So my wife bought me a Canes jersey for our anniversary, a nice red home jersey.
1) I live in Greensboro, but will be coming to Raleigh for as many games as I can. Where is the best place to get the jersey personalized? The Eye? Do they take them at the games and send them off to be done? When we lived in Florida, we went to a few Lightning games, and they do it on the concourse, while you wait. I don't remember anything like that at the RBC, so what is the usual procedure/time frame?
2) I am still on the fence about who to get on the back. In my heart, it's Cole, but I worry about trades/FA. He's 27, so the prime is right now, and he's signed for a while. I don't mind getting it done and having him leaved at the end of the deal (3 years?). but is he a deadline guy they might package elsewhere? I guess I just wanted to ask what his standing is with JR.
1) The Eye can do personalizations (the smaller jersey-only store on the north end). For iron-ons, bring it in early before the game and it's likely done by 1st intermission (unless it's a really busy day). If you want it sewn on, they have to send it off and it's like a 6-week wait.
2) I'm sure Cole is a safe bet. Probably the safest bet is Brind'Amour. I don't see how his jersey doesn't eventually get retired and hang alongside Ronnie's.
It's a tough choice to be sure. At one time I thought Jack Johnson was a safe bet and he went and got traded before he even left college.
On the sure to be retired list, there's Glen Wesley but he's so low key. Commodore is another good defensive choice. The best choice is probably Cam Ward. Very few players are untouchable as far as potential trades go (probably just Brindy, Staal and Ward - Cole's recent play probably puts him back in that category as well). After them, there's always a possibility depending on the situation.
Personalized jerseys are always risky. I have 5 game worn jerseys. One worn by LaRose that says Francis , one of a current player, one of a current coach, one of a traded player and one of a retired player. For the games, I wear the coach's jersey.
Cole wins, especially with him being one of the few to show up on the road trip. Oddly, I'll get the jersey done on Brind'Amour night in a few weeks.
I'm going to try to go to that game, too. I was trying to pick a game to attend a few nights ago right smack dab in the middle of our awful roadtrip, so naturally I was a little hesitant about going to an Anaheim game, but then I saw it wasn't televised and it's Brind'Amour night!