Bob Murray signs 4-year contract extension to remain Ducks GM
Credited with building strong minor league system
General manager Bob Murray has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks announced Murray's deal on Monday, three days after Los Angeles eliminated Anaheim in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Murray had two years remaining on his previous contract, and is now tied to the Ducks through 2020.
“Since taking over as general manager,” said Ducks chief executive officer Michael Schulman of Murray in a statement, “he has meticulously added youth, skill and depth to the organization.
“Having been in the NHL for the last thirty-nine consecutive years, he has outstanding knowledge and expertise for the job. He’s the right man to continue leading the hockey club going forward.”
Murray has been the Ducks' GM since Nov. 12, 2008, succeeding his former boss, Brian Burke. Murray joined the Ducks in 2005 as their senior vice-president of hockey operations.
Anaheim has won just two playoff rounds during Murray's tenure as GM, but the Ducks are the two-time Pacific Division champions after finishing with the Western Conference's best record this season at 54-20-8.
“Working with the Ducks and [team owners Henry and Susan Samueli] is an honour,” said Murray in a statement released by the team. “This the right place for me and my family, and I’m very grateful to have the opportunity.”
Strong farm system
The Ducks also have built one of the NHL's top farm systems, loaded with top prospects under Murray's watch.
Earlier this year, the Hockey News chose Anaheim as the No. 1 team in Future Watch, which grades the prospects and player development of the 30 NHL clubs.
Murray was a finalist for NHL GM of the year during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign when the Ducks finished with the NHL’s third-best mark of 30-12-6 and top winning percentage in franchise history at .688.
Prior to being named Anaheim’s GM, Murray was the team’s senior vice president president of hockey operations for three seasons. The Ducks won a Stanley Cup (2007), Pacific Division title (2007) and qualified for the playoffs each season during that time.
Drafted by Chicago in 1974, Murray spent his entire 15-year, 1,008-game playing career on the Blackhawks blue-line and was named an all-star in 1981 and ’83.
He joined the team’s front office in 1991 as director of player personnel and was largely responsible for the Blackhawks draft selections over eight seasons.
Murray later spent two years as assistant GM under Bob Pulford before he was promoted to the post on July 3, 1997, before leaving for Anaheim to serve as a scouting consultant in the 1998-99 season.
He left for Vancouver, where he was a professional scout with the Canucks from 1999 to 2005, before returning to Anaheim.
With files from CBCSports.ca