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SJHN Daily: Mukhamadullin Debuts, Fans Unite To Hate On NHL-Fanatics Agreement

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Finally, something in the hockey world that every fan can get behind.

On Tuesday, the NHL surprised many when they announced that Fanatics, a company which has long been the league’s fan apparel partner, would be their new on-ice jersey outfitters beginning in 2024-25, taking over the role previously held by Adidas.

It was first reported back in July that Adidas was no longer interested in being in the hockey jersey business, so the NHL started to look for a new partner. While fans and media alike speculated who could be the next company up, few, if any, believed it would be Fanatics.

To say that most fans are unhappy would be an understatement.

For years, many fans have mentioned issues with the company, such as mislabeling team and player names on merchandise, and even getting logos wrong on certain apparel. Others have criticized Fanatics’ high pricing, given the perceived lack of quality, too.

We can only hope that Fanatics has learned from the barrage of criticism over the years.

AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…

Erik Karlsson is continuing to show that he is deserving of the Norris Trophy.

The San Jose Sharks fought hard on Monday, but fell to the Edmonton Oilers in overtime.

James Reimer and several others in the Sharks organization spoke about his decision not to wear a Pride jersey.

The Sharks may soon regret choosing to re-assign William Eklund to the AHL.

Former Shark Kurtis Gabriel explained his real reasoning behind retiring this past September.

Many around the sports community and beyond have reacted to James Reimer‘s decision not to wear a Pride jersey.

OTHER SHARKS NEWS…

San Jose Sharks’ Erik Karlsson told reporters he was never asked to waive his no movement clause ahead of the Trade Deadline.

These three Sharks in particular are unlikely to return to the team in 2023-24.

Since being hired, Mike Grier has done a solid job retooling the Sharks prospect pool.

Andrew Agozzino was able to make his Sharks debut on Monday night.

The San Jose Barracuda are looking for fans to bring their dogs to the Pucks & Paws game on March 26th.

AROUND THE NHL…

The Colorado Avalanche have signed head coach Jared Bednar to a three-year extension.

Andrew Copp thinks the Detroit Red Wings need to start playing more inspired hockey moving forward.

Jeff Petry has been out of the lineup since taking a late hit last Thursday, but was back on the ice for practice today.

Aleksander Barkov told reporters that he feels extremely lucky to be a part of the Florida Panthers.

In their most important game of the season on Monday night, the Calgary Flames put forth a horrendous effort.

There is both good and bad points to consider about Kirby Dach returning to the Montreal Canadiens lineup.

The New York Rangers are looking as good as anyone when it comes to winning this year’s Stanley Cup.

The Vegas Golden Knights are beginning to get healthy in between the pipes.

Openly gay prospect Luke Prokop gives his thoughts on players refusing to wear Pride jerseys.

Ottawa Senators’ Dylan Ferguson kicked aside 48 of 49 shots in his first NHL start versus the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

 

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