Welcome to the "Re-Imagining The NHL" project created by Cole Jones. Cole has been great enough to allow Days of Y'Orr to post his idea on different teams with his spin on them. You can follow Cole on Twitter. Please feel free to comment on the team below. Feel free to read the official announcement of the project here. Since neither Cole or us at DOY consider the Wild our "home team", we were able to get Derek Felska, founder of State of Hockey News to comment.
We've looked at changes with the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers and now defunct Atlanta Thrashers. Today we'll be looking at the Minnesota Wild, which Cole has some big changes planned for. Cole's Description:
Finally up, after weeks of trying to fix one of the most broken identities in hockey (in my opinion), I present the Minnesota Wild.
Tackling this team required a strategy. First off, the color scheme of red and green clashes so horribly in my eyes. It can work, in some places, but I just don't think it works at all in the Wild's identity, so that had to go. I actually like the logo the team has, and find it very clever... but the colors had to change. The other big issue that stands between the Wild and a good identity has to do with chronology. A team whose name and logo are so ultra modern that it's hardly even a noun (let alone a plural noun) should NOT try to dress like an Original 6 franchise. Nor should a team that never saw the 1990's, let alone the 1950's.
With this in mind, I gave the Wild some sleek modern threads and a color scheme that while and dreary has a very "Wilderness at night" vibe to it.
The original plan was to give Minnesota a green version of the home jersey as an alternate, but my girlfriend stepped in the way and said that it was too boring to do that, and helped me put pencil-to-paper on some ideas for an alternate jersey. I settled on a simplistic contrast to the ultra-modern home and road, meant to make subtle reference to the Minnesota North Stars, while still respecting that one team's legacy has nothing at all to do with the other.
I hope you don't hate it, because I put way way WAY too much work into this concept. It just further underscored how much I hate everything about the Wild's identity.After the jump, a vastly different Minnesota Wild...