Fans who never had a chance to say goodbye will have that chance tonight when the Ducks host the Dallas Stars at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). Franchise cornerstone Corey Perry and fan favorite Andrew Cogliano will be in the house tonight, both being honored with video tributes during the first period. (Perry's tribute video will happen during the first TV timeout; Cogliano's during the second TV timeout).
They won't see their beloved No. 10 on the ice tonight, as Perry continues to serve a five-game suspension for elbowing Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis in the head during the Winter Classic. Cogliano, who wears No. 11 with Dallas, has played in 42 of 43 games this season. "They should certainly be honored and remembered with a smile on their face," said Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins. "We always wish them the best of luck whenever they're not playing against us."
Perry spent the first 14 years of his career in Anaheim from 2005-2019, recording 776 points (372g/404a) in 988 games. The 34-year-old was a member of the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team and won the 2011 Hart and Rocket Richard trophies. Among all-time leaders, Perry ranks first in penalty minutes (1,110), second in goals, game-winning goal (64), shots (2,870) and games, third in points, assists and power-play goals (103), and fourth in power-play points (243) and plus/minus (+76).
"The amount of success he had, from the Cup to all the success this organization has had through the years, he was always front and center with [Ryan] Getzlaf, Teemu [Selanne] and [Scott] Niedermayer," said Eakins. "All those guys along the way."
Cogliano appeared in 584 games with the Ducks from 2011-19, recording 233 points (102g/131a). Anaheim's Iron Man appeared in a club-record 502 consecutive games from Oct. 7, 2011-Jan. 13, 2018, a franchise record, while his overall consecutive games streak (Edmonton and Anaheim combined) stretched a whopping 830 games. Cogliano co-leads all-time franchise leaders in shorthanded goals (16) and shorthanded points (21) with Paul Kariya, and ranks fifth in plus/minus (+61).
"Cogs is a super intelligent player," said Eakins. "He's got a real good feel and beat on the game and his teammates. Just watching him in training camp, just watching the way he prepared for practice. An outstanding individual when it comes to being a pro."
Rickard Rakell says Cogliano was one of the best teammates he's ever had. "Great skater. He's always played the same way. One of the best teammates I've ever played with. Just a funny guy to be around. I for sure miss him."
The Ducks have gone 47-68-11 all-time against the Stars, including a 31-27-4 mark at Honda Center. Anaheim has won a club-record six straight home games vs. Dallas dating to Jan. 15, 2016. (The six-game stretch represents the longest active home win streak against a single opponent). Getzlaf ranks fourth among active NHL skaters with 54 points (14g/40a) in 62 games vs. Dallas.