Tampa Bay Lightning's new uniforms sound as if they will include a simple, classic design
As we read in the paper today, the Tampa Bay Lightning has filed the paperwork with the league in order to change their colors and logo for the 2011-12 season. Here is what you might expect when the uniforms are unveiled, perhaps as soon as this week:
The primary colors apparently will be blue (close to what is used now with the third jersey) and white. Sounds as if the color black, which has been the team's prominent color, and the silver trim will be gone. The logo on the home jerseys is expected to be just a prominent lightning bolt without the words Tampa Bay that are used now. The road jerseys are expected to have the lightning bolt and the words Tampa Bay, though no immediate word on how the design will look. It is believed there also will be the classic strings at the front of the collar.
It also is unclear whether the third jersey will be retained as its color is believed to be so close to that of the home, dark jersey.
Anyway, sounds as if GM Steve Yzerman had a lot of input into the details or at least into the idea of trying to create a classic look that will endure for a long time.
From the morning skate: Dwayne Roloson is back in net for today's game with the Thrashers. ... Wing Ryan Malone is out with what coach Guy Boucher called a mid-body injury, though he added it wasn't his groin. He said while Malone, who was hurt Friday against the Panthers, finished that game, he did not look good. And Malone, Boucher said, now is having trouble lifting his legs. ... F Mattias Ritola will take Malone's spot in the lineup. ... After Dan Ellis played so well in the shootout victory over the Panthers, he dodged a question about personal satisfaction and gave an answer about team play. Asked today why he blipped past the question, he said, "It really doesn't matter if it's a personal thing. In the end it's a team game and it's on what the team result is. It's not an individual sport. We're not playing tennis here. We're not playing golf. It's not just the individual that wins the game. It's the collective group."