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Ducks' GM Bob Murray Named Finalist for GM of the Year

On the day after Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings, the Anaheim Ducks franchise received a bit of a pick-me-up when General Manager Bob Murray was named one of the three finalists for the General Manager of the Year Award. Yeah, it’s not really a pick me up, but hey, I tried.

Well, Murray is certainly a worthy candidate with some of the moves he made to turn this team around this season. I mean, just look at the list of moves and signings he has made this season:

  • Signing and later extending free agent goaltender Viktor Fasth (15-6-2, 2.18 GAA, .921 SV%)
  • Signing free agent defenseman Bryan Allen (6 A, 6 P, +1)
  • Signing free agent defenseman Sheldon Souray (7 G, 10 A, 17 P, +19)
  • Signing free agent center Daniel Winnik (6 G, 13 A, 19 P, +13)
  • Re-signing free agent winger Teemu Selanne (12 G, 12 A, 24 P -10)
  • Re-signing captain Ryan Getzlaf (15 G, 34 A, 49 P, +14)
  • Re-signing Corey Perry (15 G, 21 A, 36 P, +10)
  • Trading for defenseman Ben Lovejoy (10 A, 10 P, +4)

There are some important names on that list. However, I really don’t think that Murray has much of a chance with Ray Shero, General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, being a finalist. The fact that Shero was able to make the moves he did near the trade deadline is astonishing. Buy, screw the Penguins. I don’t like them. I don’t like any guy on their team. The third finalist for the award is Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens. So, we can hope for a nice little gift for someone who did a very solid job. Isn’t a little funny? This time last year we all wanted him gone! Oh well, forgive and forget!

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Tags: Anaheim Ducks Ben Lovejoy Bob Murray Bryan Allen Corey Perry Daniel Winnik Detroit Red Wings Marc Bergevin Montreal Canadiens NHL Pittsburgh Penguins Ray Shero Ryan Getzlaf Sheldon Souray Teemu Selanne Viktor Fasth

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