So I was disgusted by the news that the Third Jersey was being reported as being done. I called the NYI offices a few times asking to speak with someone in marketing. After being completely dismissed by Lauren Margiotta, Marketing Coordinator - who refused to discuss the new sweater in any way and repeatedly directed me to "Email customer service" - I called and asked for Terry Goldstein, Director of Retail Operations.
I got through to Mr. Goldstein and he was initially frustrated by the call, and attempted to tell me that with the recession and other problems in the world, a third jersey was something no one should be worrying about. I explained, after a little contentious back and forth, that my way of relaxing and being distracted from the world's worries, was to watch my Islanders, and read the blogs and websites.
He then relaxed and began to hear my concerns. He stated repeatedly that:
1. the home royal and the away whites were not going anywhere for many years.
2. the black design is not official, and that "anyone can photoshop" - but at no point did he deny that the one being shown on this site and icethetics (http://www.icethetics.info/blog/2011/8/21/new-looks-for-a-new-season.html) is not final.
3. the process was a top to bottom organizational decision involving eight players who modeled and had input on the different variants.
4. in referencing the Montreal Canadiens 100th year anniversary jerseys, he stated that many of those variants infuriated that franchises fans. He indicated that third jerseys come and go - and that as long as the primary home and away looks didn't change - things would be fine.
Overall, he was courteous and took time out of his day to hear my concerns. I truly appreciate that! As for the black third jersey - it sucks!