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Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins waits for a face off against the Florida Panthers on December 27, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 3-2 in a shoot-out. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) (Joel Auerbach/2010 Getty Images)
Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins waits for a face off against the Florida Panthers on December 27, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 3-2 in a shoot-out. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) (Joel Auerbach/2010 Getty Images)

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For most people, a new calendar year triggers some reflection and an opportunity to better one's self. Perhaps this is the year where you lose some weight, give up an unhealthy habit or spend more time with loved ones.

But for NHL teams, the new year comes at almost the mid-point of the regular season.

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Some teams are quite content with their lot, and are bearing down on a springtime run. Some are wondering what went wrong in 2010, and still others have given up on this season, and are pointed towards the 2011-12 campaign.

So, in the spirit of the new year, here's a resolution for each NHL franchise:

Anaheim Ducks

To wait patiently for our farm system to mature, and convince Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan to match our patience.

Atlanta Thrashers

To maintain our strong performance on the ice, and never go back to infighting owners.

Boston Bruins

To wake up every morning and thank God for Brian Burke.

Buffalo Sabres

To not be upstaged by the world junior hockey championship.

Calgary Flames

To rid ourselves of Darryl Sutter-conceived contracts.

Carolina Hurricanes

To host an all-star game that gets Ricky Bobby talking hockey.

Chicago Blackhawks

To win with who is here, and not dwell on who isn't here.

Colorado Avalanche

To play an iota of defence and give our potent offence a fighting chance.

Columbus Blue Jackets

To finally find a centre for Rick Nash.

Dallas Stars

To secure a new owner who resembles Tom Hicks circa 1999.

Detroit Red Wings

To stay the course (as always).

Edmonton Oilers

To outpoint our hated rivals to the south, then win a second consecutive draft lottery.

Florida Panthers

To improve our Mendoza Line power play, then win the draft lottery.

Los Angeles Kings

To trade for Jarome Iginla and become one of the best in the West.

Minnesota Wild

To stop getting booed on home ice.

Montreal Canadiens

To return to glory.

Nashville Predators

To finally win a playoff series (as always).

New Jersey Devils

To re-sign Zach Parise and learn from the Ilya Kovalchuk debacle.

New York Islanders

To ban reporters from the press box and fulfill mission of running franchise into the ground.

New York Rangers

To develop our core players (Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan) and refrain from trying to buy them (Wade Redden).

Ottawa Senators

To undo our franchise's curse on goaltenders.

Philadelphia Flyers

To acquire a goalie if Sergei Bobrovsky, Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton are faltering at the trade deadline.

Phoenix Coyotes

To realize a bright future in the Arizona desert under new owner Matthew Hulsizer … or bankrupt the City of Glendale.

Pittsburgh Penguins

To help Sidney Crosby start a new points-scoring streak.

San Jose Sharks

To make the Stanley Cup final (as always).

St. Louis Blues

To avoid another backward step.

Tampa Bay Lightning

To make the playoffs and serve notice to the East.

Toronto Maple Leafs

To never, ever, ever, ever, trade first-round draft picks again. Ever.

Vancouver Canucks

To beat the Blackhawks and win our first Stanley Cup.

Washington Capitals

To stop feeling sorry for our bleeping selves, take our bleeping heads out of our bleeping butts, and get on with the bleeping business of outworking the bleeping opposition, for bleep's sake.

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