We came up with a specific Christmas wish for all 31 NHL teams

Dec 15 2018, 9:24 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

That’s especially true for NHL teams, as the league takes a rare three-day break during the holiday season, with no games scheduled on December 24, 25, and 26. A league-wide roster freeze has already come into effect, meaning players can’t switch teams until December 28.

Here’s one specific Christmas wish for each of the NHL’s 31 teams:

Anaheim Ducks: Corey Perry hasn’t played this season after undergoing knee surgery in September. A return to form upon his return would help this team fly higher.

Arizona Coyotes: Please make this the regular home jersey once again.

Boston Bruins: This team has been battered and bruised to begin the season, but a return to full health for Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara would exponentially increase this team’s holiday cheer.

Buffalo Sabres: The Sabres will need continued help from the hockey gods in order to keep belying the numbers that suggest regression is coming during 2019 portion of the schedule.

Calgary Flames: Some production from James Neal would be nice, seeing as the five-year, $28.75-million contract he signed this past summer is the white elephant gift in the room nobody wants to take.

Carolina Hurricanes: All this team wants for Christmas are two capable goalies. Even one would do. Curtis McElhinney and Petr Mrazek are holding things together while expected starter Scott Darling tries to find his game in the AHL, but this remains a glaring weakness.

Chicago Blackhawks: Sending solid rookie defenceman Henri Jokiharju to the World Junior Hockey Championship means this team is not so secretly hoping to rebuild on the fly with the help of 2019 No. 1 draft pick Jack Hughes.

Colorado Avalanche: Let the top line of Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog keep snowballing.

Columbus Blue Jackets: The only thing that can make up for recently losing a game of Connect 4 to the Vegas Golden Knights is to string together at least 4 wins in a row.

Dallas Stars: Celestial beings are meant to play a big role around the holidays, guiding the way and all that good stuff. These Stars have been looking a bit lost, but some home cooking should do them well.

Detroit Red Wings: Due to an injury suffered by Jimmy Howard, the Red Wings recently had to dress a beer-league goalie as an emergency backup.

He’s a geologist by trade, but it’s probably not what the coaching staff had in mind when they talk about digging deep to mine some wins. Flipping a healthy Howard for draft picks is a more likely scenario.

Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid is making holidays wishes come true on and off the ice.

Florida Panthers: Heading into a Dec. 20 game against Toronto, Aleksander Barkov had drawn 25 penalties and taken zero. That’s the kind of behaviour that puts you at the top of the “nice” list.

Los Angeles Kings: The last-place Kings look absolutely lost out there these days. Their wish is reminiscent of kings of past – “Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide with thy perfect light.” Tall task for former star defenseman and current GM Rob Blake.

Minnesota Wild: This team deserves some extra treats this holiday season because of its blind hockey program that continues to grow in the state of hockey, according to ABC News. “The program involving the athletes in Minnesota Disabled Hockey is the largest in the country. There are participants that range in age from six years old to adults in their thirties.” Amazing stuff.

Montreal Canadiens: If the Canadiens can make table hockey a thing again, we will all be blessed.

Nashville Predators: P.K. Subban has been on the shelf for quite some time, and the game would be better off if Santa’s elves could bring some healing magic. Hockey’s just better when he’s playing.

New Jersey Devils: Cory Schneider has been putting the L in elf, failing to win a single regular-season game in 2018. He was recently placed on injured reserve, and Devils fans are singing “What goalie is this?” Our holiday wish, though, is “Come, thou long expected W.”

New York Islanders: Expected to bottom out after losing John Tavares in free agency, this club is somehow in playoff contention. More of this would be nice.

New York Rangers: As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Return of the King, we also hope franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist gets his due as a legitimate Vezina Trophy candidate.

Ottawa Senators: It’s hard to even know where to begin with this team, as 2018 has been truly one to forget for a whole number of reasons. Some well deserved love for young defenceman Thomas Chabot is a great place to start.

Philadelphia Flyers: Do not EVER let Gritty be tamed, even if it means ol’ Saint Nick takes a hit.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Maybe what this team needs is to fast forward to Groundhog Day, because it seems as though they gave up on Sprong’s arrival a bit too early.

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