The Winnipeg Jets apparently won't be releasing their new uniforms for a few more weeks, but they unveiled their new logos Friday afternoon and they're a pretty big change from the old look that dated from their WHA days and changed only slightly until their NHL departure in 1996.
The main logo, a jet flying over a maple leaf, is at the far left. It was inspired by the logo of the Royal Canadian Air Force. There is also an alternate logo that features the leaf over the wings of a jet and an alternate team script patch.
I still maintain this team missed a major PR opportunity by not having all of this finalized by the NHL draft. And now we sit here still with no jerseys? Yes, you took care of your 13,000 season tickets. But how about merchandise, merchandise, merchandise?
---Former Sabres player and longtime Rochester Amerks head coach Randy Cunneyworth has landed back in the NHL as an assistant for the Montreal Canadiens. Cunneyworth, whose most recent NHL gig was as an assistant in Atlanta, was the head man in Hamilton last season. He's the ninth AHL head coach from the 2010-11 season to move to a top job or assistant's role in the NHL for 2011-12, a list that also includes Kevin Dineen's move from the Sabres organization as the top man in Portland to the head job in Florida.
Still awaiting word from the Sabres about a staff in Rochester for the coming season. That's expected to be the big club's next big announcement, barring a deal with defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani.
---Islanders GM Garth Snow admitted today he's had talks with embattled former captain Alexei Yashin. Really? Now 37, Yashin has spent the last four years in the KHL after the Isles bought out the final four years of Yashin's 10-year, $87.5 million contract signed in 2001. They already have him on the books for a $2.2 million cap hit for four more years. Guess they'd like to get something for that. Yeesh.