It is getting down to crunch time for Mighty Duck rookie Ryan Getzlaf and number-crunching time for General Manager Bryan Murray.
Getzlaf, the Ducks' first-round draft pick in June, has hung around longer than expected in training camp, battling Joffrey Lupul for the last spot on the roster. Getzlaf either makes the Duck roster next week -- meaning Murray has to sign him -- or is returned to his junior team in Calgary.
"It's difficult when you don't know where you are going to be next week, or in two days," Getzlaf said.
Getzlaf, 18, has extended his stay by scoring goals in the Ducks' last two exhibition games. Getzlaf, 6 feet 3 and 208 pounds, will get another chance to make his case tonight at Phoenix.
"Usually a coach goes to the draft to shake the hand of a kid he will never see again," Duck Coach Mike Babcock said. "By the time the player gets [to the NHL], the coach is long gone. I have my bags half packed all the time.