I'm going to say something here that most fans are going to take as blasphemy. The new jerseys that the Devils have debuted really aren't all that bad. That might be a tough argument to support while looking at this online store-esque mock-up that looks like a cheap, corny long sleeve t-shirt that you would stash in your closet for the foreseeable future after gritting a smile while opening it on Christmas...
However, I'm of the opinion that they appear to be a rather sleek alteration to a traditional look when seen in the actual element in which they matter...on the backs of the players that will be wearing them bi-weekly come October...
Now admittedly, there are few reasons why I wasn't about to throw my computer on the ground and jump up and down on it like an angry toddler who was denied his favorite cereal.
For one, when I originally heard that the Devils were changing their uniforms the mental images that popped in my head would have had Lou Lamoriello waking up in a cold sweat. The fact that the logo, colors, and general layout remain unchanged was enough to make me breathe deeply instead of bitch loudly.
Secondly, this is far too exciting of a time for Devils fans to be sitting here whining about a missing inch and a half of black fabric on opposable shoulder blades. Excuse me for my unmitigated optimism, but the Devils have the first overall pick in the NHL draft in TWO days. So no, you won't catch me whining about the slightest of changes to a jersey when that jersey is (hopefully) getting pulled over the head of their future #1 center. Especially since vehemently hating it isn't going to change it anytime soon.
Lastly, some of these changes are...::audible gasp::...actually good. To say that the red collar, enlarged arm bands, and absence of an apron stripe give the jersey a cleaner, sharper (though not necessary better) look doesn't make you a bad fan with no sense of history...it makes you person with working eyeballs.
They'll definitely still take some time to get used to, but how about we see them on the ice one single time before we claim that they have been ruined forever with relatively minor tweaks. If they are fire enough for Taylor Hall (who definitely wasn't asked by the franchise to defend them on a public forum) then they are fire enough for me...