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Panthers’ third jerseys meet their demise today for charity

Mar 25, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

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It’s the end of the run for the Florida Panthers. No, they’re not going anywhere other than perhaps the playoffs, but their blue third jerseys are being worn for the final time today against the Islanders.

As George Richards of On Frozen Pond hears from Panthers star forward Stephen Weiss, saying goodbye to the blue jerseys won’t be too difficult.

“We’ve been doing good in them, but I like the red ones better,” said Weiss, noting Florida has won the past three games in the third ‘Sunday-only’ jerseys and are 4-2-1 in them this season.

“They’re alright. But they aren’t the most intimidating things around. It is what it is. We wore them for a few years, now we’re moving on.”

It’s not all snark for what was ultimately a very ugly and pointless jersey, the Panthers are doing something good with them by conducting a silent auction during the game for the blue nightmares and giving the money to the Panther Foundation for pediatric cancer.

Giving up the shirts off your back for kids with cancer? That’ll play. If that doesn’t warm your heart, then we need to have a sit-down discussion about life.

  1. tampabayirish - Mar 25, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Very few teams 3rd jerseys turned out good. Remember the Islanders “Gordon’s Fisherman”monstrosity? Really bad.

    • govtminion - Mar 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      True, but some teams have had pretty good alternate jerseys. Look at the current Boston alternate jersey, or…

      …ok, while typing this, I actually had to sit for two minutes and think about another one, and it isn’t really working. Your point is proven. :D

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        Perhaps the Wild’s all-green getup? Much, MUCH better than their horrendous green-and-red Christmas costume. Worst color combination in the NHL IMO, alternate jerseys aside.

      • itsallniceonice - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:23 PM

        Minnesota’s third jerseys are beautiful. I wish they would make them their primaries. That and the Bruin’s thirds are the only good ones.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:52 PM

        Minnesota’s thirds are great. Way better than their homes. Anytime you try to work three colors (Florida) it’s not going to end well.

        Also a good third: http://www.nhluniforms.com/Blackhawks/Blackhawks32.html

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        St. Louis’ thirds are also pretty solid.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:11 PM

        Well crap, I was wondering why I hadn’t seen them all year. Chicago’s thirds were retired.

      • jaybertx - Mar 25, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        The Bolts third jersey is great! It was my favorite of the three until the uni redesign this year.

      • geo91 - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        The Pens baby blue original winter classic jerseys are beauties, same with the Wings old english D jersey even though they don’t wear them. And the Sens alternates are pretty spiffy too.

  2. bigtganks - Mar 25, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Canucks stick jersey with the V shoulder patch is better than their regulars.

  3. quixotissimo - Mar 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    By my count, that’s eleven teams (Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Detroit, Florida, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Phoenix, and Washington) that wear some form of red as their primary color, more than a third of the league. Monotony much?

  4. oquintero99 - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Carolina Hurricanes’ third jerser (the black one with thew hurricane warning flag) is my favorite 3rd jersey

  5. dolanster - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Yah, Cane’s black jersey is good. Sens stripe jersey is good. Bruins all black is good. The Kings and Pens “legacy” jerseys are good — know why? They actually have a legacy. Trying to look fake olde tyme like Florida or Columbus = weak sauce. Glad this FLA monstrosity is going away.

  6. phillyphever - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    1) Hopefully those jerseys go for a lot to help cancer research. Wished more teams do that.

    2) I miss the black Flyers jerseys. Wished they can bring them back in some form.

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