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from the Anaheim Ducks,
Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray discussed the dismissal of head coach Bruce Boudreau and the state of the franchise on Friday, April 29....
When did you first determine that this move had to be necessary?
I started worrying in Games 1 and 2. I started really worrying. We sort of rallied, although I didn’t think we played that well. I thought our goaltender played really good. And then we won three in a row. Game 6, we didn’t play well whatsoever. As I said, the right passion was there in Game 7.
It’s easier to replace a coach than it is to replace 20 guys, but when you look at your two best players – their performances in these Game 6s and 7s over the last three seasons, is it a matter of having to change the core in any way?
There are definite concerns in that area. The core has to be held responsible. They have to be better. Maybe I haven’t been hard enough in the last few years, but they’re going to hear some different words this time.
What are you looking for in your next coach, and when would you like to have one in place?
I’m not in any hurry whatsoever. Yesterday, I met with the family. We had talked the night before after the game. I went down to San Diego, and I just decided, in fairness to Bruce, that this happen now.
from the Anaheim Ducks,
Ducks Executive Vice President/General Bob Murray discusses the state of the team and his mindset heading into Monday's trade deadline.
On if the wing is an area being looked at to upgrade
That would be a fair assumption.
On the amount of room the team has, financially, to make a move (or moves)
I’ve saved enough in my budget to do something if I think it would really help us. As you well know, we have a budget here and we’ve never been a cap team. Until our revenues here dictate that, it won’t be the way. I have no problem with that. Henry [Samueli] is very fair with what he does here. I’ve saved enough that if I think something is right, I can do it. In saying that, I’ve never been one to go out and trade my first-round pick. I get lots of calls asking me about the [Shea] Theodores, [Jacob] Larssons and [Nick] Ritchies of the world. I’m just not one to do that now. If I’m going to do something like that, it would be at the draft, where I’ll make changes to my hockey team.
On if there are guys available who can fill roles
There are a few guys, if the price is reasonable, that could help. I emphasize if the price is reasonable. I’ve given you an indication of what I mean by that. We think there are players who can help us in certain areas. Some of these guys we’d like to have for the future, too. LA does a great job trading for guys and keeping them. You have to have the room to do that, also. There are a few guys out there. A lot of pieces have to fall in place. But there are a few guys out there who can help in certain roles.
Bob Murray on Ducks/Drouin rumors: 'if you listen to everybody and listen to all the…we’re one of the front runners in that aren’t we?
Every time I turn the page I hear we’re making a deal with a certain team on the East Coast. There’s more than just him that’s probably
out there and available right now. let’s just leave it at that. We’re looking at a whole bunch of things. We know he’s there but
there’s a few others out there, too, that haven’t requested trades. Requesting trades on entry level that’s something new for your and I.'
Ducks GM bob Murray: "we were 1 game away from the Final just 5 months ago. So while this has been a terrible start I'm not inclined to
Make rash changes. I'm going to be patient. That said, we are severely underperforming as a group, I can't recall a time where a vast
Majority of our players have underachieved simultaneously and I fully expect a turnaround." End Bob Murray statement.
From TSN's Darren Dreger...
The Anaheim Ducks will have to win 52 of their remaining 72 regular-season games to come close to the 109 points and central division title won last season. With every loss, Anaheim, a team favoured by many to win the Stanley Cup, is inching closer to being a non-playoff team.
Bruce Boudreau will require treatment in a local burn unit based on his media placement on a hot seat that has reached lava-like temperature. The question now is will Boudreau be behind the bench for the Ducks next home game on Sunday?
General manager Bob Murray may have more slack left in the rope, or may opt to make a trade to shake things up. However, a trade can't guarantee success and it makes little sense to trade Sami Vatanen or Hampus Lindholm, young defencemen teams are interested in, unless Anaheim is getting quality young assets back. It’s too early for a transaction like that to materialize.
Bad luck, mistakes, an offence that has dried up with just 10 goals in 10 games and, subsequently, an eroding confidence are among the factors contributing to the Ducks’ demise.
If Boudreau makes it through the weekend he will have to steer Anaheim to a lengthy winning streak to get back in the hunt and away from the crosshairs that target him as the NHL's next coaching casualty.
Continued with discussion of Travis Green's readiness to coach at the NHL level, William Nylander's development with the Toronto Marlies and a note about the gentleman who swiped a puck from a young Pittsburgh Penguins fan last night.
