Assume every dopey 20 year old already has a black Piazza shirt and a black Wright jersey. It's time to sell them some new items, and Wilpons I propose to you that there's money in that there blue and orange.
NHL reveals top-selling third jerseys entering holiday season
Two observations: First, and rather obviously, is that these teams released third jerseys with a distinct retro and/or traditional look. For many of them, that meant literally recycling older jerseys with a tweak here and there. In fairness to the other teams that released alternate sweaters this season, sometimes it's easier to remake a classic than to create an original.
Second, if these are the top sellers according to the NHL, then there's only one black jersey (Boston) among the top six. Which actually fills our hearts with hope, even if for a moment, that teams will shy away from the dark side in creating new duds.
How about it Fred & Jeff? Roll out the pinstripes (no names) for a few years and let teenagers buy some #5 jerseys. I'll meet you half-way and you can wear whatever you want on Sunday.