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Yesterday, Connor McDavid was asked about his feelings on the NHL not participating in the Winter Olympics. As might be expected from someone who might as well have come out of the womb in a Team Canada jersey, those feelings were not positive! [Warning for autoplay video, which is a scourge upon the Earth].

“I’m really upset by it,” he says in that video, in approximately the same tone I use when asking my roommate to buy some milk on the way home. I’d like to take lessons from McDavid in sounding completely and utterly nonplussed, no matter what he’s discussing (Brandon Manning excepted). I can’t talk about the NHL skipping the Olympics without wanting to swear; how on Earth does someone who would be a shoe-in for Team Canada manage that level of calm? That’s good media training, folks.

Unfortunately for McDavid, Canada has already started looking in Europe for its Olympic roster. Yesterday, they released tournament rosters for a pair of pre-Olympic events that GM Sean Burke will use to evaluate potential players. There are a bunch of former Maple Leafs on those rosters, including Brandon Kozun, Mason Raymond, Carlo Colaiacovo, and Ben Scrivens. We’ll see if any of them end up making Team Canada.

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Bonus cuteness for your Thursday:

Watch this Instagram video of Jordan Subban owning his nephew (in a Leafs jersey, no less) at keep-away. Brutal! Yet still adorable.

Little guy still has ways to go before he catches up to his uncle

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