A certain fan base that visits Kukla's Korner regularly reacted to Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney's suggestion that it would be "difficult" to part with Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, but that just about everyone else on his team's roster is available, means that OEL is on the move, but even the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch doesn't belive that to be true--though he does have some news about the Coyotes' would-be fire sale:
In summary, captain Shane Doan won’t be going anywhere, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is doubtful to be moved (but could be) and if teams are willing to pay the price then pretty much everybody else is on the market. However, buyers should beware.
For example, centre Antoine Vermette will be going somewhere by the March 2 deadline and he’s highly-sought after. The talk amongst NHL executives is when the Senators made a call, the asking price may have been top-prospect Curtis Lazar or another high-end prospect.
For a rental? Thanks, but no thanks for the Senators, but that doesn’t mean some contender won’t pay it.
Defenceman Keith Yandle, a year away from unrestricted free agency, is also drawing a lot of interest. The Coyotes will want two pieces and a pick in return for him but Maloney hasn’t given teams interested an idea of just how big he wants those two pieces to be.
“If you can get Yandle at this deadline you can get him for two playoff runs,” noted a league executive. “This isn’t an easy move but you’re getting a guy who can play 20-plus minutes and is pretty good offensively.”
Garrioch continues, discussing the Leafs' possible attempts to move Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, Martin Brodeur's retirement as a Blue, and this:
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Staal, Myers, and more! The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch also offers the following rumors:
The St. Louis Blues could fire coach Ken Hitchcock if his team isn’t able to get its act together quickly. The heat is definitely on Hitchcock after an early playoff exit last spring and the club brought in Bob Gainey to act as a mentor. The Blues signed centre Paul Statsny in the off-season and expect to be better. If they don’t buy into Hitchcock’s program soon, you would have to think changes are coming ... With the World Cup of Hockey set to return in 2016 in Toronto, the committee has spoken with organizers of the Toronto International Film about overlapping their last week with the tournament. Not sure TIFF needs the exposure but it would be a good fit for the NHL and NHLPA to get more notice ... Confirm or deny: The Coyotes and the Senators had discussions about defenceman Jared Cowen ... A league executive said Friday teams will start to get nervous at the 20-game mark. “You don’t really know what you’ve got after 10 games. You have a pretty good idea after 20,” he said.
Garrioch continues and suggests that Martin Brodeur is still dead-set on being a #1 goaltender, and I don't want to post this, but I suppose I have to:
Bob Murray spoke with E.J. Hradek of NHL Live about an hour ago regarding the Ryan Kesler trade.
"There's not a chance in hell that I'm moving Jonas Hiller. "I'm tired of hearing about the rumors. I can tell you Jonas is not going anywhere."
-Bob Murray, GM of the Anaheim Ducks. A bit more from Pierre LeBurn of ESPN.
from David Ashenfelter of the Detroit Free Press,
Rachel Paris says the general manager of the Anaheim Ducks threw a chair at her and injured her in a fit of anger over his team’s loss to the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2009.
But Bob Murray and two of his top assistants say they have no idea what Paris is talking about.
Lawyers on both sides of the dispute will select a jury today in U.S. District Court in Detroit to decide who is telling the truth in a lawsuit filed by Paris.
“She’s lost her house, she’s lost her car and she hasn’t been able to work,” Paris’ lawyer, Mayer Morganroth of Birmingham, said Monday. He said Paris suffered debilitating injuries that have prevented her from working.
Murray’s lawyer, Steven Potter of Auburn Hills, said the accusations are bogus: “We’re confident that the jury will make the right decision after they hear all of the evidence.”
Bob Murray on Justin Schultz: “I’m more confused than ever now. I read everything…If he had it in his mind he wanted to play in Canada..”— lisa dillman (@reallisa) July 2, 2012
More Murray: “OK, I get that. I’m a Canadian too. But Eric Lindros when he didn’t want to play in Quebec, he went to his team…”— lisa dillman (@reallisa) July 2, 2012
More Murray: “He said, No, I’m not going to play there and he allowed that team to make a move to get something for him.”— lisa dillman (@reallisa) July 2, 2012
“It’s especially frustrating, seeing as how when on December  … he sat with me in the first period in Chicago. During the first intermission we discussed the rest of his [college] career and him playing for us as soon as he was done because at that point in time, Wisconsin was not very good and we were not very good.
“So it would have been a great chance for him to play 10, 15 games for us and get a jump start on his rookie season. He said to me, ‘Mr. Murray, I can’t wait.’”
-Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray on soon to be UFA Jeff Schultz. More from Murray by Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog.
