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  1. stackem30

    Suggestions on Kenesky/Passau/JRZ

    I had a set of legpads made by Kenesky last year — my first in almost 15 years. I was very particular about what I wanted, and I am incredibly happy with how they turned out. I knew I wanted something custom, a pretty 'old school' type of pads with lots of rolls, etc. And I wanted to be able to be very specific about colors, tapers, etc. Based on my research, Kenesky was by far the best fit for this type of work. I worked with Mike Howard. He was a good guy — incredibly knowledgeable, and he didn't bat an eye at a single customization request, no matter how minute. His answer to every question was "Yes, I can do that." For the type of buying experience I wanted, that was perfect. He can really indulge in the details. Placing the order took a little while, though much of that was due to me taking my time getting all the details right. Sometimes I had to do a little nudging to get a response to an email, but I think this type of thing is to be expected when you are dealing with a small business. Considering that I'd waited so long to get new pads, I wasn't too upset if I didn't get an email or a call returned within a couple days. From what I can tell, Kenesky's picked up a bit since I bought my pads, with the chest protectors and all. I would imagine they are handling more business than usual these days (purely speculation on my part). So I can't really speak to what the process will be like. But I will attest that Kenesky can take an idea you have for a pad, no matter how unique and how detailed, and pull it off really nicely.
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    Those are sweet indeed, but I was really hoping for a straight-up Sean Burke replica
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    Personally, I think they go quite nicely. I *hated* when Nashville switched from their navy helmets to yellow helmets with their home uniforms. Now when I see old pictures of them in the navy helmets, I can't believe how goofy they look compared to the yellow helmets. Maybe you'll experience the same thing here (or maybe not 😎). I am almost always initially skeptical about most changes to uniforms (with good reason — the NHL trots out a lot of terrible stuff). But a lot of them grow on me over time, and eventually I'll admit that the change was a smart move.
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    I was going to say, we're jumping to conclusions by assuming it was a chest-arm related injury. More often than not in the NHL, "upper body injury" means someone's brain is hurt.
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    "This" is also a photo taken in the mid-1970's, when NHL players couldn't shoot the puck *nearly* as hard as they can today. To chalk it up to toughness is a very facile argument. I am 100% in the smaller C/A's camp. I definitely think some goalies have been too touchy about the C/A's being downsized. But if/when injuries occur, people should take a serious look at how they can be prevented, and that includes looking at the equipment — especially when it's recently been altered. We're talking about actual injuries, not bumps and bruises.
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    I think Stomp nailed the concept about as well as anyone could have, but I still never really liked those. Cool idea, but a bit gimmicky for my liking. I can attest to how amazing Darren Stomp's gloves were... I'm loathe to get rid of mine, though the palm is pretty worn out. T hat thing is an absolute black-hole for pucks. May have to see if Sarah at PAW or someone can beef it up. Does anyone know where Darren landed after Stomp shut down?
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    I've kind of stopped getting my hopes up in terms of Price using gear with lots of color. Once in a while he trots out something different, but it feels like every time there's a bump in the road, he reverts to an all-white set with some red trim/logos. Hell, I'd even like this white-based set more if it has blue CCM logos on the front to balance out the red. I suppose it's okay that he has something he's most comfortable with, but he should really be more respectful of the tastes and expectations of our online goalie gear community.
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    Looks like the Blackhawks have been in so many Winter Classics, they've finally run out of ideas for theirs. With their logo, the Blackhawks have one of the largest color palettes in the league. This is really the best idea they could come up with? It doesn't make the Chicago brand/heritage stand out in any way. Literally every NHL team could do this. I still think the Kings have one the most boring uniforms in the league. The black and white Islanders thirds were a snooze. When is the NHL going to stop with the black and white? Don't get me wrong, I appreciate what an effective design combination they can be. But I just think it's throwing in the towel as a designer. "Fuck it, let's just do black and white. It'll look sharp."
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    Ottawa Senators Franchise In Trouble?

    I wouldn't assume so — probably just an opportunistic guy who thought the payoff from whatever Ottawa media he sold the video to would be greater than what he was pulling from Uber. As terrible a company as Uber is, I would imagine they'll can the guy. I'm sure the Senators have complained, and Uber won't want the rep of standing by drivers who sell footage of their customers without any provocation.
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    Ottawa Senators Franchise In Trouble?

