Matthews returns to Arizona; Shero rips Devils; Jagr on his future (Puck Headlines)

• Happy Festivus to you and yours from your friends at Puck Daddy!

• Auston Matthews returns to Arizona tonight as member of the Toronto Maple Leafs marking a huge milestone in the growth of hockey in the desert. [AZ Sports]

• A look at the rink behind a Walmart in Arizona where Matthews developed. [Sportsnet]

• The New Jersey Devils react to GM Ray Shero’s forceful comments that the team needs to “play [expletive] harder” and his backing of coach John Hynes. [Fire & Ice]

• Jaromir Jagr talks about his career thus far, what keeps him going and if the end is in sight. [TSN]

• Bruce Boudreau says Jared Spurgeon is proving him “100 percent wrong.” [Star Tribune]

• The Ottawa Senators revamped defensive structure have made the team a force to be reckoned with. [National Post]

• Q&A with Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen. [THW]

• Chronicling women’s hockey superstar Amanda Kessel’s long road back to the national team after a concussion took her off the ice. [FanRag Sports]

• John Tortorella has turned around the Columbus Blue Jackets. Is it business as usual or defying expectations? [The Cannon]

• Jiri Hudler and Radek Faksa weigh in on countryman Jaromir Jagr’s record setting career. [The Hockey Writers]

• Breaking down the race for the Calder Trophy. [Vice Sports]

• Looking back at all the times the Boston Bruins DIDN’T fire Claude Julien. [WEEI]

• Evaluating the market for oft-rumored trade bait James van Riemsdyk. [The Bloggers’ Tribune]

• To beat the Arizona Coyotes, the Edmonton Oilers relied on depth in their lineup; something they haven’t done in a while. [Oilers Nation]

• Might the Coyotes rebuild be behind schedule? [FanRag Sports]

• The Knoxville Ice Bears played the Sled Bears in an exhibition game and got smoked. The event was to raise awareness for sled hockey. [WBIR]

• Fantasy hockey: Get Rickard Rakell on your team ASAP. [Dobber]

• Happy holidays from the 1992 Los Angeles Kings. [Puck Junk]

• Finally, take a trip down memory lane with some of the NHL’s best – past and present – reading lines from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. [Robert Söderlind]