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Duck Tales: The Leadership Edition

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Ryan Getzlaf has been nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Let’s hope he can lead the Ducks to a second round comeback.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Anaheim Ducks at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

DUCK TALES

  • Ryan Getzlaf is a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award, along with Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames. [NBC Sports]
  • Wayne Gretzky assures the public that Connor McDavid will “be fine” after being checked by Ryan Kesler. [Edmonton Sun]
  • Most of the conversation around the Ducks-Oilers series has focused on the McDavid-Kesler rivalry, but Leon Draisaitl is the Oilers’ secret weapon against the Ducks. [Gwinnett Prep Sports]
  • Comparing the Oilers-Ducks series to a chess match. [National Post]
  • Why John Gibson’s performance has been a cause for concern. [TSN]

AROUND THE NHL

  • The USA’s World Championship roster is full of promise and increased expectations. [USA Today]
  • Reviewing the performance of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy. [Canes Country]
  • What are the draft lottery odds for the Dallas Stars? [Defending Big D]
  • A Montreal bar has become “Chez Subban” in support of the Predators defenseman (and beloved/shamefully disrespected former Hab). [Puck Daddy]
  • The Nashville Predators are showing that their preseason hype was warranted. [NBC Sports]