NHL Power Rankings: Ranking the 31 ‘Reverse Retro’ jerseys

NHL Power Rankings

In this week’s edition of the NHL Power Rankings we take a look at the league’s newest collection of jerseys and rank all of the 31 Reverse Retros that were unveiled on Monday.

There are some classic looks here, some bold designs, some missed opportunities, and even a few dives into absurdity.

We examine all of them!

Where does your team’s newest jersey rank?

To this week’s NHL Power Rankings!

The Elites

• Los Angeles Kings. These are perfect. You can not be the Kings and unveil a “retro” jersey that does not feature purple and gold. They nailed it.

• New Jersey Devils. Always a big fan of the Devils Christmas color scheme. Embrace it.

• Minnesota Wild. I am a sucker for early 1990s era NHL, and this color scheme brings back major memories.

• Colorado Avalanche. If you live in Quebec your blood is probably boiling, but you should take pride in the fact that these look awesome.

• Arizona Coyotes. The Kachina look, the purple, and the overall design just work for me. It is bold, it is different, and it is excellent.

• Anaheim Ducks. Are they pretty? Oh my gosh no. Are they ridiculous? Absolutely, positively, and without a doubt. And that is why I love that they are using them. The willingness to embrace the absurdity of this jersey is a level of confidence we should all strive for.

Sometimes a second chance is good

• New York Rangers. The Lady Liberty jerseys were a huge change when they were first introduced, and I was originally not a fan. I like them this time around.

• Washington Capitals. I hated the screaming eagle uniform when it was first around, but just swapping the colors seems to make a massive difference. I am now on board.

• Carolina Hurricanes. I appreciate the greatness of the Hartford Whalers uniform as much as anyone, but the gray here knocks it down a few spots for me.

• Calgary Flames. Another jersey that I used to hate, but I am coming around on the idea of a fire breathing horse-dragon.

The Very Good

• Boston Bruins. A classic look, but I would have liked it better without the white stripe down at the bottom of the sleeve and if the goofy bear would have been featured on the front. Let’s get weird with these.

• Tampa Bay Lightning. This reminds me of their original expansion design when they entered the league, and I always liked that look. Like most early 1990s logos, they never should have changed it.

• Columbus Blue Jackets. This logo looks better surrounded by all the red than it did in its original blue design.

• Vegas Golden Knights. I do not hate this. I also do not love this. So I think 14th works just fine.

These are fine

• Florida Panthers. I do not know about you, but I am picturing Pavel Bure blowing past defenders and scoring 50 goals.

• Ottawa Senators. I like the 2-D Senator look, but I am not crazy about this particular jersey design. You take the good with the bad.

• Buffalo Sabres. I think this would have been really good if not for that “Buffalo” slapped on the bottom.

• Dallas Stars. It is fine, but it is still only the second best jersey the Stars have unveiled this offseason.

A little plain

• Edmonton Oilers. I get a 1980s feelings from this. Other than that I have no strong feeling on the jersey itself one way or the other.

• Philadelphia Flyers. Not a huge fan of the sleeves, otherwise it reminds me of exactly what almost every Flyers jersey has ever looked like.

• Toronto Maple Leafs. Like the front of the jersey but hate the sleeves.

• Vancouver Canucks. These are giving me Mark Messier in Vancouver vibes. Nobody in Vancouver liked that era.

• Chicago Blackhawks. Honestly this just reminds me of something they would wear at their next outdoor game.

The missed opportunities

• St. Louis Blues. I can forgive them for giving into Mike Keenan and not using the Cool Cat jersey in the 1990s. I looked the other way for them not embracing the All-Star Game as an opportunity to finally use it. But I can not — and will not! — overlook a third missed opportunity to use the greatest alternate jersey idea ever. If the Ducks can bring back Wild Wing, the Blues could have used Cool Cat!

• Pittsburgh Penguins. This design looked better in the early 1990s in its original black. If they were going for mid-1990s look here they should have used Robo-Penguin.

• Montreal Canadiens. I get that the Canadiens jersey is a classic and you do not want to mess with it, but it just does not work in blue for me.

• New York Islanders. If ever there was a time to bring back the Gorton’s Fishstick guy on a semi-regular basis, this was it.

You tried

• San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have two colors that work for them: Those colors are teal and black. They take a back seat here.

• Nashville Predators. There is nothing here that would make me want to run out and buy this over a regular Predators jersey.

• Winnipeg Jets. I like this logo, but this color does not work and I would have liked to have seen more to honor Atlanta since, you know, that is this team’s history and origin.

• Detroit Red Wings. This is a practice jersey.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

Sabres agree with Dylan Cozens on 7-year, $49.7M extension

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres agreed to terms with forward Dylan Cozens on a seven-year extension worth $49.7 million.

The team announced the contract. Cozens will count $7.1 million against the salary cap through the 2029-30 season.

Cozens, who turns 22, is the latest core player the Sabres have extended over the past six months. Buffalo signed All-Star forward Tage Thompson for $50 million over seven seasons in August and defenseman Mattias Samuelsson to a seven-year, $30 million deal in October.

Rasmus Dahlin, the top pick in 2020 who’s a Norris Trophy candidate and filled in for Thompson at NHL All-Star weekend, figures to be next for a big contract. He’s signed through next season and can begin talking about an extension this summer.

Cozens, who was set to be a restricted free agent, has already set career highs with 17 goals, 26 assists and 43 points – with 30 games left in the season. The seventh pick in 2019, Cozens has 34 goals and 60 assists in 169 regular-season NHL games, all with Buffalo.

