With that in mind, in this edition of the Tuesday 10, I've decided to help some of the League's coaches, players and executives with their New Year's resolutions.
Wilson got that contract extension that he was seeking; now he's got to find a way to repair the club's badly broken penalty-killing unit. Entering Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers, the Leafs are killing just 73.5 percent of the power-play chances against them. That ranks them dead last.
Bad penalty killing is nothing new in Toronto. Since the 2005-06 season, when the League resumed play, the Leafs have ranked no better than No. 24 on the PK. In the past three seasons under Wilson, Toronto ranked last twice and No. 28 last year.
I believe GM Brian Burke was wise to agree to an extension for Wilson. The coach can return the good will by figuring out some plan -- any plan! -- to improve this important facet of the game.
Sutter wisely isn't waiting until the ball drops to put some Hollywood sizzle back into LA's offense. On Monday night, the Kings dropped a four-spot in a victory against the visiting Coyotes. It marked the first time the Silver and Black scored more than two goals in a game since Nov. 22 -- a span of 14 games.
Despite Monday's outburst, the Kings' 2.14 goals-per-game average still ranks last in the League.
If Sutter is going to get his new team into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he'll need to coax more goals from the guys on his bench.
Elite defensemen like Chris Pronger are hard to find and near impossible to replace. So, unless Harry Potter's got a gig in Flyers' management, the club won't be able to magically fill the void left by Pronger.
Realistically, Holmgren can search the marketplace between now and the trade deadline to find a solid defenseman to help complement an already good unit.
The Flyers have gotten by just fine without their captain to this point. Come playoff time, though, they'll miss him plenty. Holmgren knows that. I suspect he'll do whatever he can to help upgrade his blue line before the deadline passes.
Weber missed Monday night's 4-1 loss to the visiting Wings with an upper-body injury. His status is uncertain at this time. The injury most likely is related to a hit administered by Stars D Mark Fistric this past Friday night.
SOG: 106 | +/-: 14
While the Predators would love to keep their captain, they should be able to get a significant return in any deal for him. Before anything, though, the Predators have to know what Weber wants to do.
So far, Hunter hasn't been able to find the cables to jump start his star winger. In 12 games since the coaching change, Ovechkin has totaled just 4 goals and 8 points. That's not exactly the more-than-a-point-per-game superstar we used to know and love to watch.
In three of the past four games, Hunter has pushed Ovechkin back over the 20-minute mark. Hunter's willingness to keep sending No. 8 over the boards might be last best way to get him back to his previous lofty heights.
The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in September. The two sides -- the League and the Players' Association -- figure to begin discussions on a new CBA sometime in late January or early February.
These types of discussions -- for whatever reason -- usually push to the deadline. In this case, hockey fans can only hope the sides realize the urgency in getting something done sooner, rather than later.
C'mon guys, it's time! The speed of the game has ramped up to new levels in the past few years. A puck, a stick, a skate all can cause serious damage. If the most complete players in the game -- guys like Jarome Iginla and Sidney Crosby -- can get used to playing with a visor, everyone can do it.
Jersey's new coach has gotten off to a pretty good start in his second NHL gig. The Devils, who until very recently were without top center Travis Zajac, have found a way to gain wins and points, staying among the playoff eight in the East.
Still, DeBoer has to do something to repair a leaky power-play unit that's allowed a League-high 11 shorthanded goals. On Monday, Hurricanes center Brandon Sutter was the latest penalty killer to take advantage of the Devils' sloppy power play.
How many is 11 SHG against? Well, it's more than twice as the total of any other team in the League. And the Bruins, Kings, Hawks, Avalanche, Coyotes, Predators and Jets have combined to allow fewer. DeBoer and his coaching staff must find a solution to this irritating problem.
SOG: 83 | +/-: 17
I don't know if he can grab his eighth Norris (only Bobby Orr has that many), but he clearly stands among the best blue liners in the game today. When you're playing that good, why skate away?
After a terrific first year in Tampa, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is experiencing the other side of the job.
Around this time last year, Yzerman swung a sweet deal that landed him veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson. The 42-year-old led the Bolts to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals.
This season, Roloson has struggled to find his form, playing to a sub-par .883 save percentage in 18 appearances. The club's No. 2 man, Mathieu Garon, has been a bit better with a .902 mark. Neither goalie, however, has been able to hold the crease for longer than a few games at a time.
Going forward, Yzerman needs to focus his attention (and I'm sure he quietly has been) on finding a strong younger goaltender to work behind his team. That goalie might be someone currently in their system or he might have to swing a deal, but the Bolts need someone that can grow with the team.
In retrospect, they probably would have been better off making a stronger push to re-sign Mike Smith, who left for Phoenix as a free agent this past summer. Moving forward, Yzerman needs to make his goaltending a top priority.