Top-10 NHL stories of 2015, reasons behind the Predators’ offensive struggle, ominous signs for the Senators and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: The collapse of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the trades of Evander Kane and Phil Kessel and the Edmonton Oilers winning the draft lottery again were among the top-10 NHL stories of 2015.

Is Sidney Crosby a "coach killer?"

Is Sidney Crosby a “coach killer?”

NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis calls Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby a “coach killer”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Funny how no one attempted to hang that label on Crosby at any point in his career until this season, with the Penguins in free-fall largely due to years of mismanagement. The same thing was said about Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin two years ago  (when year of mismanagement were also to blame), but with the Caps a dominant team again, no one’s saying that about Ovechkin anymore. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens star P.K. Subban recently hosted a surprise Christmas party for sick kids at Montreal’s Children’s Hospital.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Enjoy the video. Excuse me, I’ve got to wipe something from my eye…

TSN: Travis Yost suggests there’s ominous signs facing the Ottawa Senators over the remainder of this season.

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes and pending UFA winger Mikkel Boedker will open contract talks in January.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boedker, 26, is on a one-year, $3.75 million contract. He could double his money if he hits the UFA market in July. He’s on pace for a career-best 27 goals and 56 points. 

THE TENNESSEAN: A defense-heavy offense, struggles of their top-six forwards and a lack of finish are the factors behind the Nashville Predators’ lackluster production.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Despite the Sabres improvement this season, the Sabres attendance is lagging.

STLTODAY.COM: The late Doug Wickenheiser’s legacy lives on through his family, the St. Louis Blues and the charity that bears his name.

ESPN.COM: While there’s still no word from the NHL on expansion, the city of Las Vegas continues with its expansion preparations.