As kids (and maybe some adults, I'm not trying to crush any dreams here) eagerly await the gifts provided by a jolly fat guy in a red and white suit, I thought of another group of guys in red and white who could make my Christmas especially joyous.
From Dec. 14 to Dec. 25, I will mimic the pattern of the "12 Days of Christmas" song by asking for one thing on the first day, two things on the next day, and so on until Christmas.
But, as this is the season of giving, I'd love for all of you to give me your thoughts on what you'd like from the Red Wings for Christmas, so please, post away!
First off, Merry Christmas!
I hope that, whether this day has spiritual or traditional meaning for you, you take the time to sit back and reflect on all the great things in your life and celebrate them with the people you love.
After all, if you're reading this, you have a computer, and the means to pay for Internet access and probably food and shelter as well.
Tens of millions of people on this planet cannot even afford the latter. So, please, whatever your situation, take this day to understand you've got it much better than most, so enjoy and share what you have.
As this is the season of miracles, on this day, I'm asking for nothing but.
...12 Stanley Cups.
The Detroit Red Wings are the most successful US-based hockey team in history.
With 11 Stanley Cups and scores of winning seasons, they've given us, the fans, the joy of being a part of some very special teams and the ability to celebrate winning hockey's most cherished prize several times over.
This season, it will take a miracle to push those Cup victories to 12.
Though everyone figured the Wings would take a bit of a dip in the wins column after losing so many key players over the summer, it turns out that losing the players that remained on the roster is what has lead to the team's worst season in over 20 years.
True, it is not too late (but getting awfully close) to turn things around in a month's time, but the Wings should be nearly whole again.
But, even with players due to return, the new players still getting adjusted to the system and the extremely tough competition the Wings face in the division, as well as the rest of the Western Conference, may prove too large a hurdle to clear at the midway point of the season.
For the first time in decades, the playoffs are not at all a certain destination for the Wings.
And really, that's okay.
This team has given us so much more than any other fanbase has received over the same period of time that missing the playoffs one year is a disappointment we should be able to bear.
However, despite all odds, we should still be hopeful, still be faithful, and still be willing to believe in our beloved Red Wings.
Twelve Stanley Cups?
Getting that this year is not very likely.
But one thing is certain: sometime, perhaps even sooner than later, this team will deliver us this gift.
For as mightily as the Red Wings have struggled this season, they're still the best-run organization in hockey, perhaps one of the best in all of sports.
That alone, for a fan, is a gift in and of itself.
Enjoy this day my friends, Merry Christmas!
...11 day countdown to Zetterberg's return, 10 ferocious minutes of play in the first period, nine Red Wings resting (during the Olympics), eight seed position in the West, seven points for Ville Leino, six straight games without an injury, five players clicking on the power play, four wins in a row, three solid periods of hockey every game, two defensemen scoring, and a dominating performance by Pavel Datsyuk!