The Ducks have signed Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray to a four-year contract extension which runs through the 2015-16 season. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
“Bob has positioned us well for the future,” said Ducks Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman. “He has added youth to our current lineup, with several exciting prospects still on the horizon. He deserves the stability this contract extension brings.”
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
In supporting the eight-game suspension of defenseman James Wisniewski late Thursday afternoon, Ducks GM Bob Murray said his player “crossed the line” with his hit on Chicago’s Brent Seabrook in Wednesday’s night game at Honda Center.
But Murray also took issue with Wisniewski’s punishment of eight games as handed down by NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell following a morning hearing with the parties involved.
“First of all, we love the way Wiz plays and we want him to play the game hard,” Murray said. ”That’s how he has to play and he’s very effective doing that. In this instance, he crossed the line. He went too far and he knows he was going to get suspended. I applaud the league cracking down on these things.”
This via Pierre LeBrun’s Twitter,
Ducks GM Bob Murray just now on Quenneville: ``I strongly suggest Joel worries about his goaltending and stops trying to run the NHL.”
added 8:16pm, this from Chis Kuc’s Twitter,
More from Ducks GM Bob Murray: “I played in Chicago a long time. ... It used to be a black-and-blue town. It didn’t have whiners.”
“Olympic hangover?. Excuses are for losers. You knew the level of play was going to be higher coming out of the Olympics than it was going in. That’s just the way our game is. You have to want it bad. Bottom line, we don’t have enough guys wanting it bad.”
-Ducks GM Bob Murray on the play of his team. More from Randy Youngman of the OC Register.
“Unequivocally, I’m not trading him. My plan is to get him signed.”
-Ducks GM Bob Murray on the rumors of Bobby Ryan getting traded. More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Bob Murray inherited a lot of responsibility when he stepped into Brian Burke’s general manager shoes last November.
He also inherited a mess.
Already a key member of the organization’s brain trust, Murray was given the reins to a club that had established a winning culture and is expected to maintain it in the mad salary cap era.
To that end, Murray has largely steered the Ducks out of the financial handcuffs that Burke had placed on them in order to get the Stanley Cup in 2007.
The Ducks will enter the 2009-10 season with breathing room in the salary cap, unlike in years past where tight numbers resulted in the sacrificial player movement that saw Bobby Ryan start last season in Iowa.
While the players were on the ice exchanging handshakes, high above in an executive suite Ducks General Manager Bob Murray was seething over the controversial goal that ended his team’s quest for the Stanley Cup.
A Detroit Police report lead to an assault investigation involving Murray. An upset and angry Murray, the report notes, picked up a high bar stool and hit 55-year-old Rachel Paris on the left chest, arm and shoulder area. She was treated by first aid personnel and interviewed by police.
Paris said in a phone interview she was in the press box working as a stage manager for a media outlet that she would not identify. A passionate Red Wings fan, Paris said Murray was apparently upset over her enthusiasm and used a stool on her to express his displeasure.
“I was taken to the boards by Bob Murray and survived the hit. I felt like I was cross-checked and I didn’t even have the puck,” said Paris.
Should Murray be charged with a criminal misconduct? Paris said “no” and declined to file a formal police complaint.
added 9:22pm, On the hockey side of things, Bob Murray spoke to media members today, read the transcript at AnaheimDucks.com.
A press release from the Anaheim Ducks,
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Bob Murray Executive Vice President and General Manager. At the same time, Brian Burke has been named Special Consultant to Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman.
“Brian respectfully declined our contract extension offer last week,” said Schulman. “With his support, we decided to make the transition at this time in the best interest of the organization. Brian and I have been discussing his future with the Ducks for some time. Once he decided last week not to extend his contract, I decided Bob was the obvious successor and Brian agreed.
By way of TSN‘s text message breaking news updates, I just received this message:
“Brian Burke is out as the GM of the Anaheim Ducks. Bob Murray is taking over.”
TSN has that much info up on their site now as well. Updates to follow shortly. News conference scheduled for this afternoon.
Update 2:24pm ET: From the Toronto Star, this comment—
The Star’s Damien Cox reports that Burke will stay on as a consultant with the Ducks until the end of this season.
Update 2:40pm ET: More added to the TSN story—
Sources say Burke will, in this advisory capacity, have the ability to freely negotiate future employment opportunities as a GM in the NHL.
That would pave the way for Burke to be hired as president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the days, weeks or months ahead, if the Leafs and Burke so desire. And there is strong reason to believe that is precisely what will happen.
Update 4:05pm ET: Press release from the Ducks available here.