According to a since deleted Tweet from New York Islanders blogger Rob Taub, the Isles are set to make some big changes to their look in 2018-19.
Of course, the Islanders have rocked the familiar blue and orange since their arrival in the NHL back in 1972-73, with the brief addition of teal in the mid 90s and the addition of a black third jersey when the team moved to Brooklyn back in 2015. The NHL dropped third jerseys for this past season, but prior to that the Islanders wore a Brooklyn Nets inspired jersey shown below:
This uniform was met with mixed reactions and was dumped altogether for 2017-18. Prior to that however, the Islanders had a hit with the 2015 Stadium Series jersey shown below:
Now, Taub is reporting (and apparently retracting) that sources within the Islanders organization indicate that the team will go back to using the 2015 Stadium Series jersey as their alternate for 2018-19, but will replace the dominant color blue with orange.
Here’s a quick mock up from Reddit user summer6teen:
What do you think, Isles fans? The logo is cool… but that’s a lot of orange. Between the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers don’t we have enough orange in the NHL? On the other hand, it could really pop on TV. Tough to call without seeing it in person…
Regardless, it won’t really matter what the Islanders are wearing when they hit the ice in 2018-19 if superstar John Tavares elects to leave the team this upcoming offseason. The pending unrestricted free-agent has been quiet since the Islanders officially hired former Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello to take over as president of hockey operations. It’s believed that Lamoniello’s hiring is part of a well planned plot to convince Tavares to re-up with the Islanders long term. Whether or not it works out however, remains to be seen.
One thing’s for sure, Tavares is going to get paid! As the top free-agent this offseason, Tavares is likely to command and annual average salary north of $10 million. The 27 year old superstar had 37 goals and 84 points in 82 games last season.