As you all know I've been doing a late summer series re-designing logos for SBN's hockey blogs, and I've purposefully left the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers blogs off the to-do list. Not because I had any incredible ideas for them or anything, but I figured with back-to-back morning starts it'd give me something usable to post for the first two gamedays.
So to kick of this Finnish season-starter, here's the logo I drew up for SBN's Sabres blog:
This logo's gimmick could have been better, but I was pretty determined to feature Buffalo's lingering (and rightful) anger about Brett Hull's skate somewhere in the logo, so I had the blade-wielder go on an angry message-carving rampage. I like the idea that he scratched cartoon-swear marks instead of actually swearing, though -- that's some solid self-control right there. :)
Once again, the blog name lettering is the strongest part of this one. There's an old-school buffalo-head logo for the "D", a new-school Buffaslug for the "B", and then it even the referenced sabre-blade is incorporated.
Overall, satisfactory! But you know what? I could have drawn a better Buffaslug. In fact, I did. A bonus cartoon after the jump!
Now I don't want to overstate the importance of Game One of an 82-game schedule, but check out how the Ducks have fared in their last five season openers, plus what their end result has been:
|Season||Game 1 Score||Won Stanley Cup?|
|2010-11||0 - 4||No|
|2009-10||1 - 4||No|
|2008-09||1 - 4||No|
|2007-08||1 - 4||No|
|2006-07||4 - 3||Yes|
Seems like an eerily strong correlation to me. :)
Prediction: Nobody's making me watch this game delayed, so I'll be around for comments this morning -- should be fun. Ducks 4, Sabres 3. Sprinkles of salt by Lucamir Sbisnovsky (both of them), Smellypants, and Koivu.