With Hanukkah underway and Christmas just around the corner, it's a time for gifts to be handed out, and here are a few items of business that are at the top of NHL teams' wish lists on Christmas Eve.
There are the usual suspects, like health and productive superstars, who have either been bitten by the injury bug or experienced drops in scoring for various reasons.
In addition, there are teams hoping for upgrades in the areas of their lineups that appear to be weak as the 2011-12 season's first third has drawn to a close.
For many teams, their holiday presents came early, such as in the case of the St. Louis Blues, as Christmas came early on November 7th. That was the day the Blues appointed Ken Hitchcock as team's new head coach, and since then, the Blues have surged to fourth in the Western Conference standings, posting a sparking 13-4-4 record.
For hockey fans, the gifts are more obvious, as we have both the World Junior Championship and the Winter Classic to look forward to. Unfortunately, the holidays can be a difficult time for general managers and coaches, especially in cities where teams are underachieving.
With that in mind, here are 15 items that will be at the top of NHL teams' wish lists in preparation for Christmas morning.