Things in the hockey world can get pretty boring this time of year, but this time last year Predators fans had no shortage of action as far as the offseason is concerned.
The main focus was on Shea Weber and his arbitration, but there was some other exciting happenings going on, namely the unveiling of new jerseys for the 2011-2012 season.
It's been a year to the day since the Preds unveiled their new gold threads, so let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
OtF actually had the first glimpse of the new Preds jerseys on June 23rd, and while the team denied that those were the actual jerseys, they contained many of the new logos unveiled just the day before and ended up being pretty darn close to what we saw 20 days later.
In the poll we ran that day, 54% of people voted "thumbs down" to the new design, mainly citing the loud gold color that was a stark contrast to the navy of old and the mustard third jerseys from a few years back.
The main difference between these and the actual jerseys was the lack of the "Nashville" patch across the left shoulder. I thought it was a nice touch, but alas, the Preds thought otherwise.
The away jerseys were officially released at the draft, and the home jerseys at the annual Skate of the Union. These were the jerseys that our beloved Predators took to the ice in on opening night and wore for the rest of the year:
The main features of the jersey, besides including all of the new logos were guitar strings through the numbers, piano keys on the inside of the collar and of course, the
yellow mustard gold.
Between the time we posted our leaked photos and the Predators officially showed us the new threads, fan opinion actually went up, according to our polls. The one we ran 366 days ago showed 60% of fans giving a thumbs up, a 14-point jump from 20 days before.
The jerseys were still a polarizing topic, though, and fans hotly debated the issue all the way up to the start of the season. The discussion continued as the season began, but it seemed like as the season went on, the focus turned away from the jerseys and to the team who actually wore them.
So I ask you, dear reader, what did you think of the first year of the gold jerseys?
Thanks to OtF reader Scot for the suggestion on twitter.