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Murray Talks About the State of the Ducks

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 5:03 PM / News
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Murray Talks About the State of the Ducks
Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray took time out during the first day of training camp to talk about the state of the team:

On the compacted season,
Bruce’s teams have a tendency for getting off to fast starts, which is important because he’s taken over a team that’s notorious for slow starts. So, that will be interesting to watch there. We don’t have a lot of time. This is a sprint and you’ve got to be ready to go and compete every night from the beginning.

On how the Ducks got better in the offseason,
We set out to change our defense after last year. We weren’t happy with how small and pushed around we were in our own zone. That created a lot of our problems. So you bring in Bryan Allen and Sheldon Souray, and you’re bigger and stronger, you have more experience, you have leadership. So, the back end has been addressed.

As far as goaltending, Hillsy [Jonas Hiller] struggled at the start of last year. The heads thing just hadn’t gone away. We brought in Viktor Fasth, a very sought-after free agent, and we won on that one. So, the goaltending and back end has been addressed.

On relying on young players this season,
There are some very interesting debates in the coach’s room right now, I’ll tell you that. There is lots of talk about having young legs and being able to skate. The third line and fourth line will be very important this year because the schedule is condensed for everybody. We’re going to have to skate every night, so it’s being discussed. We have a lot of good young players. You’ve got Holland and Palmieri up. This is a big camp for them. You’ve got Smith-Pelly, Emerson Etem. Patrick Maroon had a great year last year in the minors and a good year this year so far. He’s a big, strong left winger and an offensive player. We want to see where he fits. We have some options with young guys, for sure, and we want to give them the opportunity.

On making any moves before opening night,
You always want to see what it’s like out there. We feel Nick Bonino deserves the opportunity to have a bigger role. He’s done a lot of work off the ice. When you see him, you’ll know the work he’s put in. You want to see that first, but you don’t have a lot of time. We’re hearing of things happening already, and there have been some phone calls made. Nothing is going on yet. We’ll have to see what opens up in the next little while.

On bringing in Scott Niedermayer as an assistant coach,
We’re very fortunate. I’ve been trying to get Scotty on the ice for a couple of years, and it’s just him being around. It’s not just for defenseman. It’s great for Cam, Luca, Beauch, those guys. But it’s great for everyone in that locker room because he’s the best winner of our time. He’s just a winner. He’s got such a unique perspective on things. He’s wonderful to talk to. So, it’s for everyone in that locker room.

On re-signing Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry,
It’s my priority. They’ve been Anaheim Ducks. I love those guys. They’re winners. I’m going to do everything in my power to sign them. We’ve talked to both their camps already. Their agents are coming in within the next couple of weeks. That’s my biggest priority. It’s not rocket science. I’ll try everything I can to get them signed.

On the importance of a strong start,
It’s critical for all 30 teams. I remember (the work stoppage) in ‘94 and ’95, and believe me, you’re gonna blink and the season is going to be gone. It’s going to be great because every game is a playoff game, but we have to get off to that good start.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
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11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69

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