanbase will find that color boring â€” theyâ€™ve made those thoughts well known since the clip dropped yesterday â€” it sticks to what this organization is about now: notÂ being flashy.
Weâ€™ve seen what has happened in the past when the Islanders have tried to be that way. It didnâ€™t work out, some way worse than others.
But itâ€™s ok the Isles arenâ€™t looking to have a jersey that pops.
The franchise hasnâ€™t shown any sense of that kind of pizazz under the Lamoriello-Barry Trotz regime, so why start now? Thatâ€™s not the way a Lou Lamoriello-esque organization operates and itâ€™s not the kind of image he wants people to think of. Even when the franchise introduced their current third jersey back in 2018-19, it was a simple design and didnâ€™t have an overwhelming â€œwow factorâ€ to it.
Those jerseys might I add, are pretty damn nice and have sold well.
Regardless, the navy blue can be considered as a retro color in the annals of the franchise. The team donned the tone as both a home and road thread from 1998 until 2010 before it was replaced by the royal blue shade the team sports now.
Who doesnâ€™t remember the famed getup being worn by Alexei Yashin and his trademark turtleneck or dare we say John Tavares in the Reebok-Edge threads?
Those might have not been the greatest days for the franchise, but there was some success.
Fans will get to see the full Isles look a few days from now when Adidas is expected to have an event where every teamâ€™s jersey is unveiled.
It should be an unassuming yet hopefully a solid look. Thatâ€™s just what the Islanders are now.
And thereâ€™s nothing wrong with that.