With Thanksgiving upon us, each Yahoo Sports blog is taking stock of what they're thankful for while also providing menu suggestions and a sport-specific viewing guide for when you hit your couch. Share what you're thankful for on Twitter with the #YSBThanks hashtag or in the comments below. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy editor
Jaromir Jagr: The ageless former mullet master has bounced around the NHL like a loose puck for the last three seasons, but he’s one of the leading scorers in New Jersey and still breaking records at age 41. It’s possible he’s reverse aging like Benjamin Button.
Canadian Money: The NHL just signed a $4.9 billion television contract with Rogers Communications for the exclusive rights to the League on Canadian television for the next 12 years. Awesomeness No. 1: The salary cap is going to rise like a helium balloon, so congratulations to the Flyers. Awesomeness No. 2: Revenue sharing will turn those Canadian loonies into a few serviceable Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers.
The Buffalo Sabres third jerseys: Because no matter how crap-tastic you look in the morning, at least you don’t have gray sleeves and a super hero cape.
Olympic heroes: No, not like Sidney Crosby. We’re much more interested in seeing which obscure foreign league player becomes the new Tore Vikingstad.
Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy associate editor
Ageless wonders: Teemu Selanne and Jaromir Jagr both made their NHL debuts over 20 years ago. Here we are in 2013 and they're still playing at a high level. Selanne has already said he's retiring after this season and Jagr future is a year-to-year decision.
Darryl Sutter: Between the faces he makes on the bench to his quirky post-game quotes, there is no more entertaining coach in the league.
Fantasy hockey: When else would you desperately need Nick Bonino to score a hat trick if you're not an Anaheim Ducks fan? And when else would you yell at your television when he'd finish a minus-3?
Carolina Hurricanes barbecue from their tailgate party.
Some of Mama Malkin’s magic Borscht, the source of Evgeni’s power.
The CONSOL Energy Center pretzels that, after the first period, as hard enough to use as hockey sticks.
Beavertails, the fried dough pasty that lucky Canadians get to experience every day.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: NHL greats Cam Neely and Mike Richter are due to appear at the big parade in Manhattan. We quietly pray Neely’s on a “Salute To Sea Bass” float shaped like the Shaggy Dog car from “Dumb And Dumber”.
2013 IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game (NHL Network, 5 p.m. ET) Relive the American’s gold medal win at world juniors.
Vancouver at Ottawa (NHL Network, 7:30 p.m., Thursday): Watch Canucks coach John Tortorella get bitter about being an American forced to work on Thanksgiving. Well, OK, bitterer.
Edmonton at Nashville (Center Ice, 8 p.m., Thursday): What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with one of the NHL’s biggest turkeys this season visiting Nashville?
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