Seven games remain in the season for the Ducks and it is safe to say that they won't replicate the importance or the atmosphere of the four Stanley Cup playoff contests that Nick Bonino took part in last season.
The season figures to end for the young center once the final horn sounds in Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome on April 7. But it would be foolish to say that the remaining games won't carry any meaning.
Bonino knows he will be watched closely, as will wingers Kyle Palmieri and Devante Smith-Pelly. The seven games will be about leaving a favorable impression in the minds of the Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau and the organization's chief decision-makers.
"Someone's always watching," Bonino said. "We want to show Bruce that we're not going to quit. As far as being out of the playoffs, that (stinks). Everyone wants to be in the playoffs.
"Everyone's competing for jobs. I know I'm in a contract year. I'm sure a bunch of g...