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    bob murray

    the blues and islander games were painful to watch.
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    bob murray

    it seems pretty obvious that this roster will have to be turned over to get younger and faster. the good news is that there are options in the ducks pipeline that will help. the bad news is that the salary cap, NO movement or trade clauses, and loyalty to veterans will slow or inhibit this needed transition. also RC may not be the optimum coach during this period.
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    bob murray

    perry, you are correct. I have combined a few transactions into one. the ducks traded Obrien for the 16th pick overall , who turned out to be colton gilles. great trade, not so great draft pick.
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    bob murray

    another interesting GM point. the ducks didn't have a first round pick that year (2008). they then received a first round pick (12th) from tampa for shane OB. they then traded that 12th pick to the la kings for two first rounders, the 17th and 28th. they then traded the 28th pick to phoenix for the 35th and 39th pick. essentially the ducks started the year with no high draft choices due to the pronger trade and then by wheeling and dealing ended up with 3 picks in the top 40. unfortunately those three draft choices weren't a huge help, however the first rounder that year, jake gardiner was helpful in the trade the ducks did with Toronto when they re-acquired beauchemin. that's a lot of GM moves.
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    bob murray

    I ran into brian burke at a fanfest and asked him how he got a first round pick ( I think from tampa) for shane Obrien. I think pronger got hurt in dec or jan or that year and the ducks called up kent huskins. huskins played great and even outplayed shane who was pretty erratic at that time. as soon as they could, they sent huskins down so as to not hurt Obrien's trade value. shane was young, tough, and appeared to have a lot of upside. tampa was happy to overpay with a first round draft pick and the ducks were happy to insert huskins in the lineup. now that's a good GM and his staff at work.
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    bob murray

    it's still quite easy to make trades close to the deadline to improve ones team, the issue is trying to make that trade without overpaying. for example right now a few teams are looking for a goaltender (st louis and pitt plus others). Detroit has a decent one in jimmy howard on an expiring contract. the price that the wings supposedly want is way too much. will someone overpay or will the wings cave? this is basically the same issue all GMs have. to improve ones team, one must usually overpay or absorb a bad contract. avoiding these traps is what separates the good GMs from the bad ones.
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    bob murray

    one must give BM credit for picking up both Aberg and Dotchin for nothing from the waiver wire. both are relatively young and seem to be able to contribute at this level. there might even be some upside for the both of them as they are in the 24-25 year old range.
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    bob murray

    mooseduck an optimist? shocking!.
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    bob murray

    I didn't like it when BM signed veterans schenn and sustr over the summer. it seemed like the ducks had up to 4 young dmen ( petterson, welinski, Larsson, and megna) who could make the jump to the ducks. all these signings did was take away ice time, slow the young d-mens improvement, and send the wrong message to the ducks minor leaguers. fortunately that mistake has been rectified, but I question why it was made in the first place and what was BM thinking?
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    bob murray

    too much loyalty to vets and too many no trade/movement clauses are BM's biggest flaws IMHO.
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    bob murray

    heard an interesting thing on the NHL radio network today. I believe I have the details essentially correct, but if i'm in error feel free to correct. in 2011 the ducks traded draft picks with leafs. the ducks traded down and received a first and second rounder. with those two picks the ducks drafted Gibson and Rakell. in 2014ish the ducks traded Freddie Anderson to the leafs for a first and second rounder. with those two picks the ducks drafted sam steel and max comtois. to me those are a couple of stellar deals. so if you want to bash Bob Murray for his mistakes, I think one needs to evaluate his full body of work to put things in perspective.
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    sami

    I know the ducks are very happy with "rico", but do you think the devils are happy with sami? I remember when the trade was made and a few east coast hockey reporters were thrilled for NJ and said this would fill a void thus giving them a good chance to win their division. the devils are playing well, but is sami? his stats are mixed. -4 with 10 assists and one goal in 28 games. anyone know/hear anything. i'm curious.
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