I was visiting New York this Tuesday to hang out with a college buddy and catch the Brewers v Yankees game that night. I had his wife drop me off on fifth avenue. I was going to walk from Rockefeller Center to Times Square and back while waiting on college buddy to get off early from work. Walking to the heart of the NYC tourist area, I came across the NHL Store. Its on sixth avenue otherwise known as the Avenue of the Americas. I went in with much excitement only to be disappointed. It had a big spread devoted to the cup champion Bruins. Also plenty of hats, jersey and other paraphernalia to the other big market teams. Also, there was a section of Sid Crosby gear by Reebok. I'm assuming if Sid hadn't had a season ending concussion. Reebok had planned a big commercial rollout of him and his gear much like Nike use to do with Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. If you want gear of failed franchises in the past the store has it. Hats, jerseys for these franchise losers( KC Scouts, Oakland Golden Seals/Cleveland Barons, Atlanta Flames, Colorado Rockies, Minnesota North Stars and Hartford Whalers). There are thirty teams in the NHL but only TWENTY-NINE are represented in the store. No where in the store did they have any Nashville Predators gear. No hats, no jerseys and no over priced team logo key chains. I asked the young lady on the floor did they have any Nashville Predators gear in the back cause I could not find it on the floor. She said no the store didn't stock a lot of Predators items. I thanked the young lady for her honesty instead of telling me they were sold out at the time.
I didn't expect it to be like the team store at the arena but other teams especially those on the west coast were represented by their star players and their jerseys. At least Nashville should have been treated the same. I should have been able to see or buy a Shea Weber home jersey. He is our superstar just like Corey Perry or Joe Thornton jerseys that were available. If they are going to sale gear for franchises that have failed, I would like to think a successful franchise's gear would be wanted too.