• The new color scheme: Idiotic. You’ve got one of the more distinctive color combos in the league — a combo that does not include light blue — so why go with this mood-indigo treatment? And where’s the red? Where the gold? Nice way to chuck the franchise’s chromatic history out the window. So is it good or is it stupid? Stupid.
• The new chest logo: It’s actually just a modified version of the head on the primary logo, but with muted colors (why??) and — get this — no whiskers! C’mon, whoever heard of a cat without whiskers? More to the point, the team’s original logo, much like its original color scheme, was unique; any idiot can design a circular logo. Looks like what the team’s AHL affiliate should be wearing. Stupid.
• The new shoulder logo: You’re kidding, right? You’re all fearsome and snarling on the chest logo but then you’re all morning in America on the shoulders. Not a bad logo for the local tourism bureau, but it doesn’t work for this uniform. Stupid.
• The new typeface: All the numbering and lettering on this design is rendered in a font I’ve never seen before. You can get a good sense of it here — the serif on the 9 is really odd, no? Could work, though. Need to see more. Too soon to tell.
Overall, there’s a lot to like here — matching stripe patterns on the socks, sleeves, and hemline, old-school shoulder yoke, no Bettman stripes, no Ree-box. But it doesn’t feel like the Panthers. This is a new-school team in a new-school city (at least by NHL standards), and trying to fit them into a traditionalist box doesn’t work. Not a bad design, just the wrong one for this franchise.