NHL retro reverse jerseys ranking: Avalanche wins the day

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On Monday, the NHL released 31 new versions of old yarns with a new set of sweaters that make up the Reverse Retro collection.Overall they’re all pretty awesome – who doesn’t love a good reimagining of an old design? Of course, some are better than others. Here is our take on the ranking of these new / old sweaters

1. Real Flashbacks: Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Carolina Hurricanes
The Avalanche, Wild and Hurricanes moved all the way in their flashbacks, paying homage * to their pre-relocation roots with themes on the theme of the Nordics, Northern Stars and whalers.

* Is there an argument to be made against these new / old jerseys, given the move left behind some passionate hockey markets? Absolutely. But from a retro design perspective, these win the day.

2. ’90s Perfection: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues
Bold, bright and everything we could possibly want in a ’90s remix.

3. Local Love: Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabers, Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers

Cries from Flames fans for the return of Ol ‘Blasty have been rewarded and the new / old Senators logo is revived in red.

The Sabers and Blue Jackets got the colors, while the Rangers really embraced their New York roots.

4. Can’t play with a classic: Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers
While these don’t really scream retro like some of the other teams, the clean lines and fresh color blocks are hard to dispute.

5. Already Seen Again: Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals
It feels like the Lightning and Panthers have made it all the way back to their closets for a pretty literal revival of their familiar look (not that we’re complaining!) While these Capitals sweaters have us channeling Rookie Ovi a la The goal.

6. Rien de nouveau: Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers
The throwback designs and clean lines are there, but the three teams could have done a little more to breathe new life into the old threads.

7. Missed Opportunities: San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs
When your main color is teal, you feel like retro is in your DNA – but the Sharks’ design doesn’t quite satisfy it.

The Maple Leafs, Canucks and Jets, meanwhile, have stellar flashbacks in their repertoire that they could have rekindled, which makes them a little underwhelming and leaves us wanting fresher takes.

8. A little disappointing: Detroit Red Wings, Vegas Golden Knights, Dallas Stars
The Red Wings’ new take is nice, but looks incomplete compared to the rest of the reveals.

And in all fairness to the Golden Knights, their designers are averaging about three new sweaters a year at this rate, so we’re willing to cut those down a bit here.

9. Have you … even changed anything ?: New York Islanders
Is it a beautiful sweater? Absolutely. Is this the same sweater the Islanders have been sporting in recent seasons? We want it, don’t we?



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