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THN.com Blog: A holiday wish for each NHL team

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Ho ho ho-ly Christmas, it's the holidays again.

A time of year when presents are exchanged, wishes are fulfilled and office parties get out of control.

And while some NHL teams are playing like sugar plums, other clubs have visions of playoff berths dancing in their heads.

Here's a holiday wish for all 30 teams, whether they want it or not – because remember, it's better to give than to receive:

ANAHEIM DUCKS

A Chris Pronger doll to replace the one that got (traded) away.

ATLANTA THRASHERS

A bag of money for UFA-to-be Ilya Kovalchuk. And playoff tickets for the fans.

BOSTON BRUINS

A winger who can skate, shoot and score – but isn't named Phil Kessel.

BUFFALO SABRES

A solemn promise from Ryan Miller that he'll never, ever leave them.

CALGARY FLAMES

A visit from the ghost of Dion Phaneuf's rookie season.

CAROLINA HURRICANES

A do-over.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Cab chits and candy Kanes.

COLORADO AVALANCHE

That teenage sensations Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly never get old.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

A visit from the ghost of Steve Mason's rookie season.

DALLAS STARS

Whatever they get, please, oh please, don't let it be yet another overtime or shootout loss. They've got too many of those already.

DETROIT RED WINGS

Peace on earth – and in the corners. The Wings can't take any more injuries.

EDMONTON OILERS

A warranty for this year's version of Dustin Penner.

FLORIDA PANTHERS

A religious awakening to the fact that some teams keep playing hockey after the first week of April.

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Christmas came early for Team Turnaround, but if you insist, they'll accept a veteran stay-at-home defenseman and a No. 1A goalie.

MINNESOTA WILD

A new pair of hands for stone-cold sniper Martin Havlat.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Another hundred years like the last hundred years.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

That Music City would make more of a song-and-dance about hockey.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

The only goaltending record that Martin Brodeur doesn't already own: Most playoff wins.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Everlasting John Tavares.

NEW YORK RANGERS

A Marian Gaborik Groin Guarantee.

OTTAWA SENATORS

A Zdeno Chara elf.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Peace on earth – and in the dressing room for the reportedly in-fighting Flyers.

PHOENIX COYOTES

Fans and/or tens of millions of dollars to make up for annual losses.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

All they need is good health; other than that, it's all good in Pittsburgh.

ST. LOUIS BLUES

To play as well at home as they do on the road.

SAN JOSE SHARKS

A big, silver mug. But they'd rather wait until June to receive it.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

A five-year flashback to 2004.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Better forwards and a go-to goalie…but we'll settle for Brian Burke in a white beard and red suit. With a no-trade Claus, of course.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

A third Sedin twin.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Three wise defensemen and a latter-day goaltender.



Sam McCaig is The Hockey News' senior copy editor and a contributor to THN.com.
His blog appears every weekend and his column, From The Point, appears regularly. 

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