The Sabres, led by Dahlin, Thompson, Cozens and 2021 No. 1 pick Owen Power, are contending to make the playoffs. The organization’s 11-year playoff drought dating to 2011 is by far the longest in the league.

Stanley Cup champion Avalanche steadily returning to health

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Had his coach been watching, this might have made for an anxious moment: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar catching an edge and falling in the fastest skater contest.

Jared Bednar wasn’t tuned in, though, and had no idea what happened in the skills contest over All-Star weekend. Only that Makar emerged from his crash into the boards just fine.

These days, things are definitely looking up for the Stanley Cup champions on the injury front. Defenseman Bowen Byram returns to the lineup, along with forward Valeri Nichushkin. Defenseman Josh Manson is creeping closer to a return. Same for captain Gabriel Landeskog, who’s yet to play this season. Forward Darren Helm is progressing, too.

In spite of all their bumps and bruises, the Avalanche entered the All-Star break in a playoff spot. To weather the injury storm, Colorado has relied on 39 different skaters this season, a mark that’s tied for the most in a single season since the team relocated to Denver in 1995.

“Anybody we can get back right now is huge,” said Makar, whose team kicks off a three-game trip Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

Byram returns after being sidelined with a lower-body injury since early November. He was an integral part of their Stanley Cup run a season ago, when he led all rookies with nine assists in the postseason. Byram was off to a fast start this season – two goals and three assists in 10 games – before his injury.

“He’s looking great. He’s buzzing out there,” Makar said of his fellow blue liner. “Hopefully it doesn’t take him too long to get back into game mode. But I think he’s a guy that can turn it on pretty quickly.”

Byram missed a chunk of games last season as he dealt with concussion symptoms. This time, he was able to be around the team as he worked his way back.

“I was just happy it wasn’t my head,” Byram said. “It was a lot easier to be out when you’re still feeling good and feel like yourself. … I’m just excited to get going again.”

Count on Byram for as many minutes as necessary, too.

“I’m 100%, so no reason to ease into it,” Byram said. “I’m confident with jumping back in.”

Manson will join the Avalanche on the trip so he can skate with the squad. He’s been out with a lower-body injury since the start of December.

“I do think it helps to get on the road, be around the guys,” Bednar said.

Landeskog could be back “fairly soon,” Bednar said, but didn’t have a definitive timeline quite yet. The longtime Avalanche captain has been sidelined since knee surgery in October.

The Avalanche entered the All-Star break on quite a roll, winning seven of their last eight. They’ve amassed 57 points, which trails Dallas (66 points at the All-Star break), Winnipeg (65) and Minnesota (58) in the Central Division.

One thing the Avalanche are guarding against is another slow start out off the break. It happened over Christmas when the team had a few days off and promptly went 0-4-1 upon their return.

“It’s just shifting the mentality back to game mode. No more vacation,” Makar said. “We still have a long way to go. We’re not where we want to be right now. But there’s a lot of time left.”

Kraken add some size, acquire Jaycob Megna from San Jose

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Kraken acquired defenseman Jaycob Megna from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round draft pick.

Megna is in the midst of his best season with 12 points in 48 games for the Sharks while averaging more than 19 minutes per game.

“Jaycob has shown with his play this season that he is a responsible defenseman that can be relied on in all situations,” Seattle general manager Ron Francis said. “He provides welcome depth to our defensive group and we are happy to have him join our organization.”

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Megna will add some size and bulk to Seattle’s lineup. Megna ranked fifth for San Jose in both blocked shots and hits.

Megna previously played for Anaheim for parts of three seasons between 2016-19. The 48 games played this season is a career-high for the 30-year-old.

Seattle is tied for the lead in the Pacific Division and will return from the All-Star break beginning against the New York Islanders.

Islanders sign Bo Horvat to 8-year deal after trading for him

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The New York Islanders signed center Bo Horvat to an eight-year contract less than a week after acquiring him in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks.

The team announced the contract after their first practice following the All-Star break. Horvat’s deal is worth $68 million and carries a $8.5 million salary cap hit through the 2030-31 season.

General manager Lou Lamoriello joked to reporters at practice on Long Island that Horvat’s contract was “too long and it’s too much money.”

The Islanders sent forward Anthony Beauvillier, prospect Aatu Raty and a protected first-round pick to the Canucks for Horvat . He was set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the trade was a result of Vancouver and Horvat’s camp being unable to reach a deal last summer.

Lamoriello and Horvat expressed confidence about getting a deal done after the trade. The 27-year-old has scored more than 30 goals for a second consecutive season.

Horvat was chosen as an All-Star and played for the Pacific Division despite the trade. He played with longtime Canucks teammate Elias Pettersson and combined on one last goal together before parting ways.

“I want to get going,” Horvat said after the All-Star 3-on-3 tournament. “That’s enough. Let’s start playing some games and getting to know the guys. I just want to start playing hockey again.”

Horvat was on vacation with his family in Orlando when he was traded. He said coach Lane Lambert wanted him to enjoy All-Star festivities before getting rolling with the Islanders, who play at the Philadelphia Flyers.

“Obviously getting my legs under me is going to be No. 1 and getting systems down and obviously chemistry with the new linemates and stuff like that,” Horvat said.

After facing the Flyers and Seattle, Horvat will play against his former team when Vancouver visits UBS Arena.