Hello all, and Happy Holidays! I come to you sipping on a warm hot chocolate listening to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
Since we are all in the holiday spirit, why not take a look at what the Calgary Flames are hopeful for over the holidays. They definitely aren’t in the position they’d thought they’d be in, so I’m sure they are very hopeful Santa will help them out as we head into the new year.
Brad Treliving: A top-six forward (preferably right shot) who can skate fast, burn ice, shoot past, and check tight. It seems like the Flames are always looking for a top-six forward. My Christmas wish is that it’s Timo Meier, and not Josh Anderson.
Darryl Sutter: Five more Milan Lucic’s, four more Kevin Rooney’s, three more Nikita Zadorov’s, two more Brett Ritchie’s, and another Trevor Lewis in a pear tree. What’s better than one Milan Lucic in the top-six? Six Milan Lucic’s in the top-six!
Adam Ruzicka: To continue to rack up points. Ruzicka has been a revelation this season, and hopefully the points can continue to come in surplus so he stays in the lineup.
Andrew Mangiapane: Some more carbs. Mangiapane is fueled by bread, pasta, and other Italian carbs. He needs more of it to regain his goal scoring form from last year. Eat some bread, baby.
Blake Coleman: A few fewer minor penalties, and a few more goals. Maybe some pickle juice, too.
Brett Ritchie: To continue to score goals from the most random areas of the ice.
Dillon Dube: For the Flames to wear an alternate jersey all the time. It seems like Dube always hits another level when wearing Blasty and new to this season the Pedestal.
Elias Lindholm: Just to be appreciated more. He’s really heating up, and is on a similar point pace as last year. I think he’s still underrated by the fanbase.
Jonathan Huberdeau: Someone to finish the chances he creates. Huberdeau should have a lot more assists than he currently does.
Matthew Phillips: To grow a few inches. It’s simply not fair that Phillips has only played 12:22 at 5v5 in the two games he’s played this season. If he can magically grow a few inches, Darryl Sutter will definitely play him more.
Mikael Backlund: A couple shots of fireball (if you know, you know) and playoff success for the Flames. He’s been with the organization since 2007, and deserves to go on a long playoff run. Do it for Mikael.
Milan Lucic: Earmuffs, and another cup ring. That way, he can block out all the noise on social media.
Nazem Kadri: Just a bit of time off to spend with loved ones and his cup ring. Kadri has played a lot of hockey in the past year, and definitely deserves a few days off for the holidays.
Trevor Lewis: To continue having such a strong season. We love and appreciate our analytics darling.
Tyler Toffoli: For the Flames to use the “Tyler Toffoli” song as his goal song.
Connor Mackey: A few more games of Connor MackDavid—like the two-goal outburst we saw against the Blues.
Chris Tanev: Just to stay healthy, and for a hair feature in Vogue. He deserves it.
MacKenzie Weegar: To score his first goal as a Flame, and get some power play time. Weegar has been such a solid defensive presence this year, but is still looking for the his first goal. He’s got 58 shots already, and one has to go in soon.
Michael Stone: A lifetime contract with the Flames. We already know he’s coming back every year, might as well make it permanent.
Nikita Zadorov: Fewer minor penalties, and to be appreciated for his impeccable fashion sense. The most fashionable man in hockey, Zadorov should be on the cover of Vogue already.
Noah Hanifin: A few more points, and also a hair feature in Vogue.
Rasmus Andersson: A lighter workload. Andersson has stepped up to play some big minutes with Tanev being out for periods of time. Note: I feel like Rasmus Andersson is the type of guy to watch Elf every holidays.
Dan Vladar: “The Imperial March” to play every time he makes a big save at the Saddledome. Also, some hugs. I feel like Vladar loves hugs.
Jacob Markstrom: A return back to last year’s regular season Jacob Markstrom. This year has been a struggle in net, from playoffs last year to the regular season now. Here’s hoping he can return to Vezina calibre Jacob Markstrom soon.
Happy Holidays from The Win Column team!