Bob Murray Q&A

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Bob Murray Q&A
"I've talked to Saku a little bit and will attemp to move forward. I would like him back. Teemu, he'll go away and play golf for a while, I'll wait a while and go hit a few [golf] balls one day and then I'll go play with him and let him beat me. And then we'll decide he if wants to play again."
Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray addressed the media on Tuesday during the team's exit interviews.

On the Detroit series
I didn’t expect to have meetings with players at this moment. But we got beat. We got schooled. We got schooled by a very good playoff team and they schooled us from top to bottom, and it’s something we have to deal with here going forward. We got beat.

On losing Toni Lydman to injury
Losing Toni Lydman in this series really hurt more than you guys will ever know. He could play against two great players. He knew how to play against Datsyuk and Zetterberg. That was a big blow to us. They beat us. We have to get better.

On what changes need to be made
As I’m standing here today, I’m telling you it won’t be the same team next year. We made a lot of good steps, we’ve got a lot of good kids, but it will not be the same next year. I promise you that. It’s not good enough. It’s not good enough.

On Selanne, Koivu
I’ve talked to Saku a little bit and will attempt to move forward. I would like him back. Teemu, he’ll go away and play golf for a while, I’ll wait a while and go hit a few [golf] balls one day and then I’ll go play with him and let him beat me. And then we’ll decide if he wants to play again. So far that’s worked, so we’ll try that again. Teemu has to have time. Teemu is the type of person who needs time away. I’ve always respected that because of who he is. Nothing is going to change. He’s needs to go away, and I’ll give him his space. But I’m sure he knows this year is going to be quicker. All of a sudden we’re in the middle of May already, and the Draft is June 30th and then we’re into July. It’s going to go fast. But I’ll let him go play golf for a while and I’ll let him beat me and go from there.

On Selanne’s play
Things were going really well before [Nick Bonino’s injury], and we scraped it by after. We held it together very well after, but Teemu missed Nick. I didn’t have a replacement. I couldn’t find something.

On Selanne’s skill level now
It’s still there. His speed is still there. This was a hard season for an older guy. For an older player, this season was really rough, and we’ve had to force him to take time off. With a short season and the older you get, this is tough. It’s not fair to say ‘Is it gone?’ or not. I still saw some spurts there in the playoffs that were pretty good.

On injuries
Nick [Bonino] tore his hamstring playing soccer down the hallway. We’ve got a few injuries. Toni [Lydman] isn’t right. He’s not right. Beauch [Francois Beauchemin] is going to have surgery. He has an ACL that happened a while back. We just met. He’s going to have surgery. He promises me he’ll be ready by the start of the year, and I don’t argue with Beauch. If he says he’ll be ready, he’ll be ready.

Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] had a bad ankle that didn’t get better. We tried to give him rest, but there’s no time to give him rest. That didn’t get better.

We’ve got to see how Cam Fowler’s shoulder is. That’s not good. Kyle Palmieri’s shoulder. We’ll get more on that in the next couple of days. But the one surgery I know for sure right now is Beauch’s.

If he can get it done tomorrow, he’ll get it done tomorrow. He’ll get it done quick. He tells me he’s playing at the start of next year, so I’m not arguing. Beauch never makes a big thing of anything. He just plays. Beauch never complains.

On pending free agents
I will attempt Saku quickly. I’ve talked to Ben [Lovejoy] and we’ll see where that goes. Next year is a tough year salary cap-wise, because we’re dropping down to 64.3, so we’re going to have to pay attention to that. There are no slam dunks, trust me.

On making trades
Lots of things are possible. Again, it won’t be the same team. I haven’t gotten far enough in my thinking. I’ve got to get myself away for a little while and get my game plan with my guys. I’ll get input from our coaching staff and my guys and I will figure out where we’re going.

On attending the World Championships
It’s too late. I wish I could. Gibby [John Gibson] is there and he’s playing really well there. There aren’t a lot of free agents there this year, either. I thought there was a free agent I could go and get there right now, but I’ve had two people there. The indication is there is no free agent for me right there, right now. I think I should take some time and meet with some people here, coaches first, and veterans next week, and figure out where we’re going.

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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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