Bob Murray Finalist for GM of the Year

Posted: 05/14/2013 by bc in Uncategorized

Anaheim Ducks Vice-President and General Manager Robert (Bob) Murray has been nominated as a finalist for General Manager of the Year. The award was created in 2010 and was first presented at the annual GM meeting. It is now part of the full awards ceremony held annually in Las Vegas.

The winner is determined by vote of a panel that includes all 30 NHL general mangers, five executives and 5 members of the media.

Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens and Ray Shero of the Philadelphia Flyers are the other finalists. All of the finalists are first time nominees.

Murray, in his fifth season as GM of the Ducks, put together a roster that went from 13th in the Western Conference to second place with a Pacific Division title. He convinced Teemu Selanne to return for another season, upgraded the defense by adding Sheldon Souray, Bryan Allen and signed 30-year-old goalie Viktor Fasth, who played a major role in the team’s rise up the standings. He also took care of the future, signing franchise cornerstones Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to long-term contract extensions, preventing them from becoming free agents.

This blog has been particularly critical of Bob Murray during his tenure as GM of our Ducks. After four years of rebuilding, a process he denied, it does appear that our Ducks have turned the corner under his stewardship.

This blog wishes him nothing but the best.

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