Canes Now 9% Slower?

An article in The News & Observer has revealed that a number of Hurricanes, including Glen Wesley, have switched their sweaters, but not their teams. After hearing complaints from the four corners of the NHL Earth, Reebok is now offering alternate versions of the Rbk Edge.

Carolina Hurricane SweaterThe Hurricanes switched two games ago to the modified jerseys, which feature a looser fit on the arms, more air-knit fabric and less of the “bead-away” water repellency technology touted by Reebok.
“I think there were enough complaints league-wide that obviously there was a noticeable difference,” Wesley said Tuesday. “So far, it’s been a good change.”

Touting the company line, president of Reebok’s Sports Licensed Division David Baxter stated that the “system” complaints have not been unanimous.

“Many NHL players are satisfied with the current Rbk Edge jersey, but since the start of the season, some have expressed concern about the jersey’s moisture management and durability.”

It may be hard to tell who has made the switch as the necklines are the same with the same overall cut.

“I think everyone likes the new ones a lot better,” Carolina center Matt Cullen said. “It was just funny to go back to the old material, and it feels better.”

Now we know that Cullen and Wesley will be somewhere between one and nine percent slower. I’ll look out for others skating slower on Saturday night.
Thanks to Kukla’s Korner for the assist.

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5 Responses to Canes Now 9% Slower?

  1. Jordan says:

    Interesting, I wonder if Ovechkin will be asking for a new jersey since he reportedly goes through 12 gloves per game.

  2. HotDog88GT says:

    Is there any truth to the rumor that the first thing Don Waddell did when he took over the Thrashers he also got new unis from Reebok?

  3. Gustafsson says:

    HotDog88GT,
    We hadn’t heard that, but be interesting to know.

  4. pepper says:

    GMGM should order the team new jerseys made from the old heavier knit material from which the jerseys worn during 1985-86, the best Caps regular season, were made. That oughta get ‘er goin’.
    And I’m waiting for those moustaches too.

  5. usiel says:

    Seems just like some older player compaining about ‘change’. Kind of like how my dad complained about email versus the tried and true smail, heh.

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