Members of the Red Army celebrated the Senators' leaner, meaner new look last night but were split on whether it's a mere marketing ploy.
"I don't think it's very different," said fan Patti Gorr, who went to Scotiabank Place with husband and kids in tow. "To me, it looks too similar. It was kind of anti-climactic."
Caught up in playoff fever, her husband, Corey, bought season tickets and jerseys for twins Abby and Mackenzie, 5.
The family won't be getting new ones.
"I wouldn't buy it for the new logo," their mom said.
Melanie Godin, who toted nephew Jacob D'Ambrose, 2, on her shoulders and held his brother, Morgan, 5, by the hand, predicted both would want new jerseys for Christmas.
The pair already share a Senators-themed bedroom.
"They're gonna look cool," Morgan pronounced.
"If it's for them, I'll do it," Godin said. "But I'm bad -- if it has a Senators logo on it, I'll buy it."
Just 2O months after they last cheered their team, enthusiastic fans filled the 100 level and the rink floor.
Revved up by Red Zone fun outside the rink, including face painting, shootouts and kids' games, fans kept up the enthusiasm inside where flashing red lights, a smoke machine and a countdown clock made it seem like a game day.
They cheered Senators president and CEO Roy Mlakar when he called them the best fans in the league and promised a "brand-new determined look."
They greeted coach Bryan Murray with a standing ovation.
They cheered hard when players Brian McGrattan, Chris Neil, Shean Donovan and especially Jason Spezza, bounded onstage in the new jerseys.
A.J. Bal was thrilled by the off-season excitement and liked the new look.
"They're different, more modern and suited to the NHL now," he said of the uniforms, adding the logo "shows it's a battle. It has the cape and it's more 3D. It looks tougher. It suits the Senators."
Nor does the 18-year-old balk at spending $130 for a jersey. A "pro" version is $300 and one for youngsters, $90.
"You have to support your team," he said. "A jersey is the best way. Not only are you supporting the Senators at the rink, you're supporting them around town."
Rick Prashaw, 56, was curious about whether the jerseys could really help players go faster as the league contends. There's no doubt, however, they'll help merchandise move quickly.
"I'll be interested in what the players think of it," Prashaw said. "If they like it, I like it. I'm more interested in the results than the look.
"They'll have new sweaters to sell."