Jason Allison, sidelined for the last two weeks because of a variety of injuries, said this week that he probably wouldn't be fully sound before next season.
"I don't think it's probable," said the Kings' top-line center, whose most serious injuries, to his right knee, have been compounded recently by hip and neck strains. "Maybe if I shut it down for a month and a half."
Has he considered that?
"Some days you feel like it," said Allison, expected to stay behind today when the Kings leave on a two-game trip that starts Sunday night against the Dallas Stars. "But as long as we've got a shot [at the playoffs], I've got to get into as many games as I can.
"If it ever got to a point where we absolutely knew we weren't going to make the playoffs, you'd definitely want to get yourself healthy. But right now, we still think we can make the playoffs."