Puck Yeah: Jersey sure

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

And while this season has become one to forget about, it's time to start thinking about wiping away bad memories with a nice new sweater for next season's opening night, right?

The jerseys don't come cheap. A personalized replica will set you back about $170 online or at the Blue Line team store, so choosing what to put across your back is a big decision. Fortunately, we're here to help.

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If you wanna play it safe, go with the captain. Rick Nash signed a lengthy contract extension last summer, so you won't risk being obsolete for years. Goalie Steve Mason is a safe bet to bounce back from a sophomore slump, and Jakub Voracek and Derick Brassard should be future stars.

Know your role (players)

If you're looking to stand out from the sea of No. 61 jerseys, find a favorite player who doesn't get the accolades he deserves. You don't see enough Andrew Murray or Derek Dorsett jerseys. I'd love to own a jersey honoring the backup goaltender of last year's playoff run, if only because you don't have to pay for each letter in "DUBIELEWICZ."

You're so vain

Avoid the temptation to put your own name across your back. It will merely confuse onlookers who think "JOHNSON" must be a minor league winger they've never heard of. It's a double faux-pas to use your name with a real player's number.

Old-school rules

These jerseys are a big investment, so it's tough to know when to retire them. The Jackets' history doesn't go back decades, but early players like Espen Knutsen and Ron Tugnutt are still a nice nod to the team's roots. Nikolai Zherdev jerseys probably need to go the route of his NHL career and head to Russia. And, of course, any Adam Foote jerseys should be burned.

Indecent proposals

It seems unlikely to work, but some female fans use jerseys to declare their intentions - Nash has been honored with a "RICK'S WIFE" jersey and heartthrob toughie Jared Boll got a "MRS. BOLL." Hey, it's worth a shot, ladies. These guys make good money.

Funky cold arena

The best personalized jerseys offer an offbeat reflection of the Blue Jackets experience. There's the No. 3 "CHILI" jersey, alluding to the three-goal Chili Chant. One fan's "BEER ME" jersey will come in handy if he's unable to speak. For my money, the greatest fan jersey ever is a salute to the facial hair of Fox Sports announcer Jeff Rimer, which reads simply "RIMER'S STACHE." You can top it. Get creative.