Murray Talks About the State of the Ducks

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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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