From Kevin Allen and Kevin Hascup of USATODAY
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to our readers. Here are a few gifts we wish we could give to the NHL teams we cover:
Anaheim Ducks: EA Sports’ NHL 18 video game, with injuries turned off, to remind the Ducks how dominant they can be once everyone is healthy and playing at 100%.
Arizona Coyotes: New home to call their own. This franchise has been in limbo far too long. They also need a veteran go-to scorer with leadership skills, three bottles of 100 proof confidence, a bushel of goals and few thousand more hardcore fans. It’s hard to know what to get friends who need almost everything.
Boston Bruins: The keys to the city with Zdeno Chara’s name on it. And a new contract. Because it’s superhuman that he’s still performing at a high level — and playing over 23 minutes per night — at age 40.
Buffalo Sabres: Fans might put coal in their stocking, but what the Sabres really need is time and patience for GM Jason Botterill and coach Phil Housley to put their stamp on the team. They inherited a team with no depth.
Calgary Flames: Peace on earth and goodwill with the mayor of Calgary. Discussion of this franchise possibly moving because it can’t obtain government support for a new arena seems too unthinkable to ponder. Work it out people. Compromise always works best.
What are you hope your favorite team receives from Santa…