    BUMP So uh, this whole fiasco with the video of the Sens players in the Uber is pretty wild... The optics of the whole thing are pretty embarrassing for the Senators. The players come off poorly — they're joking about how bad their team is, claiming they haven't paid attention in practice in weeks, etc. Looks douchey. Meanwhile, now everyone knows the Sens are employing a coach that the players don't listen to, or take seriously. Ultimately, it just underscores that this organization is a serious dumpster fire from top to bottom. However, I do feel a bit bad for the players. Don't get me wrong, they screwed up — whether they know they're being recorded or not, they should have shown better judgement than to air their dirty laundry to someone outside the organization, even a cab driver. Nothing good can come from it, and you'd hope that any famous person would be aware that their words potentially carry a lot of weight. Still... who doesn't blow off some steam about employers now and again? I'm sure we've all vented frustrations about companies and bosses when we thought we were in a safe/private setting. It's so obvious that it's barely worth mentioning, but it was wrong (and possibly illegal) for the Uber driver to sell that video to the media. He certainly has the right to film what happens in his cab — lots of drivers do, and given the crazy incidents you read about, it makes sense. But he simply took what was meant to be a private conversation, and released it to the media without notifying the people in it, or getting their consent. Did the players even know they were being filmed? Unlikely. Either way, the next video meeting with that coach should be one for the books!
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    That Seattle thread devolved into "Durr, buncha gawdamned librul hipster snowflakes in Seattle!!!1" pretty quickly. I stopped checking in. I think I heard that the orca motif was more or less imposed by Orca Bay Entertainment, the company that owns the Canucks and Rogers Arena. But a cursory glance at their Wikipedia page says they've changed their name.
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    For the love of god, NO. I remember after The Matrix came out, every young guy was obsessed with that color scheme. AIM profiles, websites, drawings of cars, signs, t-shirts, etc... I'm glad it died a hard death.
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    I'd like this too, but I don't see the timing matching up. By the time the Canucks would hypothetically consider a full-on embrace of the flying skate jersey (I'm guessing another 2, maybe 3 seasons... if at all), Seattle's colors will have already been established... and you can always count on a new team to stick with their look for a good stretch. They have a brand identity to establish, etc.
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    2018-2019 NHL Gear Sitings

    Agreed, it looks very sharp. To split hairs, I'd hope they'd go with a primarily green jersey with yellow as the secondary color, the opposite of that picture. The NHL's been going pretty yellow (gold, whatever) in the last few years with Nashville and Pittsburgh. The Bruins have their thing, and teams like Buffalo and Calgary have it as a secondary color. Green isn't as prevalent, with only Dallas and Minnesota using it as their primary color, and Vancouver using it as a secondary. That Holy Cross picture is what got me drooling. The NHL needs some purple in the worst way — it looks so damn good on goalie gear. If I could wave my own wand over the league, I'd have Anaheim in their original eggplant jerseys, and I'd have the Kings in purple and yellow. Their current black-based jerseys are such a snooze.
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    Ottawa Senators Franchise In Trouble?

    Saying Ottawa is blaming Condon is jumping to conclusions a bit. Just because a team is bad and they get rid of a player doesn't mean they feel that one player is the reason they're bad. They were clearly skeptical as to whether he could help make that team better. Apparently, his poor performance the other night put them over the top. Don't get me wrong, the timing is pretty cut-throat... I don't think I've ever seen the hammer drop on a goalie so immediately after a long-distance/freak goal. Some of it is just bullshit optics. The Sens management knows the success of their season doesn't hinge on getting rid of Condon right now. But when everything about your organizations resembles a dumpster fire, you have to act like you're making important moves and moving the needle, so to speak. "Rebuilding or not, we don't accept anything less than excellence in Ottawa. We're trying to build a winning culture." All that nonsense. Condon may end up on his feet elsewhere. But realistically, nothing really makes him stand out in today's environment. As @Moose75 pointed out, every goalie in this league is capable of going on hot streaks and showing that they can be a successful, winning NHL goalie. Everyone who even gets a glimpse at playing time is insanely talented. Not taking away from Condon's journey or considerable skill, but he's a dime in a dozen in today's market. If teams can just pop in another (insanely talented) no-name young guy and pay them less money, they will do it, every time. I think we're approaching a harsher market for goalies. So many starters are getting injured, and very, very few goalies have demonstrated they can play at a consistent high level AND stay healthy year after year (Lundqvist anddd Holtby? Price? Bobrovsky? Even those are debatable.). I think if I was a GM, I'd have trouble signing any goalie to a long-term deal, knowing how much young "might catch fire" talent is out there. It's an impossible position to predict. As much as it may adversely effect goalie contracts, it's a credit to just how many good goalies there are today. It's much harder to stand out from the pack these days.
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