Hello everyone! We've got a great post today with some bold designs you're sure to love or love to hate. Either way, you won't be forgetting them anytime soon, and that's what is important, right?
As surely all of you must know by now, the Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup champions for the second time in three years! I've got to say, Daryl Sutter's Kings can really get down to business in the playoffs. Down three games to the Sharks in the first round, the Kings pulled off an incredible four-game win streak to move on, defeat the defending champs, and claim the cup again.
Lundqvist played out of his mind all game to keep the Rangers in it, but the Kings were just too much for them at the end. Honestly, the entire Rangers team owes Lundqvist a steak dinner, 25-year-old scotch, and a sincere apology. The Kings spent a lot of time in the Rangers end, and not even Lundqvist can save everything, especially when players miss key assignments (looking at you, Girardi and Zuccarello).
This series was way more intense than the record indicates. The final game tally may have been 4-1, but there was so much overtime action, incredible saves, physical play, and so much more. It was an awesome series, and gave us all an entertaining finale.
Yesterday Ryan asked us on Twitter if we were ready for a potential last game of the season. My answer, having just realized as Martinez picked up the rebound that won the game, was no. Absolutely not ready. Summer sucks! Drop the puck!
Here are some entries into the NHA Redesign Competition:
Montreal Shamrocks - J3
Toronto 228th Battalion - Alan J.H.
Montreal Canadiens - Alan J.H.
Cobalt Silver Kings - Alan J.H.
Montreal Shamrocks - Alan J.H.
Let's move on with today's concepts!
Ottawa Senators Concept - Scott B.
Positives: Since first seeing this concept in my email on Sunday, the yoke striping has really grown on me. I like it. The chest striping isn't bad, but...
Negatives: ...I wish it it matched the yoke striping better. The primary logo is not my favorite. Something about it just plays with my eyes in an unpleasant way. There should be sleeve numbers, and a name/number on the back. Those are crucial details to a concept. There are some loose pixels around the collar, and areas where the striping is not flush with the template. The ID overlaps the concept.
Overall: There are some good elements to work with, but it needs further polish. Right now it looks incomplete. (4/10)
Oakland Athletics Concept - Ben A.
Positives: The Athletics have a great color scheme; it's easy to work with. The shoulder patch is a very interesting old elephant logo.
Negatives: There aren't any sleeve numbers on the jersey. The shoulder patch is an old elephant logo. The inside of the jersey should be green.
Overall: The striping and colors work well, but there are still some important details left out. (5.5/10)
Detroit Red Wings Alternate Concept - Ricky M.
Positives: This is an interesting concept for Detroit. It's definitely a departure from what is expected.
Negatives: Confession: I don't like diagonal wordmarks in any context; not even on Rangers jerseys. I'm not crazy about the black. If you're going to use it, I think it should be used more than just the logo and the number on the back. Ricky's been doing this long enough to know to put sleeve numbers on, so I'm confused as to why that has been omitted. The jersey has a very traditional appearance, so the phantom yoke is a little out of place. Also, Datsyuk is #13, not #3, and he is an alternate captain, so you need to place an 'A' on the concept.
Overall: It seems very "Colorado Avalanche," and mistakes and omissions don't help. (6/10)
1992 Unified Team Olympic Concept - Stephen T.
Positives: This concept is very interesting. I wasn't aware of this until I did some research, but following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the former Soviet Republics competed together under the moniker of the "Unified Team" during the 1992 Summer and Winter Olympic games. They also won gold in hockey that year. The concept has a Russian feel to it, without being obviously or overwhelmingly Russian.
Negatives: The outline on the Olympic rings outline are really pixelated. The striping is well executed, but not particularly interesting.
Overall: Not a bad concept from Stephen. Glad to see his work improving. (7.5/10)
St. Louis Blues Alternate Concept - S2udio
Positives: I like the yoke, and the striping on the hem/arms/socks. I think this is a better way to do two-tone blue than what St. Louis is using right now. I always like how S2udio presents the helmet.
Negatives: The name/sleeve numbers/alternate captain patch should match the number in my opinion. I'm not a fan of the darker gold color.
Overall: St. Louis's conservative fanbase would likely buy this as well. (8.5/10)
Tampa Bay Lightning Alternate Concept - S2udio
Positives: This is a really daring concept. That lightning bolt across the front is such a bold statement. The arm/sock striping match the lightning bolt well, too.
Negatives: The roundel logo on the right side isn't necessary, and I don't like the use of the "BOLTS" wordmark as a shoulder patch. I think using the roundel on one shoulder would be sufficient.
Overall: An alternate you aren't soon to forget. (8.5/10) COTW nomination from me
Pittsburgh Penguins Concept - Dallas K.
Positives: I haven't always felt this way, but I prefer the Penguins in "Vegas gold." I think it further distances themselves from the Bruins and makes them more unique. Execution and presentation is pretty good.
Negatives: I don't like the use of blue. There seems to be a few eras of Penguins designs here that are more at odds than working in harmony.
Overall: There are a few design choices that I'm not a fan of here, but it's still an improvement over what they are wearing now. (7.8/10)
St. Louis Blues Concept - Justin S.
Positives: I like Justin's creativity here.
Negatives: I'm not a fan of the wordmark/number treatment, but I understand that you can't use the Blue Note as a logo and striping, so I'm giving it a pass here. Some of the lines int he wing striping are not very clean, and there's some odd black lines in there as well. With an Oshie concept, you need to put the alternate captain 'A' on the front.
Overall: One of these would make an interesting alternate, but I don't think I'd want to see this as a full-time set. (7/10)
Winnipeg Jets Alternate Concept - Garrett F.
Positives: The Winnipeg Jets are one of the few teams in the league that could really pull off a gray alternate. I like the primary logo choice. The sleeve numbers are done very well. Execution is pretty solid here. The striping looks good, and the colors are balanced well.
Negatives: I'm not a fan of the nameplate treatment. The way it's presented almost looks as if the nameplate is sublimated instead of being stitched on the jersey.
Overall: This could make a good alternate for the Jets. (8.5/10)
Did you see a concept today you liked, disliked, or disagree with me on? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section! Don't forget to send in your NHA Redesign concepts. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday the 18th, so you have extra time to get them in and make them look the best you can make them. It's should be a really good competition, so get in on the action and send them in! Also, don't forget to in your votes for next weeks Concept of the Week! I hoep you all enjoyed today's post. See you all back here tomorrow to find out the winner of this week's COTW and May COTY votes!