Washington Capitals unveil their retro-inspired Winter Classic uniforms


capitalswinterclassic.jpgAs you can see from the image to the right (click it to enlarge), the Washington Capitals displayed the uniforms they’ll be wearing during the Winter Classic on New Year’s day. Here’s the scoop from the team’s press release.

The Washington Capitals unveiled their uniform for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic today, a tribute to the franchise’s past that was modeled by team captain Alex Ovechkin and former captains Rod Langway and Yvon Labre. The unveiling took place at the 2010 Capitals Convention, a second annual event that drew a sellout crowd of 7,000 to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C.

“There is a great sense of history in playing hockey outdoors, and we wanted to pay tribute to our team’s history with this uniform,” vice president and general manager George McPhee said. “They turned out very well, got a terrific reaction from our fans and will look fantastic on New Year’s Day.”

The primary color for the uniform is white and very closely resembles the team’s original jersey, worn from 1974-75 through 1994-95. The original Capitals wordmark is featured on the front of the jersey with six stars above it and five stars beneath the numbers on each sleeve. The 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic logo is featured on the right shoulder of the jersey.

Unlike the original uniforms, which featured blue pants, the Capitals will wear red pants and red helmets for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

I’m on board with those jerseys, red pants or blue pants. There’s something simple and awesome about older jersey concepts and logos that just seems that much more appealing than modern designs that try so hard to go the “extreme” or “edgy” route.

The Washington Capitals’ current jerseys are a bit of a “throwback” to the team’s old jerseys in the first place, as they went back to that color scheme and use a similar logo. They’re a big improvement over the ridiculous “eagle” design they wore in the Petr Bondra days all the way through Alex Ovechkin’s first year in the league.

Anyway, I give their goalie scheme a big “thumbs up” but what do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.



Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: