Predicting the Next Round of Reverse Retro Jerseys – Atlantic Division

The next round of reverse retros might be the NHL’s worst-kept secret. While yet to be confirmed by Adidas and the league, several teams have hinted at a return, including the Columbus Blue Jackets saying their new jersey ads (sigh) will be on “all four jerseys.” And with a huge dump of leaks via a new range of “special edition” t-shirts last week, many of which showed logos reversed from their original color scheme or in never-before-seen colors, it’s almost confirmed at this point. (For what it’s worth, most of my predictions will be based on t-shirt leaks.)

Although the unveiling won’t happen until early November (rumored), it’s never too early for amateur jersey designers to start speculating. Today we’ll be reviewing the Atlantic Division, but you can read the Central Division preview, and Pacific and Metro are coming next week! Let’s go.

Boston Bruins

People are asking Pooh, and it looks like the Bruins will answer. A white version is apparently on the way, so the question turns to the specifics. I did this yellow-heavy concept to further separate it from their normal road jersey, but I could easily see them opting for a version with black as the main color.

bison sabers

People are demanding a goat’s head, and it looks like the Sabers will answer. A white version is apparently on the way, so the question turns to the specifics.

All kidding aside, the Sabers seem to be going all-in with their late ’90s look. They’ve already confirmed the black jersey will return, and their leaked t-shirt showed the same logo on white in their normal color scheme. I for one hope for as much money reduction as possible, but don’t be surprised if it catches on.

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings were another team that didn’t get a logo leak last week, so they’re a bit of an unknown. Although they only use two colors, the Red Wings have a surprising number of options, including red versions of their early models like the Cougars and Falcons. I went with their inaugural 1926 uniform, but chances are they’ll go somewhere else. Please be better than last year. Please.

Florida Panthers

We hadn’t heard much about Miami before the leak, and the leak brought more confusion than answers. Their inaugural shoulder patch, which never appeared on the front of a jersey, on a powder blue background, a color they only used once as a sold-out alternative. This could get WEIRD. I went with a remix of their original away shirts, but they’re definitely the wild card.

Montreal Exhibitions Canadian

Montreal is also on the powder blue train, seemingly confirming rumors of an Expos-inspired design that surfaced in the spring. When looking at the history of the Expos jersey, their 1980-91 design comes across as something that could easily be adapted to a hockey jersey and the Canadiens brand. But it’s another that can go just about anywhere.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators are looking to play the nostalgia factor again. Martian by Twitter user Lalime found a hoodie who plays on the Ottawa original away. It also resembles the original design launched by Adidas in 2020 and discovered by Icethetics. Although some may consider this an old prototype, in my opinion there is enough smoke here to make me think there is a fire.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Icethetics also reported that Tampa Bay would be bringing back its infamous storm jerseys, and the leak confirmed that…kinda. Chris seemed to think the base of the shirt would be gray, but the leak clearly shows a white T-shirt. This one could go either way, but I’m inclined to go closer to the physical evidence on the rumor mill.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Although Toronto was not included in the leaked t-shirt, GTAC Jerseys on Twitter reported that the design will be based on the Leafs’ alternate from 2000-11, which in turn was a throwback to their away set. from 1958-67. Gabe is pretty reliable on these things, so I ran with it. And while a blue uniform is much more likely, I could see MLSE worrying that it was too similar to their current set – which is why their 2016 name change crumbled on the stripes of the hem, in the plural, in a single strip of hem, in the singular. Since they already have a white and green St. Pats throwback, I went with a green and white version. Maximum chaos.

That completes the Atlantic Division! A little more uncertainty here, but still fun to speculate. Let me know what you think will happen in the comments and what jerseys you want to see on the ice. The Pacific Division will be posted next Thursday, September 8th.

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