Santa Claus hands out programs before the game between the Canucks and Thrashers at General Motors Place Dec. 10. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
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:
A Chris Pronger doll to replace the one that got (traded) away.
A bag of money for UFA-to-be Ilya Kovalchuk. And playoff tickets for the fans.
A winger who can skate, shoot and score – but isn't named Phil Kessel.
A solemn promise from Ryan Miller that he'll never, ever leave them.
A visit from the ghost of Dion Phaneuf's rookie season.
Cab chits and candy Kanes.
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.
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.
A warranty for this year's version of Dustin Penner.
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.
A new pair of hands for stone-cold sniper Martin Havlat.
Another hundred years like the last hundred years.
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.
A Zdeno Chara elf.
Peace on earth – and in the dressing room for the reportedly in-fighting Flyers.
Fans and/or tens of millions of dollars to make up for annual losses.
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.
A third Sedin twin.
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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