Redesigning the NHL Part Four: Pacific Division

The wait is over!

I truly apologize for waiting so long to post this. I was waiting to see whether or not the Las Vegas franchise would unveil a name or logo, but after getting a few more requests to post my Pacific Division concepts, I decided to just keep the generic look I gave it.

If you are interested in seeing my concepts for the other three divisions, check out the following links:

Redesigning the NHL Part One: Metropolitan Division
Redesigning the NHL Part Two: Atlantic Division
Redesigning the NHL Part Three: Central Division

As I’ve stated in the previous sections of this series, some teams should NEVER make any changes to their uniforms. To keep with the consistency of redesigning the entire NHL, however, I have switched up every team’s uniforms, even if my designs are admittedly not anywhere near as good as the real ones.

And, again, most templates are taken from Bmac’s Blog’s NHL 2012 project. Take a look if you’re into more concepts.

 

Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim home

Anaheim road

The Ducks have done a nice job incorporating more orange into their color scheme, but the piping could use a little work.

The template they used from 2006-2014 was unique and eye-catching, but the color scheme and wordmark logo were dull.

A color scheme with more orange combined and the webbed “D” crest combined with the 2006-2014 template yields a pretty solid result.

 

Arizona Coyotes

Arizona home

Arizona road

Arizona third

For the home and road jerseys, I took Arizona’s current uniforms and gave them a more traditional striping design reminiscent of what the Coyotes wore before the switch to Reebok.

If you’re wondering where the inspiration for the alternate (and green pants to go with it) came from, just take a look at the old “Picasso Coyote” logo.

Isn’t it weird that there was an actual uniform within the team’s original logo, but nothing close to it was ever worn?

 

Calgary Flames

Calgary home

Calgary road

Calgary third

Calgary is in dire need of a redesign, and this set just may do the trick.

This combines the Flames’ original jerseys with more recent designs, including the addition of black and the logos. It’s a good mix of past and present that would stand out on the ice in a positive way.

 

Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton home

Edmonton road

Edmonton third

Edmonton is one of those teams that shouldn’t change a thing about its uniforms.

I didn’t make too many changes to the home and road other than applying the WHA-era template seen on the Oilers’ current third jersey.

For the alternate in this set, I took the current home uniform, swapped orange and blue and added a re-colored version of the wildly popular oil drop logo seen in the mid-2000’s.

 

Las Vegas

Las Vegas home

Las Vegas road

As mentioned earlier, these jerseys aren’t based off of a certain team name; they’re just generic ideas that would look good for the new Las Vegas franchise regardless of what the team will be known as.

With the Penguins ditching the Vegas Gold, it only seems right that the Vegas team should be the only team in the NHL to not only use it, but use it as a primary color.

My preference for a team name? The Las Vegas Jokers.

 

Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles home 1

Los Angeles road 1

Los Angeles third

I know the early-2000’s shield logo wasn’t extremely popular, but I came up with the rest of the jersey first and then decided that a re-colored version of said logo would look best.

It’s an intimidating look and is much cleaner than what the Kings currently wear, with a traditional yet unique style of striping and a bold shoulder patch to make everything pop.

The alternate is an exact copy of the Gretzky-era jerseys, but with a re-colored version of the team’s original crown logo.

 

San Jose Sharks

San Jose home

San Jose road

San Jose third

Still no waist stripes. Sorry, but the Sharks players have made it known that they think waist stripes hinder their performance.

All three jerseys use the team’s original logo as the crest and the current shark fin alternate mark as a shoulder patch.

The home and road use striping patterns reminiscent of the team’s original uniforms.

The alternate looks more like what the Sharks wore before the Reebok era, using a template that really seems to play off of the team’s name. It definitely looks like something you would expect a team called the Sharks to wear.

 

Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver home

Vancouver road

Step 1: Take Vancouver’s original jerseys.

Step 2: Use the Johnny Canuck logo as the primary crest.

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

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MLB Power Rankings after the Trade Deadline

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It was certainly an exciting trade deadline – 18 deals were made – and it should be an even more exciting stretch run.

Wild Card spots and division titles are up for grabs with just two months left in the season. Which teams’ moves position them for the most success?

 

30. Atlanta Braves

Atlanta didn’t really do anything at the deadline because, frankly, they had nothing to sell. They still are looking for win No. 40 on the year and at this pace, it may take a week or two.

29. Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati has been having a disastrous season. Now, they have to wait out these last two months without All Star Jay Bruce, who was traded to the Mets.

28. San Diego Padres

Home run records are fun, but they’re not that great when you’re not winning. And you’re not going to win when your pitching rotation is headlined by Edwin Jackson and Jarred Cosart.

27. Arizona Diamondbacks

According to the preseason prognostications at this point, Arizona was supposed to be locked in a three-way race with the Giants and Dodgers for the West at this point. Instead, they’re 20 games under the .500 mark.

26. Oakland Athletics

The rebuild is in full swing in Oakland, as the Athletics shipped off Billy Burns, Josh Reddick and Rich Hill.

25. Milwaukee Brewers

The future looks great for the Brewers, who got solid returns for Jonathan Lucroy, Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith.

The present? Well, to give you an idea, Hernan Perez hit third for Milwaukee on Monday.

24. Minnesota Twins

All the Twins did at the deadline was upgrade their current pitching rotation by swapping out Ricky Nolasco for Hector Santiago.

