Like many other players at various locales, Dan Winnik got the word early Sunday morning. Very early.

“I heard from Shane Doan at 5:40 in the morning and he said, ’We’ve reached a tentative agreement,’” the Ducks’ winger said recently from his Toronto home. ”I got another text message about 10 minutes afterward from someone else.

“Excited. Guys are excited to get back. I know some guys are leaving their cities already to go. I think it’s just the general feeling of excitement that were going to play hockey. Who knows? Maybe as soon as a week, which is kind of scary in a sense.”

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