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Jersey purchasing advice from someone who never buys jerseys

October 26, 2009


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To contrast #2, some players build up enough goodwill that you can permit people to wear a rosterly outdated jersey.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 🙂
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

Hockey Orphan: Boston Bruins

January 12, 2009
Chara = unmitigated beast

(Definitely make sure to read the Hockey Orphan by Evan from Stanley Cup of Chowder first. My take is meant to be the fattening dessert after Evan’s main course.)

Evan covered the key pluses and minuses that come with being a Boston Bruins fan but there’s a few other things to think about when considering the Killer Bees.

Zdeno Chara, mountain of a man

When talking to my sports-but-not-hockey-fan friends, Chara is one of the guys who achieves mythical status. After all, is there anything more terrifying than a guy who ends up being seven feet tall on skates?

My favorite Chara story came from last summer. During the off-season, it was rumored that Chara wanted to be completely awake during his shoulder surgery to make sure that it was completed properly. Can you imagine being the surgeon in that situation … conducting a challenging, precise surgery while some Slovak monster stares you down?

That’s just so freaking manly. The shoulder surgery story was brought you by The Campaign to Make Mike Milbury Cry.

Phil Kessel
When Kessel came into the NHL, it seemed like he was considered something of a punk (at least by NHL standards). That image changed quickly once the American sniper courageously battled testicular cancer during his rookie season.

If you cannot root for Phil K just go ahead and jump off of a tall parking garage.

Fantasy hockey implications

Definitely cannot say that I saw the Bruins coming. Not to this extent.

But from a fantasy hockey standpoint, players such as Marc Savard, David Krejci and Tim Thomas are helping savvy (or lucky) owners get a leg up on the competition.

Wicked cool jerseys

The Original Six teams have the market cornered on cool jerseys and the Bruins are no exception. Great color scheme, the spoked wheel … it all works so well.

The unmatchable quality of their classic jerseys probably explains why they’ve struggled to come up with a good third jersey. That being said, their solid current third unis definitely look a lot better than those yellow bear monstrosities from the Joe Thornton days.

The Jacobs Factor

Evan touched on this, but the biggest mark against the team is its cheap ownership. Will the Bruins be able to lock up the red hot Kessel before he becomes a popular target for offer sheets? Can the team manage to either keep its two-headed goaltending monster (they are both free agents) or possibly make an upgrade in net?

If Jacobs is willing to pony up the cash, the Bruins could be the class of its division for years to come.

Grade: A-

Promising future, some very likable players (there is not one NHL fan who looks at Milan Lucic without a feeling of envy) and an awesome tradition. If only they mattered more to Boston fans with a slew of successful teams and to their polarizing owner.

There aren’t many teams with a mix of promise and still a hint of pre-bandwagon sneakiness quite like the Bruins.