Nice move, but when you’re nine games behind the next-worst team in your division, it’s probably not going to make much of a difference.

23. Tampa Bay Rays

On paper, the Rays looks so much better than what their 42-62 record suggests. They did, however, get a really good return from San Francisco in exchange for Matt Moore.

22. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Angels came out of the gates red-hot after the All Star break. They’ve certainly cooled off since then, returning to their battle with the Oakland Athletics for the rest of the year.

21. New York Yankees

While the three-headed monster in the back end of the bullpen has been broken up, Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren can fill the voids left by Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller fairly well for the rest of the year.

The offense is going to be a huge problem for the remainder of this season, but for the Yankees, it’s worth it. This year’s fire sale has given them probably the best farm system in baseball.

20. Philadelphia Phillies

Not much to see here. At least, for their own sake, they’re not stuck in the cellar again. Maybe another step forward is on the horizon next season?

19. Kansas City Royals

Last year’s champs have mailed it in. Sitting at 50-55 and 8.5 games back of a playoff berth, it looks like the Royals will fail to defend their crown.

18. Chicago White Sox

Even after the jersey-cutting incident, Chris Sale didn’t end up getting traded. Neither did anyone else except relief pitcher Zach Duke.

17. Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh’s return for closer Mark Melancon was puzzling. The Pirates did not get much back from the Washington Nationals in the deal, especially when compared to what other teams received for relievers like Aroldis Chapman, Will Smith and Andrew Miller.

16. Seattle Mariners

Seattle played some promising baseball earlier in the year, but the M’s have fallen back into mediocrity as time has ticked on. Expect them to finish right around the .500 mark.

15. Colorado Rockies

Don’t look now, but the Rockies are trying to get into the Wild Card conversation.

Well, they were. News broke Tuesday afternoon that rookie shortstop sensation Trevor Story will miss the rest of the season. So much for that.

14. New York Mets

The pitching staff hasn’t been as fun as it was supposed to be with Matt Harvey’s struggles, but Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are still having solid seasons.

The Mets have struggled immensely at the plate, but the addition of Jay Bruce should quell some of their offensive issues.

13. Houston Astros

The Astros looked like they were about to pounce on first place in the AL West. Then, they were manhandled over the weekend in Detroit and are on the outside looking in in terms of the Wild Card race.

12. St. Louis Cardinals

It’s been an odd year in the Gateway City. St. Louis has been horrendous at home but solid on the road. Second place in the NL Central may be sewn up, but there may be too much competition to get a Wild Card spot.

Then again, doubting the Cardinals is never a smart thing.

11. Miami Marlins

Trading for Andrew Cashner solidified a pitching rotation that already consisted of a superstar in Jose Fernandez and a young stud in Adam Conley. With an explosive offense, the Marlins could certainly be playing October baseball.

10. Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays needed starting pitching at the deadline, so they went and got Francisco Liriano.

While Liriano will be a nice addition, Aaron Sanchez, the American League’s ERA leader, has been inexplicably pushed to the bullpen. Why?

9. Boston Red Sox

Getting swept at home by Detroit last week was not good for Boston’s playoff hopes, but this roster certainly has the depth and star power to win the AL East or, at the very least, get a Wild Card berth.

8. Detroit Tigers

While catching Cleveland for the AL Central crown may be tough, Detroit is the hottest team in baseball right now. Instead of making moves, the Tigers are waiting for Jordan Zimmermann, J.D. Martinez and Daniel Norris to return from injuries and help lead them to at least a spot in the Wild Card Game.

7. Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles may have the best offense in baseball, but their pitching staff still has a lot of question marks around it. In order to improve the rotation, they added…Wade Miley. Not sure if he’s going to make a huge difference.

6. Los Angeles Dodgers

Even without Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers have been rolling right along and are right on San Francisco’s tail in the NL West.

To make things better at the plate and on the mound, they went out and grabbed Josh Reddick and Rich Hill.

5. San Francisco Giants

Although San Francisco has been cold lately, the additions of Matt Moore and Will Smith should give the Giants quite the boost. They will go into the playoffs as one of the favorites to win it all once again.

4. Washington Nationals

The Nationals didn’t have to give up much to get a top-tier closer in Mark Melancon, addressing a glaring need. They are now in position to cruise to their third division title in five seasons.

3. Cleveland Indians

The Indians may not have been able to land Jonathan Lucroy, but they got an arguably more important piece in Andrew Miller. This team doesn’t really have any weaknesses, but losing Cy Young hopeful Danny Salazar for a few weeks could set the Tribe back a little bit.

2. Chicago Cubs

The best team in baseball went out and added the best closer in baseball. The lineup has no holes and Kyle Hendricks is suddenly becoming a very reliable starting pitcher. Could the North Side finally see a World Championship? The dream seems to be getting closer and closer.

1. Texas Rangers

Take a look at tonight’s lineup:

LF Jurickson Profar
CF Ian Desmond
DH Carlos Beltran
3B Adrian Beltre
2B Rougned Odor
C Jonathan Lucroy
RF Nomar Mazara
1B Mitch Moreland
SS Elvis Andrus

And that’s without an injured Shin-Soo Choo.

This is one of the deepest batting orders we have seen in recent history. At the same time, Texas’s pitching staff is headlined by two ace-quality pitchers in Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels.

The Rangers would have liked to add another starting pitcher at the deadline, but they should be just fine with Beltran and Lucroy.

As of right now, Texas is the favorite to win the World Series, without question.