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KYLE PALMIERI DUCKS
The winger's invitation to the U.S. Olympic orientation camp last month wasn't a mere courtesy. The former Notre Dame star plays an aggressive, high-tempo game that makes him an ideal replacement for the departed Bobby Ryan as Anaheim's secondary triggerman behind Corey Perry.
COACH ON THE HOT SEAT
TODD MCLELLAN SHARKS
With three key veterans—forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, and defenseman Dan Boyle—in the final year of their contracts, San Jose's chances to win a Cup are running out. Another playoff flop will see McLellan follow those free agents out the door.
MARK GIORDANO FLAMES
The blueliner succeeds Jarome Iginla as the Calgary captain. While his game is devoid of flash, it is brimming with intensity, smarts and determination. The 6-foot, 200-pound Giordano's positioning and edginess help him overcome his lack of size.
IN THE CREASE