It's that time of the year again, so here are the presents people in the hockey world should see under the tree.
-- A beautiful day weather wise in Chicago on January 1st. Temperature in the mid-20's with a slight breeze, no more than 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy would be good too, at least until the sun is out of the eyes of the goalie defending the third base side goal in the first period.
-- A little more media recognition.
-- A month without any controversial calls to make.
-- a 120-inch plasma HDTV.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville
-- Continued success, except when facing the Red Wings.
-- An appearance in the playoffs.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis
-- One more player, preferably a "goal sniper." Oh yes, a healthy Roberto Luongo
would be good too.
99% of the NHL coaches
-- The yet to be released DVD, "How to Relax Behind the Bench!"
Wings GM Ken Holland
-- A way to sign Zetterberg, Hossa & Franzen.
Thrashers GM Don Waddell
-- Finding a way to keep Ilya Kovalchuk
. Here is a suggestion, add a playmaking center.
Lou Lamoriello, Devils GM
-- A best-selling book, entitled "The Lou Way."
The Ducks' Bobby Ryan
-- A regular shift.
-- A team you want to play for. The NHL needs you, your game is still good.
To all the New York Islanders players
-- A six game winning streak.
Zach Parise of the Devils
-- A Lady Byng Trophy.
Maxim Afinogenov of the Sabres
-- A trip back to his past, like two and three years ago.
The Chicago Blackhawks' Duncan Keith
-- Finishing the season with the best +/- for all defensemen.
Goaltender Steve Mason of the Blue Jackets
-- A Calder Trophy.
Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks
-- A Comeback Player of the year award.
-- A well-deserved vacation.
Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog & Michael Russo of Russo's Rants
--Continue to keep your readers informed.
Alanah McGinley of Canucks & Beyond
-- A conference playoff matchup against the Red Wings.
To everyone else
-- A peaceful Holiday Season, one with much joy and happiness!
See you next week.