SUN Hockey Pool

Giving St. Nick a big assist

RANDY SPORTAK, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

Tis the season to be jolly. It may not feel a lot like Christmas in brown Calgary but having spent a couple of days in snowbound Denver, we're actually in the holiday spirit without the use of spirits.

So we figured it's about time to fire a list at Ol' Saint Nick to give him an idea of what the Calgary Flames could use under their trees.

- Jarome Iginla -- An endless supply of the elixir that has him on pace for more than 110 points.

- Daymond Langkow -- Respect from a hockey world that's constantly asking, "When will the Flames get a No. 1 centre?"

- Alex Tanguay -- He received his gift with a big contract and a regular stint with Iginla.

- Kristian Huselius -- Just a little more time and space to weave some more magic in the offensive zone.

- Matthew Lombardi -- Continued health. It's been a treat to see what he can do without injuries.

- Chuck Kobasew -- Whatever he got last year to score 20 goals. Or a cure for what's ailing him.

- Tony Amonte -- More time with Iginla and Langkow. He had a goal and an assist in Los Angeles while Tanguay was out.

- Stephane Yelle -- A bullet-proof body suit for protection from all the shots he blocks.

- Byron Ritchie -- Credit for claiming a third-line role when injuries opened the spot.

- Jamie Lundmark -- The game he displayed right after coming to the Flames at the trade deadline last year.

- Jeff Friesen -- Breaking his goal-scoring tie with the goaltenders.

- Darren McCarty -- A return to form of a few years ago.

- Marcus Nilson -- To have healthy knees again.

- Dustin Boyd -- To speed up time until he's ready for full-time duty.

- Brandon Prust -- Double airline-point coupons for the trips up and down.

- David Moss -- He received the best present he could ask for with a goal in his first NHL game.

- Dion Phaneuf -- A big chunk of Rory Fitzpatrick's all-star votes.

- Robyn Regehr -- A regular blueline partner.

- Roman Hamrlik -- A quick return from the groin injury that took him away when he was playing his best.

- Rhett Warrener -- Pie-in-the-sky? Full health. Realistic? To go at least 30 games without another injury.

- Andrew Ference -- Credit for stepping up his game with three regulars sitting out with injuries.

- Andrei Zyuzin -- Consistency when called on to play more than 11 minutes.

- Mark Giordano -- The continued development that saw him take the No.-7 role out of training camp.

- Richie Regehr -- That little bit more to keep him on the shuttle to and from the minors.

- Brad Ference -- As many days as possible in the NHL after a long climb back.

- Miikka Kiprusoff -- Enough rest between games so he can hold up playing night after night after night.

- Jamie McLennan -- More successful starts for one of the team's good guys.

- Darryl Sutter -- More hours in the day.

- Jim Playfair -- To survive living under the scrutiny of being compared to Sutter.

-Wayne Fleming, Rich Preston and Rob Cookson -- More goals and respect for getting this team near the middle of the pack in goals for.

- David Marcoux -- Another goalie with Kiprusoff's ability to work with. Soon.

- Tod Button, Mike Sands and the rest of the scouting staff -- Some picks beyond the third round to pan out.

- Gus Thorson, Morris Boyer, Gerry Kurylowich, Mark DePasquale, Rich Hesketh -- A salary structure equal to those players they care for so well.


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