Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ducks GM Bob Murray Patient on Trade Front, but Not with Team's Performance: Ducks General Manager Waiting for Right Move

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ducks GM Bob Murray Patient on Trade Front, but Not with Team's Performance: Ducks General Manager Waiting for Right Move

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Bob Murray's frustration with the performance of the Anaheim Ducks this season won't get in the way of his desire to make the right trade.

A week after the Ducks general manager announced Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu were his only untouchable players, the roster remained intact when the team touched down in Calgary for the start of a swing through Western Canada.

"I've become a very patient person in my life, which people find funny," Murray said Wednesday in an interview. "I will wait and do the right thing for the organization when it's there."

Murray's phone has been busy since he publicly declared a willingness to make drastic changes Jan. 4, but there's been nothing to prompt him into action.

Any trade is difficult to make in the NHL these days, let alone one as significant as the type Murray is open to. He's made it clear that any team interested in marquee players like Ryan Getzlaf or Bobby Ryan will have to send impact players back in return.

"We play in southern California," Murray explained. "It won't go over going to the bottom for a few years like other teams do and getting a first-round pick and then a third and then a first, building that way. I'd love to do that some day but it won't be done in southern California because there'll be no one left in the building.

"That's why I've got to listen to anybody talking about any of our players."

Interestingly, the Ducks have won three straight games since players learned of Murray's comments, although the GM didn't seem particularly encouraged by the modest stretch of improved play.

Anaheim still sits 14th in the Western Conference with a 13-22-6 record heading into Thursday's game against Calgary. The Ducks visit Edmonton on Friday and Vancouver on Sunday.

The team is currently carrying its two American Hockey League goaltenders -- Iiro Tarkki and Jeff Deslauriers -- because Jonas Hiller and Dan Ellis are both nursing injuries. …

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