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New York Islanders Five Christmas Gifts To Give To Five Players

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Johnny Boychuk #55, John Tavares #91 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Johnny Boychuk #55, John Tavares #91 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 22: Johnny Boychuk #55, John Tavares #91 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Christmas is about giving. Well, not exactly. I like to think it’s about family. But gift giving is a big part of the holiday. Here’s what I would give to five different players on the New York Islanders roster.

I know that New York Islanders are millionaires and are getting everything thing they desire for the holidays. But I wanted to give a few of them something they can’t buy at the store.

Think of it like the Wizard of Oz for Christmas. Except that these players aren’t coming to me with some wish like a heart, or a brain, or courage. I’m going to them to try and figure out what they could use. Or at least what I think they could use.

My thought behind each gift? What would make their season that much better? Or what would preserve what they’re already doing?

For some, it might just be consistency, while for others it might be playing the same game against the same opposition at the same point of the season like the movie Groundhog Day.

Others are doing so well this year that they could use little more than a clean bill of health till the end of the season, while others might need some luck to get their season back on track.

This Christmas I’ve got five gifts for five players.

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