So much stuff is happening around Duckland and none of it has to do with the playoffs. We're done. Only a Gordon Bombay-esque miracle could save us now. Let's run down today's items:
-- Kyle Palmieri was recalled from Syracuse to likely replace Corey Perry in the lineup. Perry's status is 'doubtful' for the game tonight. As of this morning, Perry has not taken a shot or skated since he left the Dallas game. Bruce Boudreau said he's feeling '100 times' better today. Should Perry sit out tonight, his streak of 272 consecutive games played would be snapped. I remember the last time he didn't play. He lacerated his thigh on a skate. Pretty scary stuff. A few days later, he and Ryan Getzlaf were signed to identical-ish contracts. Ahh, memories.
-- Speaking of Ryan Getzlaf, he's playing in his 500th NHL game. Does that sound crazy to anyone else? I can't believe he's at 500 already. 500 games and 500 hairs lost in the process. Even cooler is that this is the 1000th game played by my beloved Saku Koivu. The man beat cancer and still managed to come back and play. His play reflects his tenacity on and off the ice. Hope he's got another 100 or so games in his system.
-- Playoff watch is over and now it's Justin Schultz watch. The highly touted collegiate d-man and Ducks property (hopefully) played his last game for Wisconsin over the weekend. There were rumors that he would be signed to an entry level deal as early as today and he would be in the lineup tonight. Signing and playing the remainder of this season would burn a year off of his RFA deal. Obviously that didn't materialize. There is some chatter that Schultz might decide he doesn't want to play for the Ducks and becomes an unrestricted free agent to sign with the team of his choice. That would be devastating for the Ducks as he's pegged, along with Cam Fowler, to be the defensive foundation of the future.
-- This just in: Nick Bonino (lower-body), Corey Perry (upper-body), and Luca Sbisa (upper-body) all OUT for tonight's game. Officially - WE GIVE UP!
I hope the Ducks at least put up some effort tonight, knowing they are likely out of the race. I don't want Teemu to go out on a half-assed effort by his teammates.