Jersey purchasing advice from someone who never buys jerseys


I saw some photo of a Packers fan wearing a Aaron Rodgers jersey and it made me think about how nice (but risky) of a gesture that is. That made me think further: what jersey(s) should fans of each NHL team consider?


Here is my criteria:
1. A solid crossroads of obscurity and talent
It’s not very exciting to wear a Crosby jersey if you’re a Penguins fan or an Ovechkin jersey if you’re a Caps fan … so you want to get a sweater that’s a little more unique. That being said, you don’t want to wear the number of a guy who can barely play 10 minutes a night. Finding a good compromise between the two is ideal.
2. Longevity
This is a big one in a sports atmosphere where players change colors so often. Trying to find a guy who either has a longterm deal or is unlikely to leave is a key component to finding the right jersey.
3. General Goodwill
More in line with your fellow fans, general goodwill is measured by how your peers would react to that jersey.
Optional Categories:
4. Sentimentality
To contrast #2, some players build up enough goodwill that you can permit people to wear a rosterly outdated jersey. This does not apply to guys who leave on bad terms (so just go ahead and burn that Heatley Senators jersey or that Pronger Oilers jersey).
5. Hilarity
Special bonus points go for players who were horrible. You get instant respect from me if you rock a Tommy Salo Team Sweden jersey, a Roman Cechmanek LA Kings jersey or something of that ilk.

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Anaheim

Active
Teemu Selanne
Jonas Hiller
Departed
Guy Hebert
Steve Rucchin
Atlanta

Active
Bryan Little
Colby Armstrong
Boston

Active
Milan Lucic (even though it’s pretty obvious)
Zdeno Chara (breaks the rules because he’s super tall)
Departed
Bobby Orr (obvious … but it’s Bobby effin Orr)
P. J. Axelsson (judging from Cornelius’s man crush)
Buffalo

Active
Thomas Vanek
Derek Roy
Departed
Chris Drury
Daniel Briere
Calgary

Active
Jarmoe (he’s just too bad ass)
Robyn Regehr
Departed
Theo Fleury
Al MacInnis
Carolina
Active
Chad LaRose
Rod Brind’amour
Departed
Ron Francis – Hartford Whalers edition

Chicago

Active
Brent Seabrook
Kris Versteeg
Departed
Jeremy Roenick
Stan Mikita
Colorado

Active
Craig Anderson
Kyle Quincey
Departed
Pretty obvious, right?
Columbus

Active
Antoine Vermetteg
Jan Hejda
Dallas

Active
James Neal
Brenden Morrow (he’s just too bad ass)
Departed
Neal Broten – North Stars
Mike Modano – in his prime (just kidding)
Sergei Zubov
Detroit

Active
Darren Helm
Johan Franzen
Departed
There’s about a million
Edmonton

Active
Sam Gagner
Ales Hemsky
Departed
Again, lots. See: the 1980’s
Florida

Active
David Booth
Tomas Vokoun
Departed
Bieser

Los Angeles


Active
Dustin Brown
Drew Doughty
Departed
Kelly Hrudey
Luc Robitaille
Minnesota

Active
Miikko Koivu
Brent Burns
Montreal

Active
Andrei Markov
Michael Cammalleri
Departed
C’mon
New Jersey

Active
Zach Parise
Departed
Scott Stevens
Scott Niedermayer
New York Islanders

Active
John Tavares (before fans come back out of the woodwork?)
Kyle Okposo
Departed
See: Edmonton
New York Rangers

Active
Ryan Callahan
Michael Del Zotto
Ottawa

Active
Anton Volchenkov
Mike Fisher
Departed
Alexandre Daigle đŸ™‚
Philadelphia

Active
Mike Richards (because he’s so bad ass)
Braydon Coburn
Departed
Someone who hurt a lot of people
Pittsburgh
Active
Max Talbot
Tyler Kennedy
Departed
Beyond the obvious …
(to me anyway)
Straka, Kovalev, Wregget, Kasparitis, etc.
San Jose
Active
M.E. Vlasic
Joe Pavelski IF he re-signs
St. Louis

Active
T.J. Oshie
Erik Johnson
Departed
Adam Oates
Brett Hull
Al MacInnis
Tampa Bay

Active
Steve Stamkos
Victor Hedman
Toronto

Active
Luke Schenn
Phil Kessel
Departed
Mats Sundin
Wendel Clark

Vancouver

Active
Ryan Kesler
Alex Burrows
Departed
Trevor Linden
Pavel Bure
Washington

Active
Nicklas Backstrom
Howeverhespellshisfirstnamenow Varlamov
Departed
Olaf Kolzig
Petr Bondra
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