Anaheim Ducks: 6 Things on Bob Murray’s Offseason To-Do List

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ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 6: Cam Fowler #4, Corey Perry #10, Josh Manson #42, and Adam Henrique #14 of the Anaheim Ducks wait for a face-off during the game against the Ottawa Senators on December 6, 2017, at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Name the Anaheim Ducks New Leadership

Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler are both out, so this leaves Ryan Getzlaf currently without his alternate captains going into 2019-20. This task isn’t a high priority on Bob Murray’s offseason to-do list, but it is something that has to be done. He could, of course, continue to rotate the “A” between Adam Henrique, Cam Fowler, and Josh Manson until he, and the new head coach, feel they are confident in their new leaders.

However, in my opinion, the Ducks need to walk into 2019-20 with some stability, especially as far as leadership goes. Last season, finding someone who would step up and lead, even when Ryan Getzlaf and his alternate captains were healthy, was an excruciatingly difficult task.

With several rookies looking to snag a full-time spot next season, throwing them into the NHL without that stability is going to be a huge mistake. They are the future of the Anaheim Ducks, but with less than a season of experience under their belt, they need those veteran leaders to look up to and guide them.

Cam Fowler makes the most logical sense, as he is poised to take over for Ryan Getzlaf as the captain in the next few years. Adam Henrique and Josh Manson are likely the two candidates who will be vying for the second alternate captain position, as both of them did a decent job holding the post in the absence of Perry and Kesler. Nevertheless, it would be no surprise if Murray and co. decided to take a risk on someone else like Hampus Lindholm or Jakob Silfverberg just to change things up a little bit.