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NHL making changes, so say goodbye to Capitals' alternate uniforms

NHL making changes, so say goodbye to Capitals' alternate uniforms

The Capitals have one of the best sets of alternate sweaters in the NHL. Their vintage threads that harken back to the franchise's first two decades of existence are a classic design but presented with modern flare.

But when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the official uniform-maker for the NHL at the start of the 2017-18 season, alternate uniform will be a thing of the past, and not just for the Capitals, but every team in the NHL.

According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Adidas will only permit each NHL team to have two jerseys, which means many teams will have to part ways with popular alternate sweaters.

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Multiple sources tell the Star Tribune that all NHL teams will be permitted to have only home and road jerseys next season as Adidas takes over for Reebok as the official outfitter of NHL uniforms.

There will be no third jerseys, in order to make the initial implementation of new sweaters easier.

The implementation of new jerseys will be nice, but wouldn't it be possible to add a new jersey without having to get rid of another?

What's wrong with having four jerseys?

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Jonas Siegenthaler moving to North America for the upcoming season

Jonas Siegenthaler moving to North America for the upcoming season

One of the biggest questions about Capitals prospect Jonas Siegenthaler is how he will adjust to the North American game. The good news is he should have plenty of time to work on it in the 2017-18 season.

Siegenthaler told CSN Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday that he will make the full-time switch from Europe to North America for the upcoming season.

Siegenthaler, 20, spent the majority of the past two seasons playing in his native Switzerland. Adjusting to the North American game is something all European players have to deal with, but questions about Siegenthaler’s ability to do so have sprung up after his brief stings with the Hershey Bears.

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“Here it's a lot quicker,” Siegenthaler said, comparing the North American game to what he is used to in Europe. “You can't always look for a good, nice pass. Sometimes you just have to rim it or chip it out. That's the biggest difference. You don't do that in Europe. That's what I have to learn.”

Siegenthaler was a standout during the 2016 World Junior Championship tournament playing for Switzerland. He is one of the Capitals’ most highly touted prospects, but he has not been able to show that potential in his time in Hershey. It also did not help that he was dealing with a family issue during Capitals’ training camp in 2016.

There is no better way to adjust to the North American game than to play it full-time. That makes the move to Hershey for next season the best thing for Siegenthaler's development. It also puts added pressure on him in development camp where he can work with the Caps’ and Bears’ coaching staff.

“It's pretty important,” Siegenthaler said. “It's a new chance to show what I can do, how I play."

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Did the Caps make the right move with T.J. Oshie?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Did the Caps make the right move with T.J. Oshie?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir disagree about whether the new deal with T.J. Oshie was the right move for the Caps. Plus, they talk about the team's other free agents, how they will address their need for a top-four defenseman, talk about who they like from development camp and open up the mailbag for your questions.

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