Ducks Murray general manager and coach Eakins to return next season: report
Coach Dallas Eakins and general manager Bob Murray will return to the Anaheim Ducks next season, according to the Associated Press.
The Ducks are 17-30-9 this season, finishing last in the eight-team Honda West Division and penultimate in the NHL behind the Buffalo Sabers. Their percentage of 0.384 points is the worst in the history of the Ducks.
Anaheim has missed the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, the third time since joining the NHL for the 1993-94 season that Anaheim has failed to advance to the playoffs in the during three consecutive seasons.
“There’s been a lot of talk about this lost season, and I don’t totally agree with that,” Murray said on Friday. “Some of the young guys got along really well, and a couple didn’t. A few middle aged guys lost a few years. But every time you go through that, call it rebuild, rearrange, remodel, reset – whatever you want to call it, it’s a plan. … We want to build a team that’s faster, younger and playing an exciting brand of hockey that our fans want to see play. “
Murray has been Anaheim’s Managing Director since November 12, 2008 when he replaced Brian Burke. Eakins was hired on June 17, 2019, replacing Murray. Murray coached the last 26 games of the 2018-19 season after sacking Randy Carlyle. Eakins is 46-63-18 in both seasons.
Murray said the optimism came from a young core of attackers, whom he planned to supplement in the offseason through free agency and trades.
“Two of these young players from our organization will be in the top six forwards,” said Murray. “I think our young goaltenders in the organization played really well. … You have boxes that you fill in when you’re building a hockey team, and I know some of these kids are going to fill those boxes now. “
Max Comtois, 22, led the Ducks with 16 goals and 33 points. Troy terry, 23, scored 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists). Beginner Trevor Zegras scored 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 24 games. The 20-year-old was Anaheim’s (9th) first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Anaheim is also counting on defenseman Jamie Drysdale, his first-round pick (6th) in the 2020 NHL Draft. The 19-year-old has scored eight points (three goals, five assists) in 24 games.
We do not know if the captain Ryan getzlaf will be able to mentor the new Ducks. The 36-year-old, who joined the Ducks for the 2005-06 NHL season, can become an unrestricted free agent July 28. The forward has scored 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 48 games this season.
“He’s clearly at the point in his career where he needs to take a step back and see what’s best for his family and what he thinks his role can be,” Murray said. “We have been discussing roles on the hockey team. Ryan and I have discussed a lot of things, and we will continue to have discussions.”