About those new duds ...

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

If you like tradition, you'll probably hate the Edmonton Oilers' new sweaters.

The club officially unveiled its new silks yesterday (three days after EA Sports unofficially unveiled them) and reaction was mixed at best.

Yech at worst.

Unlike Montreal, Chicago, Toronto and Detroit, the Oilers abandoned tradition entirely in a sweater designed to appeal to the skateboarding/video game crowd.

They actually don't look like hockey sweaters at all, more like a cross between practice jerseys and something you'd see in rollerball or an Arena football field.

"I'm more of a traditionalist for jerseys ... I guess that's all I can say," said head coach Craig MacTavish, clearly not a fan. "I think we're all feeling the same way, aren't we? I guess the players looked a little sleeker and maybe a little quicker, perceptually, but I like the old ones."

If you're over 30 you probably won't like them, either, but it's not about appealing to older fans, it's about making money and the Playstation crowd will be frothing at the mouth.

The bars around the bottom of the skin-tight sweater are gone. The bars on the arm only go halfway around (on the underneath side, for some reason). They've run piping down the front and instead of a straight cut along the bottom, it hangs lower in the front and back, like an untucked dress shirt.

"They don't really make a big difference, everybody looks a bit sleeker and a bit smaller, but they're fine," said Moreau.

"Kind of indifferent. It's no big deal. Hopefully the fans like them."

He's also more of a traditionalist.

"I like the old jerseys, but everything changes for a reason."


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