The Senators will have another new look on the ice this season.
After a year's absence, most of the teams in the NHL, including the Senators, are expected to unveil another third jersey to complement their home and away duds this season (never mind that for many of the clubs these new jerseys will actually be their seventh or eighth versions over the last few years).
According to an image obtained by Sun Media and believed to be approved by the NHL, the Senators' third jersey could look something like this: Black with red and white trim and the word "Sens" climbing up from the right to left on the chest.
"I've seen a sheet that had the third jerseys on it and it was stamped 'NHL Approved,' " said a source. "That's the Senators jersey I saw."
Third jerseys have been largely a hit-and-miss proposition for NHL clubs. They were introduced in 1995 and while some were hits -- including Ottawa's, which became its road jersey -- there have been some notable disasters (remember the pukey green Predators jersey; the Bruins' smiling bear on a questionable yellow and the Kings' purple number?)
The third-jersey program was shelved last season as the NHL dealt with the introduction of the Reebok Edge jerseys, which were billed as being technologically superior, tighter fitting and moisture resistant. The jerseys were modified halfway through last season after players complained the water-resistant feature led to sweat dripping into their gloves.
The Canadiens, meanwhile, are expected to wear as many as four different jersey styles this year as they celebrate their centennial.