It’s gift-giving time in the NHL, where they already got what they wanted in St. Louis after the Blues capped an 11-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. So if you’re heading out for some last-minute shopping, here’s what to pick up for the NHL team on your list:
Anaheim: The best gift of all arrived in the summer when big, bad elf Chris Pronger joined Scott Niedermayer on the blueline.
Atlanta: Forget Christmas. The Thrashers are waiting on Easter, for their first-ever playoff series and all the eggs.
Boston: The last time Boston was in the final, Zdeno Chara was knee-high to Stan Jonathan. A taste of post-season success Â– or even a taste of the post-season, period Â– would put the Bruins in good cheer.
Buffalo: Two aspirin for Tim Connolly and video review for all playoff goals.
Calgary: Seven goals. In one game.
Carolina: A Â“Rod Brind’Amour Faceoff and Exercise MachineÂ” for everyone on the team.
Chicago: Give new coach Denis Savard whatever he wants. Anyone who can get the Hawks to go 7-1-3 in his first 11 games behind the bench deserves it.
Colorado: A Peter Forsberg doll, a Rob Blake doll, an Alex Tanguay doll, an Adam Foote doll, a Patrick Roy dollÂ…
Columbus: He’s not exactly jolly, but Ken Hitchcock has given the Jackets a rare reason to be merry since stepping in for fired Gerard Gallant.
Dallas: Give the Stars Mike Modano circa 1997, and Eric Lindros circa 1996.
Detroit: One elastic groin muscle for Dominik Hasek, with a no-sprain, no-strain, no-pain guarantee.
Edmonton: A stud defenseman who’ll stick around when the going gets good.
Florida: A calculator, so the team total finally equals the sum of the parts.
Los Angeles: If only the Kings could somehow ship Jimmy Carson and $15 million to Pittsburgh in exchange for Sidney CrosbyÂ…
Minnesota: The keys to Dominik Hasek’s house, so someone can sneak in and steal that new and improved groin muscleÂ…and give it to Marian Gaborik.
Montreal: First, they closed down the Forum. And now comes the news that Ben’s, the famous deli that’s been in business since 1908, has cured its last ham. These are tough times in Montreal, but Â– as always Â– a Stanley Cup would be an instant cure-all.
Nashville: A Whisper 2000, so the Predators can hear all the praise that’s being directed at them.
New Jersey: Some razzle. And dazzle.
N.Y. Islanders: The answer to the question, Â‘Why is every Islanders owner crazier than the previous Islanders owner?’
N.Y. Rangers: Jaromir Jagr Christmas Clones.
Ottawa: Havlat and Chara and Hasek, oh my!
Philadelphia: All they want for Christmas is Forsberg’s two ankles/Forsberg’s two ankles/Forsberg’s two anklesÂ…
Phoenix: Wayne Gretzky. As a player, not as coach.
Pittsburgh: Man, if only they had some young kids to build around Colby Armstrong and Ryan MaloneÂ…
St. Louis: Amnesia.
San Jose: Big Joe Thornton needs a big playoff performance.
Tampa Bay: Boy, do the Bolts need a defenseman. Or three.
Toronto: Regular appearances by The Good Andrew Raycroft and a complete disappearance of The Bad Andrew Raycroft.
Vancouver: A shovel, to fill the big holes up front and on defense.
Washington: A standing Ovechkin for Alexander Ovation.
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