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Steigerwald's making a list, checking it twice

| Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002

Dear Santa,

I've tried to be a good boy during the past year. Please bring me the following gifts this Christmas if you can. I promise not to lock you out next year if you do.

Thanks.

1. A win

2. Dick Tarnstrom

3. Elimination of the rules regarding curvature of the stick

4. Banana blades in my stocking

5. At least one prospect who actually makes an impact

6. A win

7. A few hits

8. Team defense

9. A new arena

10. An even strength goal or two

11. A power play goal or two. Not to be greedy

12. A better concept for the protective netting in NHL arenas

13. Four more years of Mario

14. A team shaman

15. The banning of cheerleaders at hockey games

16. Rink girls

17. Less promos for other shows on hockey telecasts

18. More replays

19. A win

20. A salary cap

21. More bad hockey in Washington

22. Worse hockey in New York

23. No Garth Snow on Christmas Day

24. My own bobblehead doll

25. A new arena

26. More free agency

27. No more guaranteed contracts

28. Less loud recorded music, more organ music at hockey games

29. Or earplugs

30. An elevator that goes all the way up to the press box in the new arena

31. The Canadian version of Sportscenter complete with more NHL, less NBA highlights

32. A win

33. An NHL rulebook that is actually enforced

34. A Mr. Hockey tabletop rod-hockey game like the one I had in 1969

35. A healthy Rick Tocchet

36. Tim Horton

37. A Tim Horton donut

38. More mooooooose. Less boooooooo

39. Someone who crashes the net

40. A Penguins sweater

41. No New Jersey

42. A future star in return for Kovalev when he is traded

43. Many many more years of NHL hockey in Pittsburgh

44. A new arena

45. Bob Boughner

46. More quotes from Steve McKenna

47. Edso's hair

48. Labor peace in the NHL or peace on earth, whichever is easier

49. A win

50. Or even a tie

Merry Christmas

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