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What will each NHL team wish for this Christmas?

Sam McCaig looks at what each NHL franchise wants during, and after, the festive season.

Shane Mosley expects to fight Manny Pacquiao.
Shane Mosley expects to fight Manny Pacquiao.

In the spirit of the season, here's an NHL team-by-team wish list:

Anaheim Ducks: Blue-line help; specifically, the un-retirement of Scott Niedermayer and the return of Chris Pronger.

Atlanta Thrashers: Fan support at home games.

Boston Bruins: A soothing balm to ease the pain of last spring's play-off burn, when the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead against Philadelphia - and a 3-0 lead in Game 7.

Buffalo Sabres: A lifetime contract for all-world goaltender Ryan Miller.

Calgary Flames: A bucket of water to put out all the fires.

Carolina Hurricanes: More Staal brothers, to make it a family affair with captain Eric and prospect Jared.

Chicago Blackhawks: Salary-cap space, so the Hawks won't have to tear apart their Stanley Cup-winning roster. What? It's too late? They did that already? Oh, sorry, Chicago. Have a happy new year, anyway.

Colorado Avalanche: How about a lift ticket for Aspen - and in the standings?

Columbus Blue Jackets: Health, wealth and happiness. And please, please, please, a play-offs berth.

Dallas Stars: A brand-new contract for Brad Richards.

Detroit Red Wings: It would be nice if the auto industry were to pick up; otherwise, the Wings don't need a thing.

Edmonton Oilers: A fast-forward button to five years in the future, when they should once again be a league power.

Florida Panthers: Even more than Columbus, the Panthers need to make the play-offs. They haven't seen the post-season since 2000.

Los Angeles Kings: A bottle of silver polish for goalies Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier, so they don't tarnish.

Minnesota Wild: Some tinsel, so the Wild have at least a smidgen of flash and dash.

Montreal Canadiens: They want only one thing in Montreal, and it's the same thing every year - a Stanley Cup.

Nashville Predators: A sack full of cash, so the Preds can afford to re-sign their own free agents for a change.

New Jersey Devils: A do-over, a time machine, a magic eraser … whatever it takes to start the season over again.

New York Islanders: The first-born male children of former greats Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin, Billy Smith, et al.

New York Rangers: How about a nice centrepiece? As in, a top-flight centre for star winger Marian Gaborik.

Ottawa Senators: Goals for the forwards, goals for the defencemen, goals for all.

Philadelphia Flyers: A goaltending guarantee.

Phoenix Coyotes: An owner whose initials are not N-H-L.

Pittsburgh Penguins: A scoring winger who can keep up with Sidney Crosby.

St Louis Blues: An aspirin and a get-well-soon card for the defence corps.

San Jose Sharks: They want what Aretha Franklin wanted. To spell it out: R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The October model of lights-out Lightning star Steven Stamkos.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Six scorers scoring, five defenders defending, four goaltending kings …

Vancouver Canucks: A free playoff pass against Chicago.

Washington Capitals: A defensive commitment that matches their offensive wizardry.