Personnel changes in the NHL are routine.
Teams acquire players and lose them on a regular basis during the regular season, and that rate often accelerates in the offseason. Fans and teammates accept new players as a fact of life in a very competitive business.
However, uniform changes can be a much bigger deal, especially in the NHL where the color of the jersey and the boldness of the logo often resonates deep into the souls of those who care.
In many ways, we root for the laundry.
Long-time fans may forget who skated for their team last month, but they will never forget the uniform.
Teams make minor alterations to their uniforms all the time.
The Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins, for example, have added patches to commemorate their 20th and 90th anniversaries, respectively, in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings have dropped their alternate jerseys this year, while the Washington Capitals have changed their socks.
Seven teams have made significant uniform changes this year.
With the help of the NHL Uniform Database, we rank those changes.